Roll Call! House Votes to Bar State Law Enforcement from Gathering Information for a Non-Existent Federal Immigration Registry

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PASSED
in the State House of Representatives
on March 14, 2017, by a vote of
110-24
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Purpose: The meat of S.79 states, “A public agency shall not: (1) collect information regarding the religious beliefs, practices, or affiliation of any individual for the purpose of registration of an individual based on his or her religious beliefs, practices, or affiliations; (2) knowingly disclose personally identifying information to any federal agency or official for the purpose of registration of an individual based on his or her personally identifying information; or (3) use public agency money, facilities, property, equipment, or personnel to assist in creating or enforcing any federal government program for the registration of an individual based on his or her personally identifying information.”
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Analysis:  S.79 is more bravado than substance. It is designed to “send a message” regarding President Trump’s policies on immigration, but without doing anything that might put Vermont over the line as a “sanctuary state,” from which the president has signaled an intent to withdraw federal funding. Roughly 1/3 of all Vermont state spending comes from federal sources, so the consequences of misreading that line could be serious.
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By stridently refusing to take part in gathering information for a “Muslim registry” that doesn’t exist, the legislators voting YES on this bill are effectively sticking their tongues out at the president — but behind his back so he can’t see.
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Those voting NO observed, in the words of Rep. Ron Hubert (R-Milton) during floor debate, “This bill is a solution to a problem that doesn’t exist.” But, could create problems for Vermont down the road.
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As Recorded in the House Journal, Tuesday, March 14, 2016: “Shall the bill be read a third time? was decided in the affirmative. Yeas, 110. Nays, 24. . Yeas, 121. Nays, 28.” (Read the Journal, p. 436-438.)

How They Voted

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David Ainsworth (R-Royalton) – YES
Janet Ancel (D-Calis) – YES
Bob Bancroft (R-Westford) – YES
John Bartholomew (D-Hartland) – YES
Fred Baser (R-Bristol) – YES
Lynn Batchelor (R-Derby Line) – ABSENT
Scott Beck (R-St. Johnsbury) – YES
Paul Belaski (D-Windsor) – YES
Stephen Beyor (R-Highgate Springs) – NO
Clement Bissonnette (D-Winooski) – YES
Thomas Bock (D-Chester) – YES
William Botzow (D-Bennington) – YES
Patrick Brennan (R-Colchster) – ABSENT
Timothy Briglin (D-Thetford) – YES
Cynthia Browning (D-Arlington) – ABSENT
Jessica Brumsted (D-Shelburne) – YES
Susan Buckholz (D-White River Jct) – YES
Thomas Burditt (R-West Rutland) – ABSENT
Mollie Burke (P/D-Brattleboro) – YES
William Canfield (R/D-Fair Haven) – NO
Stephen Carr (D-Brandon) – YES
Robin Chestnut-Tangerman (P-Middletown Springs) – YES
Annemarie Christiansen (D-Perkinsville) – ABSENT
Kevin Christie (D-White River Jct.) – YES
Brian Cina (P-Burlington) – ABSENT
Celene Colburn – (P-Burlington) – YES
James Condon (D-Colchester) – ABSENT
Peter Conlon (D-Cornwall) – YES
Daniel Connor (D-Fairfield) – YES
Charles Conquest (D-Wells River) – YES
Sarah Copeland-Hanzas (D-Bradford) – ABSENT
Timothy Corcoran (D-Bennington) – YES
Lawrence Cupoli (R-Rutland) – YES
Maureen Dakin (D-Colchester) – YES
David Deen (D-Putney) – YES
Dennis Devereux (R-Belmont) – YES
Eileen “Lynn” Dickinson (R-St. Albans) – YES
Anne Donahue (R-Northfield) – YES
Johannah Donovan (D-Burlington) – YES
Betsy Dunn (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Alice Emmons (D/W-Springfield) – ABSENT
Peter Fagan (R-Rutland) – YES
Martha Feltus (R-Lyndonville) – YES
Rachael Fields (D-Bennington) – YES
Robert Forguites (D-Springfield) – YES
Robert Frenier (R-Chelsea) – NO
Douglas Gage (R-Rutland) – NO
Marianna Gamache (R-Swanton) – NO
John Gannon (D-Wilmington) – YES
Marcia Gardner (D-Richmond) – ABSENT
Dylan Giambatista (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Diana Gonzalez (P/D-Winooski) – YES
Maxine Grad (D-Moretown) – YES
Rodney Graham (R-Williamstown) – NO
Adam Greshin (I-Warren) – YES
Sandy Haas (P/D-Rochester) – YES
Helen Head (D-So. Burlington) – YES
Michael Hebert (R-Vernon) – NO
Robert Helm (R/D-Fair Haven) – NO
Mark Higley (R-Lowell) – NO
Matt Hill (D-Johnson) – YES
Jay Hooper (D-Brookfield) – YES
Mary Hooper (D-Montpelier) – ABSENT
Lori Houghton (D-Essex Jct.) – YES
Mary Howard (D-Rutland) – YES
Ronald Hubert (R-Milton) – NO
Kimberly Jessup (D-Middlesex) – YES
Ben Jickling (I-E. Randolph) – YES
Mitzi Johnson (D-S. Hero) – PRESIDING
Ben Joseph (D-N. Hero) – YES
Bernard Juskiewicz (R-Camdridge) – YES
Brian Keefe (R-Manchester) – YES
Kathleen Keenan (D-St. Albans) – YES
Charlie Kimbell (D-Woodsock) – YES

