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Friday, June 5

MONTPELIER - Vermont now has a "right to dry" law that bars condominium associations and housing complex owners from banning the use of clotheslines to dry clothing. The provision, tucked into an energy bill passed by the Legislature in its recent session, was hailed Thursday at the Statehouse, with supporters saying dryers can use 15 percent of a household's electricity consumption.

State Sen. Richard McCormack, who's been pushing for the law for years, says outdoor clothes drying saves energy and is easy, according to the Barre Montpelier Times Argus.

Maggie Newton, a retired physician from Brattleboro, says her condo association bars her from hanging laundry out to dry and says she's looking forward to having the law on her side now.