Vermont lawmakers to revisit renewable energy fight

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MONTPELIER, VT. >> Vermont lawmakers are returning to Montpelier for a special session to respond to Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin's veto of a bill that some see as slowing the development of renewable energy.

Shumlin objected to four provisions in the bill, including a sound standard for wind turbines that he says was inadvertently set too low. He also cited a lack of money for planning under the bill and new deed recording requirements for home solar installations.

Since it was a Senate bill, that chamber votes first on whether to uphold or overturn the governor's veto. Some lawmakers are pushing to sustain the veto and then create a new bill incorporating changes to win Shumlin's support.

House Republicans say they want an override, which would allow the bill's current wording to stand.


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