Vermont Legislative Council Announces New Director and Chief Council(April 17) The Vermont Legislative Council has announced that EmilyBergquist will become the new Director and Chief Counsel of theLegislative Council on July 1, 2008. Bergquist was selectedfollowing a national search to lead the Office of the LegislativeCouncil, which assists the legislature in drafting bills, providingresearch and analysis of legislative and policy issues, and supportinglegislative committee work.”The Vermont legislature sought a leader with a deep appreciation andknowledge of the institution, and the vision and readiness to meet thechallenges we face in a changing world,” said House Speaker GayeSymington. Ms. Berquist has all of these qualities and I lookforward to working with her as she assumes her new position.Bergquist has worked as an attorney with the Vermont LegislativeCouncil since 1994, with particular expertise in the areas of taxationand education finance. Previously, she served as Deputy TaxCommissioner and General Counsel for the Vermont Department of Taxes,managing the legal staff and handling major personnel matters for theentire department. Prior to joining the Vermont Department of Taxes,Emily was an associate in several law firms. She graduated fromWellesley College and has a Masters in Philosophy from RutgersUniversity. She received her JD from the University of Michigan.Bergquists hire follows the retirement of Bill Russell,Legislative Chief Counsel, who is stepping down at the conclusion ofthis years legislative session after 35 years of service to theVermont legislature. There will be a public reception in BillRussell’s honor Thursday, May 1 from 2-4 pm in the StatehouseCafeteria. All current and former legislators and staff, statehouseregulars, as well as members of the general public, are encouraged toattend to thank Bill for his many years of exceptional service, andwish him well in his retirement.
A Florida woman has been arrested after she assisted her teenaged son in robbing a convenience store.The incident occurred at a Circle K in Winter Springs, Florida back in October, however, authorities did not catch up with the pair until later.Officials say Amanda Meador drove her 15-year-old son to the store and sent him inside with a ransom note.The teen handed the clerk a ransom note which prompted the clerk hand over the cash from the register. The teen then ran back to his mother’s minivan and the pair began to drive off. The mother then stopped the car and let the teen out after she realized that he dropped the money he just stole.The teen grabbed the money and then ran to the vehicle.Authorities say though the store had surveillance cameras, they could not get an ID on the car because the pair covered the license plate.Investigators were later able to identify the teen because he left fingerprints on the note he handed the attendant.It is unclear if the teen will face any charges, however, Meador has been charged with felony armed robbery and child neglect. She is currently being held without bond.