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Two anti-drug bills gaining ground in Montpelier

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Two bills targeting Vermont's growing drug problem are moving forward in Montpelier.

In the Senate, lawmakers approved a measure designed to reduce incarceration and repeat offenders.

The bill would allow low-level criminals with mental illness or drug addiction to be treated rather than prosecuted and put behind bars.

In the House, representatives passed a measure creating an enhanced charge for drunk drivers found to have blood alcohol levels twice the legal limit.

The bill would also change how drugged driving charges are handled in the courts.

Right now prosecutors have to prove a high motorist is not capable of driving. But under the proposed legislation, they would only have to prove slight impairment.

Both measures still need further approval before they become law.

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