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April 5, 2019 – The Road to Self-Governance. On Wednesday, following much debate on and off the Senate floor, an amended self-governance bill, S.106, passed the Senate. Last week, the bill was amended to include sections of the Vermont Constitution lodging authority to grant charters with the legislature, which would ensure that municipalities remain under the “patronage or control of the state.” A second set of amendments would prohibit local cities and towns approved for self-governance from addressing numerous transportation related issues: state highways; state sign laws; standards for classifying, reclassifying, laying out or discontinuing town highways; and motor vehicle requirements except for parking, aviation, or railroads.

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