Dubie says he’ll focus on strengthening child sexual abuse laws

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(Host) This morning, Lieutenant Governor Brian Dubie formally kicked off his third re-election campaign by promising to improve the Vermont economy and strengthen laws against child sexual assault.

In remarks to supporters gathered in Montpelier, the Republican listed what he sees as his accomplishments in office. He said he’s worked closely with Governor Jim Douglas on transportation, health care, and education initiatives. He said he’s focused now on ways to relieve the heating fuel crisis that looms this winter.

His speech also had a law and order theme. Dubie vowed to fight efforts to decriminalize drug laws. And he said Vermont needs tougher laws to protect children.

(Dubie) “Over 30,000 Vermonters have signed my petition and agree with me that we need to enact reforms to better protect our children. And those reforms talk about longer sentences, but there are six other reforms that are called out in that petition.’

(Host) Dubie said the economy and job creation is the biggest challenge facing Vermont. He said Governor Douglas has agreed to let him become more involved in the state budget process.

(Dubie) “We know that pressures on our budget are going to accelerate. I see as lieutenant governor and I asked in the conversation to make my decision to run for re-election that I want to – and the governor has agreed – to permit me to work more closely with Secretary of Administration Neale Lunderville to prepare our budget. Our budget is going to be a huge challenge going forward.” (:20)

(Host) Dubie faces Democrat Thomas Costello in the November election.

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