With End In Sight, Lawmakers Confer On Key Bills

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Despite last minute snags that could push the 2012 legislative session into next week, Vermont lawmakers are optimistic they’ll be able to wrap up their business for the year by this weekend.

Those snags include Senate add-ons to the budget bill that House conferees have labeled non-starters.

Among them is a measure that says if ratepayers bail out a utility they should be paid back.  The Senate-approved amendment aims to make sure that customers of Central Vermont Public Service Corporation get a $21 million refund when the company is sold and then merged with Green Mountain Power.

The plan for reapportionment of legislative districts had been considered another possible sticking point, but that issue has been resolved.

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