MONTPELIER (AP) - The Vermont House has given preliminary approval to a bill setting a statewide policy on training police officers before they are issued electronic stun guns.
The measure won preliminary approval on Tuesday on a voice vote with little debate.
Backers say the bill is aimed at ensuring uniform standards for police use of the weapons throughout Vermont.
But critics - including the mother of MacAdam Mason of Thetford, who was killed by a state trooper's Taser in 2012 - say the bill is inadequate.
Rhonda Taylor - Mason's mother - says the bill is not specific enough and gives police officers too much leeway in when to use the weapons.