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Attorney General’s Office Civil Rights Unit is Conducting a Request for Proposals for Mediator Services

July 2, 2020

RFP for AGO Civil Rights Mediator Services

The Vermont Attorney General’s Office Civil Rights Unit is conducting a Request for Proposals (RFP) for Mediator Services.  The RFP is available through the State of Vermont Office of Purchasing and Contracting at: (MEDIATION SERVICES). 


Former St. Albans Police Officer Cited for Simple Assault

June 30, 2020

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

Earlier today (June 29, 2020), a citation was issued to former St. Albans police officer Joel Daugreihl, 34. The charge is a misdemeanor charge for Simple Assault in violation of Title 13 V.S.A. § 1023(a)(1), which carries a maximum penalty of one-year imprisonment and/or a $1,000.00 fine. An arraignment has been scheduled for June 30, 2020, at 1:00 pm. The arraignment will be held by telephone at the Franklin Criminal Division of the Vermont Superior Court.

Attorney General Donovan Recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 15, 2020

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

Today, the Vermont Attorney General’s Office recognizes World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. “Supporting and protecting older Vermonters is a priority for my office,” said Attorney General T.J. Donovan. “We encourage all Vermonters to share in this effort, particularly as so many older Vermonters remain isolated due to COVID-19.”

Attorney General Donovan’s Statement on Senate Government Operations Committee’s Suggestions for Law Enforcement

June 11, 2020

As the Vermont Senate considers criminal justice reform measures, the Senate Government Operations Committee has compiled a list of potential measures to consider. My office is expected to testify on these measures tomorrow in the Committee. We will testify that it is time for Vermont to act. Here is what we will be advocating for:


Governor Scott and Attorney General Donovan Come Together to Issue Statements on Vermont’s Peaceful Protests

June 4, 2020

“Protests have been an important part of our democracy, driving change throughout our history. The peaceful protests we’ve seen in Vermont are an important outlet for our communities to express their sadness, anger and frustrations, and to call for change. This is a critical moment in our history, and it is our responsibility, as public servants, to listen and allow for these protests to safely continue. I thank Vermonters for their commitment to protecting each other, both through the change we are trying to seek and how we are seeking it.” – Governor Phil Scott

Randolph Man Arrested for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, Promotion of Child Pornography & Voyeurism

May 21, 2020

Contact: Domenica Padula, Chief, Criminal Division, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced today that Michael Hartigan of Randolph, Vermont, was arraigned on May 14, 2020, on two felony counts of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child, two felony counts of Promotion of Child Pornography, and two misdemeanor counts of Voyeurism. Mr. Hartigan pleaded not guilty at his arraignment in Vermont Superior Court, Orange Criminal Division. The Court, Judge Thomas A. Zonay presiding, ordered him held him without bail.

Attorney General Donovan Sues Rutland Gym for Violating Governor’s Executive Order

May 15, 2020

Lawsuit Is First to Enforce Governor’s Executive Order

Contact: Rob McDougall, Chief of Environmental Division, Co-chair of Rapid Response Team, 802-828-3171

UPDATE: Rutland Superior Court’s presiding judge has granted the State’s motion for a temporary restraining order. Club Fitness of Vermont and Mr. Manovill are now enjoined from conducting any in-person, indoor operations at any fitness center so long as the Governor’s Executive Order prohibits them from doing so.

Defending the ACA, Advocating for Small Businesses, & Calling for the Reauthorization of Violence Against Women Act

May 8, 2020

Actions taken by the AG Donovan during the week of May 4 – May 8

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

The Attorney General’s Office has been hard at work for Vermont this week. “My office’s mission and dedication to protecting Vermonters remain steadfast in these unprecedented times,” said Attorney General T.J. Donovan. “We will continue to do our part in the COVID-19 pandemic. Vermont will get through this together.” Here are some of the actions taken by the Attorney General’s Office during the week of May 4 to May 8, 2020:

Attorney General Donovan to FCC: Keep Vermonters Connected

April 29, 2020

Coalition Requests Telecomm Industry Continue to Cancel Shut-Offs for Nonpayment

Contact: Charity R. Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan has joined a group of attorneys general in urging the telecommunications industry to make further commitments to protect consumers who are struggling financially as a result of COVID-19 and in calling upon the FCC for support.

Statement On 50th Anniversary of Earth Day by Attorney General Donovan

April 22, 2020

Contact: Rob McDougall, Chief, Environmental Division, 802-828-3172

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan released the following statement for the 50th anniversary of Earth Day:

“Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day being celebrated around the globe. This year also marks the 50th anniversary of two important environmental laws: the federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and Vermont’s very own Act 250.

Attorney General Sues to Stop Price-Gouging Scheme

April 14, 2020

Contact: Christopher J. Curtis, Chief, Public Protection Division, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced that he filed a lawsuit and motion for preliminary injunction to stop a price-gouging scheme involving surgical masks. The State of Vermont alleges Big Brother Security Programs, whose primary business is to own and operate public and private transportation, and its owner Shelley Palmer of Williston, Vermont, imported surgical masks that cost 10 cents each and re-sold them to Central Vermont Medical Center for $2.50 each; for at least a 500 percent mark-up.

Attorney General Donovan Issues Directive to Lodging Operations

April 2, 2020

NOTE: The Attorney General’s Lodging Directive, as updated April 10, 2020, has been superseded by Addendum 14 and guidance from the Agency of Commerce and Community Development. The Attorney General’s Lodging Directive is no longer active and should not be relied upon for any purpose. 

Contact: Rob McDougal, Chief of Environmental Division & Co-Chair of COVID-19 Rapid Response Team, 802-828-3171

Attorney General Donovan Urges Federal Government To Prioritize Production Of COVID-19 Protective Gear & Testing Supplies

March 24, 2020

Contact: Charity Clark, Chief of Staff, 802-828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan today joined a coalition of 15 attorneys general in urging the federal government to fully utilize the Defense Production Act to immediately prioritize the production of masks, respirators, and other critical items needed by health care workers, first responders, and law enforcement as they respond to the COVID-19 crisis.

Advocates, law enforcement stand ready to help survivors of domestic and sexual violence despite global pandemic

March 24, 2020

Self-isolation does not mean that you are alone:

Resources continue to be available to all who need them


WATERBURY, Vt. (March 24, 2020) — The Vermont State Police, Vermont Attorney General’s Office and the Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence join with other law-enforcement agencies and advocacy organizations to acknowledge the unique and difficult challenges facing people who are living in abusive and violent circumstances during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Attorney General’s Office Working Remotely until at Least April 6th

March 17, 2020

Contact: Charity Clark, Chief of Staff, (802) 828-3171

Attorney General T.J. Donovan announced today that, in light of the COVID-19 crisis, the employees of the Attorney General’s Office are working remotely. This will facilitate social distancing and allow parents to be at home with their children while Vermont schools are closed. There is no anticipated disruption of service. The AGO’s remote worker program will continue until at least April 6th.

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