MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Vermont House Speaker Shap Smith wants two legislative committees to take testimony from Vermont business owners and others who are already seeing the effects of climate change.
Smith says businesses including ski resorts and stores that rely on business from snowmobilers saw what may be a harbinger of things to come with last winter's minimal snowfall.
He wants the House Natural Resources and Energy and Commerce committees to hear the testimony as a first step toward creating policies to deal with the problem of climate change.
In remarks following his election to a third term as speaker, the Morristown Democrat also said he wants to address some problems in Vermont's education system - chief among them not enough kids going to college.
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