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Vt. lawmakers make progress on minimum wage and taser bills

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MONTPELIER, Vt. -

Work continues at the Statehouse on several bills that lawmakers hope to pass before adjourning for the year.

House and Senate negotiators made progress Thursday on a bill that would raise the minimum wage. While the House wanted to jump to $10.10 an hour next year, the Senate wanted to get to $10.50 in three years.

The compromise could land at $10.10 in 2017 and it's a plan Gov. Peter Shumlin (D-Vermont) favors.

Lawmakers also gave final approval to a bill that requires a statewide policy for police use of tasers. The bill requires annual training of officers and includes protections for vulnerable people. Governor Shumlin is expected to sign this bill.

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