The chairman of the Vermont House Natural Resources and Energy Committee says he's hopeful it will be smooth sailing for a bill that could nearly quadruple the amount of renewable energy the state gets from utility customers who use "net metering."
The gun control measures passed by Burlington voters on Town Meeting Day must also be approved by legislators in Montpelier. But it appears unlikely lawmakers will take up the measures before the end of this session.
A group of Vermont lawmakers is calling for a new "bill of economic rights," including a sharply higher minimum wage, guaranteed paid sick days and a requirement that employers have just cause before firing anyone.
The Vermont Legislature is getting ready to convene for the 2014 session.
The leaders of the House and Senate say the session that is starting Tuesday will focus on erasing a projected $70 million state budget shortfall and grappling with the growing abuse of opium-based drugs that is wrecking lives and driving crime.
Democratic House Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell say committees will begin work Tuesday.
Smith and Campbell say lawmakers will need to work hard to erase the projected budget deficit without raising taxes.