After The Governor's Veto, The Fate of Vermont's Toxic Substances Bill

Apr 20, 2018

A bill that could change how Vermont regulates toxic substances was vetoed by Gov. Scott. Now lawmakers are working on a possible veto override. We're looking at what the bill could mean for Vermont, the reasons behind the governor's veto and the prospect of a possible override. 

The regulations of S.103 would create an Interagency Committee on Chemical Management, which would monitor and track toxic substances and hazardous materials in the state. The bill would also change how the state conducts groundwater testing, and how it tracks and even bans certain chemicals considered "of concern" to children.

Gov. Scott's veto said the bill would have "no practical impact to how [the administration] regulates these chemicals."

Sen. Virginia Lyons, co-sponsor of S.103, and Al Gobeille, secretary of Vermont's Agency of Human Services, join Vermont Edition to discuss what the bill could mean for Vermont's regulations of toxic substances, the governor's veto and the process involved in a potential override vote in the Senate and House.

And VPR statehouse reporter Peter Hirschfeld joins the discussion to talk about the tension between the governor and lawmakers on S103 and other pieces of legislation.

Broadcast Monday, April 23, 2018 at noon; rebroadcast at 7 p.m.

Editor's note: The above text reflects changes to more accurately define the scope of S.103.