wind farm referendum - Will this straw vote have any clout?
Legally, referendums in Vermont are non-binding and carry none of the punch they do in some other states.
November 24, 2005
by Paul Lefebvre
in The Barton Chronicle
“We’re not Maine or Massachusetts, and we’re certainly not California,” noted Michael Chernick, who is with the Legislative Council in Montpelier.
But, he added, they can be politically persuasive. And when it comes to such a controversial subject as industrial wind farms on Northeast Kingdom ridge lines, a political edge is what both sides hope to achieve in the straw vote scheduled for Sheffield next month.
In fact the prize of public support is so appealing that UPC wind developer Michael Caffyn is in favor of seeing another referendum held among residents of the second town where his... [continue via Web link]