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Scott vetoes Global Warming Solutions Act

Posted 3 days ago by Meredith Roberts

Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the Global Warming Solutions Act Tuesday, leaving the fate of the legislation — which would legally mandate the state meet carbon emission reductions targets in the coming years — in the hands of the Legislature.

Despite Scott’s veto, Democratic leadership in the Statehouse has the two-thirds majority needed to override the Republican’s decision and enact the bill, H.688 — which has been a top priority in the 2020 session.

House Speaker Mitzi Johnson, D-South Hero, said in a statement Tuesday evening that the Legislature would take “prompt action” on a vote to override Scott’s veto.

Last week, the Vermont House of Representatives voted 102-45 in favor of the Global Warming Solutions Act. The Vermont Senate passed the bill on June 25 in a 22-6 vote.

H.688 would require the state to reduce greenhouse gas pollution....

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