 

 

Warren Kitzmiller (D-Montpelier) – YES
Jill Krowinski (D-Burlington) – YES
Rob LaClair (R-Barre Town) – NO
Martin LaLonde (D-South Burlington) – YES
Diane Lanpher (D-Vergennes) – YES
Richard Lawrence (R-Lyndon) – YES
Paul Lefebvre (R-Island Pond) – YES
Patti Lewis (R-Berlin) – NO
William Lippert (D-Hinesburg) – YES
Emily Long (D-Newfane) – YES
Gabrielle Lucke (D-White River Jct.) – YES
Terence Macaig (D-Williston) – YES
Michael Marcotte (R/D-Newport) – ABSENT
Marcia Martel (R-Waterford) – NO
James Masland (D-Thetford) – YES
Curtis McCormack (D/W-Burlington) – YES
Patricia McCoy (R-Poultney) – YES
James McCullough (D-Williston) – YES
Francis McFaun (R/D-Barre) – YES
Alice Miller (D-Shaftsbury) – YES
Kiah Morris (D-Bennington) – YES
Mary Morrissey (R-Bennington) – YES
Michael Mrowicki (D-Putney) – YES
Barbara Murphy (I-Fairfax) – YES
Linda Myers (R-Essex) – YES
Gary Nolan (R-Morrisville) – YES
Daniel Noyes (D-Wolcott) – YES
Jean O’Sullivan (D-Burlington) – YES
Carol Ode (D-Burlington) – YES
Oliver Olsen (I-Jamaica) – YES
Corey Parent (R-St. Albans) – YES
Carolyn Partridge (D-Windham) – YES
Albert “Chuck” Pearce (R/D-Richford) – NO
Paul Poirier (I-Barre) – ABSENT
David Potter (D-Clarendon) – YES
Ann Pugh (D-S. Burlington) – YES
Constance Quimby (R-Concord) – NO
Barbara Rachelson (D-Burlington) – YES
Carl Rosenquist (R-Georgia) – NO
Brian Savage (R-Swanton) – NO
Robin Scheu (D-Middlebury) – YES
Heidi Scheuermann (R-Stowe) – YES
David Sharpe (D-Bristol) – YES
Charles Shaw (R/D-Pitsford) – YES
Amy Sheldon (D-Middlebury) – YES
Laura Sibilia (I-West Dover) – YES
Brian Smith (R/D-Derby) – NO
Harvey Smith (R-New Haven) – YES
Trevor Squirrill (D-Underhill) – ABSENT
Thomas Stevens (D-Waterbury) – YES
Vicki Strong (R-Albany) – NO
Valerie Stuart (D-Brattleboro) – YES
Linda Sullivan (D-Dorset) – YES
Mary Sullivan (D-Burlington) – YES
Job Tate (R-Mendon) – NO
Curt Taylor (D-Colchester) – YES
Thomas Terenzini (R/D-Rutland) – NO
George Till (D-Jericho) – ABSENT
Tristan Toleno (D-Brattleboro) – YES
Catherine Toll (D-Danville) – YES
Maida Townsend (D-S. Burlington) – YES
Matthew Trieber (D-Bellows Falls) – YES
Chip Troiano (D-Hardwick) – YES
Donald Turner (R-Milton) – NO
Warren Van Wyck (R-Ferrisburgh) – NO
Gary Viens (R-Newport) – NO
Tommy Walz (D-Barre City) – YES
Kathryn Webb (D-Shelburne) – YES
Cindy Weed (P/D-Enosburg Falls) – YES
Janssen Willhoit (R-St. Johnsbury) – YES
Theresa Wood (R-Waterbury) – YES
Kurt Wright (R-Burlington) – YES
David Yacovone (D-Morrisville) – YES
Michael Yantachka (D-Charlotte) – YES
Samuel Young (D-Glover) – YES

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James Gregory March 16, 2017 at 12:18 pm

A good example of why the public holds most political figures in such disdain. We are paying these peoples’ salaries to do this? Why are they wasting time with such vain and feckless stunts? Don’t they have any real work to do? If not, get them out of there and save the taxpayers some money (for a change).

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SBarrows March 16, 2017 at 4:24 pm

Could have added “firearms and firearm ownership” to verbiage. Bet it wouldn’t have passed so easily.

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