Vermont House hears testimony on amendment that would remove slavery from constitution
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Vermont House hears testimony on amendment that would remove slavery from constitution


IMPROVISED EXPLOSIVE DEVICE. POLICE THINK THEY WERE MADE IN SODA BOTTLES. LEADS ARE BEING INVESTIGATED BASED ON A POSSIBLE VEHICLE DESCRIPTION. IF YOU KNOW ANYTHING, CALL NEW HAMPSHIRE POLICE. 3 LAUREN FROM THE STATEHOUSE… LAST MONTH, THE VERMONT SENATE APPROVED A MEASURE TO REMOVE ANY REFERENCE TO SLAVERY FROM THE STATE CONSTITUTION, AND NOW, THE HOUSE HAS TAKEN UP THE AMENDMENT. GLENN THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS HELD A HEARING ON THE PROPOSAL TODAY. LOCAL 44’S DEVIN BATES WAS IN MONTPELIER FOR IT AND JOINS US NOW IN STUDIO WITH MORE. DEVIN?DEVIN THIS IS ANOTHER STEP IN WHAT WILL LIKELY BE A LONG PROCESS TO AMEND THE STATE CONSTITUTION, BUT LAWMAKERS I SPOKE TO ON THE COMMITTEE SAID IT’S NECESSARY, AND THE MAJORITY OF THOSE WHO TESTIFIED TODAY FELT THE SAME. 3 AN AMENDMENT TO THE VERMONT CONSTITUTION THAT WOULD REMOVE REFERENCES TO SLAVERY IS MOVING IT’S WAY THROUGH THE LEGISLATIVE PROCESS ONE COMMITTEE AT A TIME – THE CONSTITUTION CURRENTLY READS NO PERSON 21 OR OLDER SHOULD SERVE AS A SLAVE UNLESS BOUND BY THEIR OWN CONSENT OR BY LAW. THE CHAIR OF THE HOUSE COMMITTEE ON GOVERNMENT OPERATIONS REFLECTED ON BEING A PART OF WHAT WILL END UP BEING A YEARS-LONG EFFORT. “It’s actually pretty cool to be a part of something that is as important as considering an amendment to our constitution and then to know that it’s going to be another five years before this actually takes effect.”REPRESENTATIVE SARAH COPELAND-HANZAS’ COMMITTEE HEARD TESTIMONY ON THE PROPOSAL WEDNESDAY EVENING. MARK HUGHES, THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF JUSTICE FOR ALL VERMONT SAID ATTENTION ON THIS AMENDMENT HASN’T BEEN FOCUSED ON THE UNDERLYING ISSUES.”The proposal has always been about addressing systemic racism in our state laws and institutions. Despite this fact, much attention has been given to the words “removing all reference to slavery,” as indicated in our original request, again, this has never been our intention.”IF THE HOUSE ENDS UP PASSING THE AMENDMENT, IT WILL THEN GO BACK TO BOTH CHAMBERS IN 20-20, AND THEN GO TO A STATEWIDE VOTE. LAST WEEK, AN EDITORIAL IN THE CALEDONIAN RECORD CRITICIZED THE AMENDMENT, IT READ IN PART QUOTE “WHY ARE LEGISLATORS WASTING TIME ON MEANINGLESS GESTURES WHEN THEY COULD BE MAKING OUR STATE MORE COMPETITIVE FOR BUSINESS INVESTMENT? THEN WE THOUGHT WAIT, THESE ARE VERMONT LEGISLATORS.” END QUOTE.THOSE WORKING ON THE AMENDMENT FEEL DIFFERENTLY.”I don’t think it’s a waste of time, and it is actually the job of the legislature to take on these tasks even though its going to take four years and even though there may be voices out there who disagree. Ultimately, all we’re doing as stewards of this language is passing it through a process to say the voters of Vermont will decide.” 3 DEVINLAST MONTH, THE PROPOSAL PASSED THE SENATE, WITH DEMOCRATIC SENATOR DICK MCCORMACK BEING THE ONLY NO VOTE, SAYING “IT WON’T BE ACCURATE, IT’LL BE HISTORY WITH A SMILEY FACE PLASTERED ON IT.” LIVE IN-STUDIO, DEVIN BATES, LOCAL 44 NEWS. 3 LAUREN THE VERMONT ALL STATE MUSIC FESTIVAL MARCHED THROUGH MONTPELIER TODAY AFTER

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