The Vermont Legislature is back at work, with a busy week of action on the House and Senate floors.
The House is expected to take action on boosting transportation funding by increasing the gasoline tax. The bill moves to add a percentage sales tax on the per-gallon cost, in addition to the flat fee now assessed. The new tax would be phased-in over two years.
In the Senate, final passage is expected on a bill that would open some police investigative records to public review when that would not interfere with an active investigation. The move is opposed by police and prosecutors.
Also up for debate in the Senate are proposed new regulations for wind power development. The bill would require new industrial wind farms to comply with Act 250 land use regulations and give towns more of a voice in the siting process. Opponents say it will unnecessarily hamper development of renewable energy in Vermont. Some Senators may try to amend the bill to put off any new regulations until after the governor's siting commission reports back to the Legislature later this year.