VERMONT HOUSE INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO PROTECT CIVIL RIGHTS AND LIBERTIES OF ALL VERMONTERS

10 February 2017

9 February 2017

Contact: Katherine Levasseur (802) 828-2245 or KLevasseur@leg.state.vt.us

Montpelier, VT - House Speaker Mitzi Johnson joined Governor Phil Scott, Attorney General T.J. Donovan, Senator Dick Sears, and others to introduce legislation designed to protect the civil rights and liberties of Vermonters.

"I applaud Governor Scott and Attorney General Donovan for their swift and thoughtful approach to addressing the President’s Executive Orders in our State. I am very pleased that the Senate is joining the House to partner on this legislation. This bill will be introduced in the House today with tri-partisan leadership from House Majority Leader Representative Jill Krowinski, Representative Robin Chesnut-Tangerman - the Progressive Caucus Leader - and Republican Representative Heidi Scheuermann” said House Speaker Mitzi Johnson.

H.228 was introduced in the House and the Senate today. This bill proposes to promote public safety by protecting Vermont residents from compulsory collection of personally identifying information, or dissemination of that information for purposes of establishing a mandatory federal registry or database.

The House and Senate Judiciary Committees will begin immediate action on this bill with a joint hearing tomorrow.  

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