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Vt. lawmakers face debates on taxes, death, pot

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By DAVE GRAM
Associated Press

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont lawmakers this year face a full agenda including projected shortfalls in the general and transportation funds as well as social issues ranging from physician-assisted death to decriminalization of marijuana.

The session starts Jan. 9.

The state Transportation Fund is projected to run nearly $250 million short of what is needed in each of the next several years. Lawmakers are expected to be considering options including changes to the state gasoline and vehicle property taxes.

They may also consider reducing penalties for marijuana possession and allowing doctor-assisted suicide under certain conditions.

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