Roll Call! Senate Employs Quotas to Help End Systematic Racism (12-18), 2018

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FAILED
in the State Senate on March 21, 2018 by a vote of
12-18 

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Purpose: To remove a provision in S.281 that mandated at least three “persons of color” be appointed to a newly created Civil Rights Advisory Panel.
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Analysis: The intent of the underlying bill, S.281, was to create an independent board “to promote racial justice reform throughout the State.” The Brock Amendment would have voided a provision of the bill mandating that three of the five positions be set aside for “persons of color.” The Brock Amendment, instead, said that panel candidates would be chosen, “based on a wide array of qualifications, reflect(ing) a variety of backgrounds, skills, experiences, and perspectives, (while) be(ing) racially diverse, and represent(ing) geographically diverse areas of the State.”
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Those voting YES believe that creating a government panel with racial quotas sets a bad precedent for rooting out racial discrimination, and is, in fact, an example of systematic racism. A quota system would eliminate many qualified candidates with pertinent experiences and good character, before they would even be considered for these positions.
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Those voting NO believe that setting a quota to ensure a majority “persons of color” majority on the Panel is necessary to ensure that those who have experienced racial discrimination firsthand hold a majority of representation on the Panel.
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Senate Journal, Wednesday, March 21, 2018. “Which was disagreed to, on a roll call, Yeas 12, Nays 18.” (Read the Journal, p. 486-493)
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How They Voted

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Timothy Ashe (D/P-Chittenden) – NO
Claire Ayer (D-Addison) – NO
Becca Balint (D-Windham) – NO
Philip Baruth (D-Chittenden) –  NO
Joseph Benning (R-Caledonia) – YES
Carolyn Branagan (R-Franklin) – YES
Christopher Bray (D-Addison) –  NO
Randy Brock (R-Franklin) – YES
Francis Brooks (D-Washington) – YES
Brian Campion (D-Bennington) – NO
Alison Clarkson (D-Windsor) – NO
Brian Collamore (R-Rutland) – NO
Ann Cummings (D-Washington) –  YES
Margaret Flory (R-Rutland) – YES
Debbie Ingram (D-Chittendent) – NO
M. Jane Kitchel (D-Caledonia) – NO
Virginia Lyons (D-Chittenden) – NO
Mark MacDonald (D-Orange) – YES
Richard Mazza (D-Chittenden-Grand Isle) – YES
Richard McCormack (D-Windsor) –  NO
Alice Nitka (D-Windsor District) – YES
Chris Pearson (P-Chittenden) –  NO
Anthony Pollina (P/D/W-Washington) – NO
John Rodgers (D-Essex-Orleans) – NO
Richard Sears (D-Bennington) –  NO
Michael Sirotkin (D-Chittenden) –  NO
David Soucy (R-Rutland) – YES
Robert Starr (D-Essex-Orleans) – YES
Richard Westman (R-Lamoille) –  YES
Jeanette White (D-Windham) –  NO

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