The new leaders of the House and Senate ended their first legislative session without major showdowns. But that could change when lawmakers resume in-person work in 2022.
The school financing measure, which has now cleared both legislative chambers unanimously, is both a punt and a promise.
Sen. Phil Baruth, the lead sponsor of the bill, called the decision “very short sighted of us.”
The new law would say that any person who commits a crime and is motivated “in whole or in part” by a victim’s actual or perceived identity can be charged with a hate crime.
The update, the first in 40 years, makes it clear that people who are unconscious or substantially impaired by drugs or alcohol cannot consent to sex.
The panel appears to be stuck on how best to strengthen the language of Vermont’s consent laws.
The measure, endorsed Wednesday by the Senate Judiciary Committee, would protect certain victims and witnesses who reported such crimes to authorities.
The Vermont Senate voted 29-0 Tuesday to eliminate the statute of limitations on civil claims of childhood physical abuse.
Republican Sen. Joe Benning, who previously opposed the measure, signaled Wednesday that he would back it — providing the votes necessary to clear the Senate Judiciary Committee later this week.
The committee voted 3-1 Friday to move the bill, S.30, to the Senate floor after days of debate. Members had previously decided to whittle it down from an original proposal that would also have banned firearms from government buildings and child care centers.
Extremism, whose objective is complete annihilation of the other side, will never heal America. Each side’s leaders must drill home the fact that consensus is not treason. Indeed, it is the only intelligent way to solve human-made problems.
The bill would ban guns from hospitals, child care facilities and state buildings. It’s not clear whether it has the votes to reach the Senate floor.
The recent commentary by University of Vermont professor and state Sen. Phil Baruth conflates the university’s pandemic response with chronic budget issues that must be addressed regardless of the pandemic.
In the House, 10 of the 14 committees will be led by women; in the Senate, four of 11.