MONTPELIER, VT. >> The Vermont House has advanced a $24 million fee bill, most of which will come from a 150 percent increase in the fees securities companies pay to sell mutual funds.
While the mutual fund fee will raise more than $18 million of the $24 million, more debate was focused on a $15 increase in Vermont's marriage license fee — from $45 to $60.
Republican Rep. Joey Purvis argued that Vermont couples would instead choose to get married in New Hampshire, which has a marriage license fee of $45. He says that would turn New Hampshire into the "new Las Vegas."
He also questioned the plan to use the new money to support a state anti-domestic violence program. He says that signals that the state expects marriages to be violent.