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Vt. lawmakers push toward adjournment

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Another busy day of twists and turns in Montpelier. It's the first of May which means legislators have about nine days left. And the pace of progress was slow Thursday at the Vermont Statehouse.

With a pending deadline for the end of the session, House lawmakers are debating what the due date should be for the governor's financing plan for single-payer. The current proposal sets a Jan. 15 deadline after the November elections. House Republicans want an October due date, just before the elections. Either way the current version of the bill would strip single-payer implementation funding if the governor can't produce a suitable plan.

Also Thursday, the House passed measures dealing with eyewitness identification and best practices for police to ensure suspects aren't wrongfully accused and ultimately convicted.

They also passed a measure adding more teeth to a provision calling for all law enforcement agencies throughout the state to have a bias-free policing policy.

In the Senate, lawmakers made slow progress on a miscellaneous tax bill Thursday. A few senators stood to call for everything from requiring a zero-percent property tax hike, to more funds for weatherization and greater taxation of the state's biggest earners and businesses with the most capital. Those debates lasted for about two hours, but none of the votes were close.

Friday, hot-button issues like school governance and minimum wage are likely to get significant discussion time.

We spoke with many of the workers’ rights advocates who came Thursday for a May Day celebration. They say they're disappointed paid sick days won't pass this year and that they won't get a livable minimum wage, but call some of the legislation a good start.

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