By Lola Duffort,

Legislators in the group mostly hailed from the 50 or so districts facing forced mergers under the law, and they criticized the impact of consolidation on their communities. They emphasized that their only request was a temporary moratorium on forced mergers.

“We’re not re-legislating or re-debating Act 46 at this press conference. We’re simply asking for an extension,” said Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe.

Scheuermann said the group would be advancing two pieces of legislation for leadership’s consideration – H.39, which would simply delay implementation by a year, and H.42, which would delay implementation by a year or delay implementation until a judge had adjudicated the lawsuits. Parallel legislation will be introduced in the Senate, she said.