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For Immediate Release
June 6, 2016
House Republicans Disappointed by Governor’s Veto of S. 230
Montpelier, Vt. – House Republican Leader Don Turner (R-Milton) issued the following statement in response to Gov. Shumlin’s veto of Bill S.230:
“Today, Governor Shumlin vetoed S. 230, an act related to improving the siting of energy projects in Vermont. This is very disappointing news for Vermonters. S.230 was a compromise bill approved by a 142-0 vote in the House and softened by the Senate and Governor during the legislative process.
The changes the Governor requested were made and the final bill was a modest attempt to restore some regional and local control in renewable energy projects while setting noise standards for wind turbines. The Governor once again has shown that he would rather prioritize his donors in the renewable energy business than advocate for the interests of Vermonters. All four points that the governor identified as reasons for his veto could have been addressed in the upcoming legislative session. The special legislative session this Thursday will cost taxpayers approximately $50,000 to discuss issues that could easily be addressed in the next session
For the last six years, the Democrats have enjoyed single-party rule in Vermont. Despite exercising near-total control over the legislative process, they failed to deliver a meaningful bill that protects the interests of our constituents and communities. Vermonters deserve better!”