Roll Call! Senate Votes to Amend Vermont Constitution to Remove References to Slavery (28-1), 2019

 

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PASSED
in the State Senate on April 24, 2019 by a vote of
28-1
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Purpose:  To amend the Constitution of the State of Vermont to eliminate reference to slavery.
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Analysis: PR.2 doesn’t actually do anything, as the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution outlawed slavery in 1865. Moreover, Vermont’s Constitution was the first to outlaw slavery.
Those voting YES believe that this symbolic statement reaffirming our principles to racial equality will be beneficial to current race relations.
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Those voting NO believe that altering the original language prohibiting slavery in the Constitution would have the effect of putting a “smiley face” that on troubling period of US history when slavery was still legal.
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Senate Journal, Wednesday, April 24, 2019. “Shall the Senate adopt the 2nd Proposal of Amendment to the Constitution of Vermont (as amended) as recommended by the Committee on Government Operations and request the concurrence of the House? was decided in the affirmative on a roll call, pursuant to the Vermont Constitution and Rule 80, Yeas 28, Nays 1 (the necessary two-thirds vote having been attained).” (Read the Journal, p. 596-598)


How They Voted

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

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Ernest McDonald April 28, 2019 at 10:52 am

On WDEV’s Dave Graham show Sen Ashe stated that the mention of slavery in our constitution may impact a visitor’s decision to visit or stay in the state. The senator was asked if he thought, prior to visiting, people actually read the document before making travel plans. After some quibbling he finally answered “no”.

The issue of slavery was settled in the mid-1800s with Vermont doing her “full duty” in answering Lincoln’s call. The intent of the original passage referencing slavery is quite clear. Needless to say, our liberal friends love to address social issues of no consequence when most practical Vermonters would prefer they just fix the roads.

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Rob April 28, 2019 at 12:19 pm

I’m not sure legislators read it prior to serving in the state house either.

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