MONTPELIER (AP) - A Vermont state lawmaker is leaving the legislature to become a paid advocate pushing for the implementation of the state's universal health care plan.

Democratic Rep. Tess Taylor, of Barre, resigned Friday, a day after being named the executive director of Vermont's Coalition for Universal Reform, or CURE.

Taylor was in her third term in the Vermont House of Representatives. For the last year and a half, she had served as the House Democratic Whip.

CURE has retained a top Montpelier lobbying firm and will be permitted to run what are known as issue-advocacy campaigns around elections season.

House Democrats are expected to hold an election next week to fill Taylor's leadership position.