Roll Call! Senate Elevates Crime of  Killing Firefighters/Emergency Medical Providers to “Aggravated Murder” (20-8), 2019

PASSED
in the State Senate on April 18, 2019 by a vote of

20-8 

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Purpose: To elevate the crime of murdering a firefighter or emergency medical provider to “aggravated murder” (first or second degree murder), as is the case regarding the murder of correctional or law enforcement officers while the victim was performing his or her official duties.
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Analysis: Those voting YES believe the higher penalty for murdering a firefighter or medical provider who is responding to an emergency is both just and will serve as some deterrent in cases where would-be assailants create emergency situations to lure in potential victims.
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Those voting NO opposed the change.
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Senate Journal, Thursday, April 18, 2019. “Was read the third time and passed in concurrence on a roll call, Yeas 20, Nays 8.” (Read the Journal, p. 580-81)


How They Voted

Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) -YES
Becca Balint (D-Windham) – NO
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) – NO
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – YES
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) – YES
Randy Brock (R-Franklin) – YES
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) – YES
Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor) – NO
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – YES
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) – NO
Ruth Hardy (D-Addison) – NO
Cheryl Hooker (D-Rutland) – NO
Debbie Ingram (D-Chittendent) – NO
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – YES
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – YES
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – YES
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) – YES
James McNeil (R-Rutland) – YES
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Corey Parent (R-Franklin) – YES
Chris Pearson (P-Chittenden) – ABSENT
Andrew Perchlik (D-Washington) – YES
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – YES
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) – ABSENT
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) – NO
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) – YES
Jeanette White (D-Windham) – YES

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