Vermont lawmakers are arguing about a Republican plan to shorten the legislative session and use the money that would be saved to provide additional home heating assistant.
The Republican proposal was defeated overwhelmingly.
Republican leader Representative Patti Komline says shortening the session would bring focus and discipline to the legislative process. And she says Vermonters need the heating assistance.
But Democrats say they’re working on important issues this session and don’t want to lock the Legislature into to the April 12 adjournment date.
They also say the federal government is boosting home heating aid for Vermont by $4 million.
Democratic Representative Carolyn Partridge says the Republican idea is a gimmick.