Vermont Senate members have heard testimony on a proposed constitutional amendment that would eliminate any mention of slavery in the state constitution.
The Vermont Constitution says no person 21 or older should serve as a slave unless bound by their own consent or "by law for the payment of debts, damages, fines, costs, or the like."
The Barre-Montpelier Times Argus reports supporters say removing the language is a step toward rectifying the legacy of slavery and acknowledging institutional racism.
Much of the state Senate has sponsored the amendment.
Some lawmakers and scholars say the change is unnecessary because owning slaves is already illegal under the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
The committee will continue hearing testimony on the proposal.
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