- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont House has voted to kill legislation calling for a study of collective bargaining between teachers and school boards.

Thursday’s 104-43 vote against the bill came a day after lawmakers narrowly defeated its most hotly debated provision - calling for a ban on teachers’ strikes and the imposition of contract terms by school boards.

Republicans had said after Wednesday’s vote that they would ask for a reconsideration vote on the question about strikes. But Rep. Patti Komline, who had been expected to ask for reconsideration, said she dropped the idea after learning she did not have enough Democratic support.

The House was nearly evenly divided when it voted on the question of strikes on Wednesday. A National Education Association teachers’ union spokesman called the outcome a victory.

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