Lawmakers Get Decorum Training

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Vermont House members should be mindful of where they stand and walk during debates so they don’t cross between members who are speaking and the presiding officer.

That was one tip First Assistant House Clerk William MaGill shared with lawmakers during a special decorum training session on Tuesday.

House leaders agreed to the session after an evening debate two weeks ago on the budget that was marked by some unorthodox debating tactics.

House Speaker Shap Smith says he wants lawmakers to have a tuneup on proper debating practice with issues like "death-with-dignity" legislation and marijuana decriminalization up for debate in the next few weeks.

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