Dem challenger for auditor wants to pump brakes on climate regulation – VT Daily Chronicle

A ‘blue dog’ Democrat running for state auditor has proposed a bill that would let the auditor sue the state if climate change regulations are ineffective. Incumbent Doug Hoffer doesn’t support it.

“H905, “relating to the Vermont State Auditor and potential legislation and rules concerning climate change,” was introduced by Sullivan and Rep. Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) Jan. 28. It says the “State Auditor shall review any proposed rules and plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions for effectiveness and issue a report within three months. Should the proposed rules be deemed insufficient by the Auditor and if the selectboards of at least 20 municipalities within the State within 30 days of the issuance of the Auditor’s report request that the Auditor file suit, the Auditor shall file suit asking that a court direct the relevant agency or department to rewrite the rules.”

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