By Lola Duffort,

Rep. Heidi Scheuermann, R-Stowe, has been leading the charge in the Legislature to delay forced mergers by a year. A bill to do so, H.39, has passed both the House and the Senate, but the two chambers are at loggerheads over how to reconcile their respective proposals.

Scheuermann expressed frustration with her fellow House lawmakers for how they had handled negotiations, and said she would keep advocating for a delay.

“In order to do this right, we need to extend this compressed timeframe,” she said.