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Vt. Senate backs reversing Citizens United ruling

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MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Senate has endorsed a resolution calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reverse a Supreme Court decision that critics say opened the floodgates on corporate campaign contributions.

The resolution calls for a constitutional convention to reverse the Citizens United decision. Calling the convention would have to win support from two-thirds of the states - 34 - and an amendment would then have to ratified by three-quarters - or 38 states.

The Senate endorsed the idea on a 25-2 vote Thursday after adding an amendment by Sen. Peter Galbraith saying Vermont would withdraw its support if the convention were not limited to the campaign finance issue.

Galbraith later said without that restriction, a convention could be open to amendment proposals including bans on abortion or same-sex marriage.

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