- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Majority Democrats in the Vermont House are still divided over legislation that would ban teachers’ strikes and the imposition of contracts by school boards on the eve of scheduled floor debate on the issue.

Members of the House Education Committee are backing legislation that would ban those so-called nuclear options as of a year from July, and launch a special study group to work out details during the next year.

The House General, Housing and Military Affairs Committee opposes a ban on strikes, saying they are sometimes necessary to resolve labor disputes that otherwise can drag on for years.

Backers of the legislation held a news conference Tuesday to rally support for the cause the day before Wednesday’s scheduled House debate.

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