- Associated Press - Monday, May 5, 2014

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Vermont Senate has passed a bill calling for enhanced police training on the use of electronic stun guns.

Legislative action comes nearly two years after a 39-year-old Thetford man, MacAdam Mason, died of heart failure after being struck in the chest by a state trooper’s stun gun.

An amendment added to the bill Monday calls for the state’s Law Enforcement Advisory Board to study whether police carrying stun guns also should be required to wear body cameras that would record their actions.

Now the question is whether the House will agree to the Senate’s changes on a bill the House had passed previously. If the House does not concur with the Senate’s changes, a legislative conference committee will be appointed to work out differences.

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