Rev. Mark Hughes, executive director of the Vermont Racial Justice Alliance, told senators that the bill needs more testimony.
The legislation would make all misdemeanor convictions — with exceptions for violent crimes such as sexual exploitation of a child and domestic violence offenses — eligible for sealing. Certain felony offenses are also covered under the legislation.
The three bills in the House Judiciary Committee seek to keep drug users out of prison. H.644, which has the widest support, would decriminalize possession of scheduled drugs.
The House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday approved an amended version of S.30, making it a crime to possess a gun in a hospital and closing the so-called “Charleston Loophole.”
The legislation would permit a law enforcement officer to use a chokehold when it is “objectively reasonable and necessary” to defend against serious bodily injury or death.
The bill would prevent law enforcement officers from charging crime victims or those who report crimes with prostitution.
The measure is one of several gun control measures proposed this year.
Some legislators, prosecutors and domestic violence victim advocates support the bill, but the defender general's office cautioned against 'importing another state’s criminal justice system.'
It's unlikely the legislation on the seizing of firearms, following the killing of a South Burlington woman, will move ahead during the special session.
The bill creates a three-month statewide program for residents to restore their driving privileges, enhances a payment plan, and dismisses traffic tickets from before 1990.
House Judiciary is hearing conflicting advice about whether a person’s income should be a factor in traffic fines, which can lead to driver’s license suspension if unpaid.
Legislators have drafted bills that would make threatening a social worker a crime; take a traffic ticket forgiveness program statewide; and limit police use of private data collected by drones, license plate readers.
Time is running out to come up with a bill to set standards for what constitutes driving under the influence of drugs.
The House Judiciary Committee heard testimony last week on a bill that would update the state's policies and procedures on minor guardianships in situations where family members or third parties -- not the state -- are seeking guardianship of a minor.