Did Governor Jim Douglas inadvertently veto the hemp bill
last week when he thought he was allowing the legislation to become law?
Secretary of State Deb Markowitz thinks the answer
may be yes and she’s wants the Attorney General’s office to make a ruling.
VPR’s Bob Kinzel reports
Three weeks after
Gov. Jim Douglas vetoed legislation seeking guarantees behind the Vermont
Yankee decommissioning fund, his administration is raising its own questions
about the financial stability of a proposed new owner for the nuclear plant.
Douglas has vetoed a bill that would have required Vermont Yankee to guarantee
there’s enough money to dismantle the nuclear plant when it shuts down.
Douglas said the legislation would have forced Yankee to
charge more for electricity.
But Democrats pounced on the veto, and accused the
governor of protecting Yankee’s out-of-state owners.
The House has voted to sustain Governor Douglas’s veto of
a campaign finance reform bill by a one-vote margin. Backers of the the legislation said it’s needed to keep
big money out of Vermont politics,
but opponents argued that it gives incumbents an unfair advantage.
Jim Douglas says Vermonters could pay higher electric rates because of a bill
that requires Vermont Yankee to show it has enough money to decommission the
decommissioning bill won final approval on Thursday in the House. It
will soon head to the governor for his signature – or his veto.