UPDATE: House Finalizes Budget; Senate Debates License Plate Readers

By Kirk Carapezza

The House voted 91-49 on Friday in favor of a state budge that increases  state spending by roughly 5 percent. The approval came after some amendments offered by Republican legislators were withdrawn. Still, as VPR’s Bob Kinzel reports, the bill sets up a major disagreement with Governor Peter Shumlin over the funding of child care programs.

VPR News: House Approves Budget With 5 Percent Increase

You can stream the House debate here.

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In the Senate, lawmakers are expected to pass a watered-down version of a bill that would regulate how long police authorities can retain information gathered by automated license plate readers. Civil rights advocates had hoped to limit retention to 30 days, but the bill before the Senate today would permit the information to be held for 18 months. Sen. John Campbell has proposed an amendment that would allow law enforcement to seek an extension.

It also appears the Vermont Senate is poised to restrict fire retardant chemicals in commercial products. Lawmakers have been trying this week to strike a deal between the business community and environmentalists.