Dozens of Bills Remain in Conference Committee

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Three bills need to be agreed on before lawmakers can go home: the revenue (or tax) bill, the budget and a transportation bill.

Lawmakers also want to get some policy bills through as well.

There are nearly two dozen bills in conference committee, where Senators and Representatives are trying to find a compromise.

These include a driver’s license suspension bill to get more Vermonters back on the road, enhancing penalties for people who assault Department for Children and Families workers, and a law establishing a standard for body cameras used by law enforcement.

“Every day that we are here, it costs the taxpayers money,” said Senate President Pro Tempore John Campbell. “There’s no way, if bills haven’t been completed by now, then clearly, an extra day or two is not going to make it happen, and all it’s gonna do is end up costing the taxpayers more money. That’s not right, that’s not fair for taxpayers in Vermont, they pay enough as is.”

Vermont would spend about $5.76 billion in it’s budget, more than a two percent increase from last year. New taxes and fees make up about $35 million in new revenue. The nitty-gritty details of the budget and revenue will be discussed all tomorrow and possibly into Saturday.

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