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Marijuana ‘lounges’, sick leave on lawmakers' 2016 agenda

Published:Monday | January 4, 2016 | 12:00 AM


A proposal to legalize, regulate and tax marijuana and a bill to require employers to offer paid sick leave to workers are among the top agenda items as Vermont lawmakers reconvene to start the second half of their 2015-2016 session.

Senate committees will consider two bills that would allow possession, cultivation and sales of marijuana in Vermont.

Governor Peter Shumlin says he supports legalization in concept, but it's not clear it has the votes to pass.

Meanwhile, the Senate will take up a House-passed bill requiring employers to offer paid sick time off to most workers.

And lawmakers will be working to close a projected $58.8 million budget shortfall.