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Vermont House overrides veto of climate bill

Published: Sep. 17, 2020 at 12:48 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 17, 2020 at 4:33 PM EDT
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MONTPELIER, Vt. (WCAX) - The Vermont House has voted to override a gubernatorial veto of a bill designed to combat global warming.

Lawmakers voted 103 to 47 to reverse Governor Phil Scott’s veto of the Global Warming Solutions Act. The bill sets strict greenhouse gas reduction goals up to 2050. If the state fails to meet them, Vermonters can sue the state. The bill also sets up a climate board that will create policies on how to reduce emissions.

Lawmakers say passing the bill is a big step in the state’s efforts to tackle climate change. “Climate change is hard. We are talking about an activity that is transforming our entire world and our economy and our children’s lives,” said Rep. Laura Sibilia, I-West Dover.

Governor Scott vetoed the bill earlier this week, saying it would open the state to unnecessary legal costs and that the board will have no accountability to citizens.

The Senate is expected to override the veto next week.

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