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Vt. House Speaker on session, Burlington guns

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

We are nearing the end of the 2014 legislative session. Big issues remain, including next year's budget, paying for education and the minimum wage. And Monday, the governor made a big announcement-- an economic jobs package.

Rep. Shap Smith, D-Vt. House Speaker, appeared on the Channel 3 News at 6 p.m. to discuss priorities for lawmakers.

Smith also talked about gun regulations in Burlington. On Town Meeting Day, city voters overwhelmingly OK'd a charter change to regulate guns in the city. But it needs state approval before it can go into effect. Smith said lawmakers will not have time to take up that issue during this session. He also has concerns about carving up gun laws on a municipality versus municipality basis.

"I'd like to see whether those concerns are ones we can address. Now, we have a law that says that we can't actually have laws on a municipal basis that govern the ownership and possession of guns. And we need to really figure out whether that makes sense to do it on a municipality versus municipality basis," Smith said.

Watch the video for the live interview with Smith.

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