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The Vermont Senate Chamber in Montpelier. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/8397057968/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
The Vermont Senate Chamber in Montpelier. Photo: Adam Fagen, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vermont Senate backs reversing Citizens United ruling

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) The Vermont Senate is slated to take final action on a resolution calling for an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to reverse a Supreme Court's 2010 Citizens United decision that critics say opened the floodgates on corporate campaign contributions.

Calling the convention would have to win support from two-thirds of the states -- 34 -- and an amendment would then have to ratified by three-quarters -- or 38 states.

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The Senate endorsed the idea on a 25-2 vote Thursday after adding an amendment by Sen. Peter Galbraith saying Vermont would withdraw its support if the convention were not limited to the campaign finance issue.

Galbraith later said without that restriction, a convention could be open to amendment proposals including bans on abortion or same-sex marriage.

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