- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 29, 2016

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) - Gov. Peter Shumlin has appointed state Sen. Diane Snelling to chair the state Natural Resources Board, and has appointed former legislator Helen Riehle of South Burlington to fill Snelling’s Senate seat.

Snelling, a Republican who has served in the Senate since 2002, when she was appointed to replace her mother, Barbara Snelling, moves over to chair the five-member board that oversees Vermont’s Act 250 land-use law. Snelling has served on the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

The Democratic governor also picked the Republican Riehle to replace Snelling for the remainder of this legislative term, which is expected to wrap up in early May. Riehle, who previously served in the House and Senate, says she does not plan to seek re-election to the Senate in the fall.

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