Vermont House overrides veto of climate bill

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House of Representatives on Thursday voted to override a gubernatorial veto of a bill designed to combat global warming.

The vote was 103-47 to override.

On Tuesday, Republican Gov. Phil Scott vetoed the bill, which would have required Vermont to meet certain greenhouse gas emissions targets in the coming years and allowed the state to be sued if it didn’t.

Scott, a Republican, says he shares the commitment of the Democratic-led Legislature’s commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but has problems with certain aspects of the bill.

He urged the Legislature to revisit the bill with his input to use the state’s clean water plan as a model for work on climate change.

The original bill passed the House with enough support to override the governor.

“The climate crisis is upon us and will not wait until we are ready," Democratic House Speaker Mitzi Johnson said in a statement. “We need a plan for our state and a government that is accountable to that plan. Vermonters demand it, and our future generations depend upon it."

The bill now goes to the Senate, which also passed the original legislation with enough support to override the veto.