Gas Tax In House; Public Records In Senate

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Vermont lawmakers have a busy week coming up, with the House expected to take action on boosting transportation funding by increasing the gasoline tax, and the Senate slated to take final action on making some police records public.

In the House, Speaker Shap Smith says he expects action on the transportation bill Wednesday and Thursday. It would phase in about $26 million in new gas tax revenues over two years.

Among other bills the House is likely to take up is one calling on Vermont employers to make sure women are paid equally with men when they’re doing the same work.

In the Senate, final passage is expected on a bill that would open some police investigative records to public review, when that would not interfere with an active investigation.

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