- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - With the clock ticking down for local school districts to prepare budgets, the Vermont House is planning a rare midnight session to consider compromise school spending legislation passed by the Senate.

Sunday will mark the start of a required 30-day notice period before the March 1 Town Meeting Day, when many Vermonters will be voting on local school budgets. Lawmakers say legislation affecting what those budgets will look like needs to pass before then.

House Republicans would not agree Friday with a procedural vote to bring the Senate bill up for action, necessitating the session after the calendar turns to Saturday.

Republican leader Don Turner says the bill will add about 2 cents per $100 to the typical local tax rate, and raise about $8 million in additional school funding.

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