- Associated Press - Thursday, June 9, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - The Latest on impasse over Vermont energy bill (all times local):

9:50 p.m.

The legislative impasse has ended. Lawmakers have sustained Gov. Peter Shumlin’s veto of a bill that some believed would have slowed renewable energy development in Vermont, and replaced it with one that’s more to the Democratic governor’s liking.

Shumlin vetoed a bill Monday designed to give towns and regional planning commissions more say in where wind and solar projects are built. He complained that it set sound standards for wind turbines that were too low, was missing $300,000 in needed funding for the planning and needed other changes.

After a day of wrangling, the Senate on Thursday night sustained the governor’s veto and the House responded by passing the replacement bill.


5:30 p.m.

It’s turned into the Vermont Legislature’s version of a game of who will blink first.

Democratic Gov. Peter Shumlin’s veto of a renewable energy bill has brought lawmakers back to Montpelier for a special session on whether to override the governor’s veto.

But through a day of wrangling, neither the Senate nor the House had voted on that question by 5 p.m. Thursday. Instead, the Senate passed and sent to the House a replacement bill for the one the governor vetoed.

House Republicans have twice blocked a move to take up the replacement bill, and want to have a vote on whether the override Shumlin’s veto.

But the Senate voted down an effort to bring the veto override up, and the House can’t act until the Senate does.

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