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Galbraith Angers Vermont Senate Colleagues

WAMC/Pat Bradley

The Vermont Senate has defeated an effort by Senator Peter Galbraith to amend a campaign finance bill.

The vote came after two hours of debate in which several senators appeared angry with Galbraith for mounting a protracted interrogation of his fellow Windham County Democrat, Government Operations Committee Chairwoman Jeannette White.

The majority leader of Galbraith's own party, Senator Philip Baruth of Chittenden County, raised a point of order, arguing that Galbraith was violating the rule against speaking tediously.

Galbraith's failed effort was to change the bill to cap the campaign contributions business owners can give when they give both in their own names and those of the businesses they own.

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