Legislative Leaders Tout Session Achievements

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The leaders of the Vermont House and Senate say they’re pleased with the accomplishments of the just completed legislative session.

But Speaker Shap Smith and Senate President Pro Tem John Campbell continue to disagree about something that didn’t happen this year.

That’s giving police the ability to get without a search warrant information from a Health Department database of prescription drug records.

Campbell supports that; Smith does not.

Smith and Campbell are both Democrats. They say the Legislature did a good job handling recovery from Tropical Storm Irene and revamping the state’s mental health system.

As for business left for next year, Smith says he wants to push tax reform including a sales tax that would be broadened to cover services but on which the 6 percent rate would be lowered.

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