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Vermont Constitution

Vermont Statehouse  (file photo)
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In 1777, Vermont became the first state to include a provision in its Constitution prohibiting slavery.  But it was a partial ban that the state is now working to amend.

Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan (file)
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This week, a Vermont Superior Court judge upheld the state’s large-capacity gun magazine ban signed into law by Governor Phil Scott in April 2018.  Judge William Cohen declined to dismiss a case the state has brought against defendant Max Misch claiming he was stockpiling weapons and had illegally imported two of the banned magazines into Vermont.  Misch had also argued a grandfather clause violated the state constitution’s Common Benefits Clause.  
Democratic Vermont Attorney General T.J. Donovan is pleased that the court upheld the constitutionality of the law. He tells WAMC North Country Bureau Chief Pat Bradley it’s an example of common sense legislation that promotes public safety.

Debate over reproductive rights in Vermont has moved from the state Senate to the House. The House Committee on Human Services held a public hearing on Proposition 5 Wednesday evening. The two-hour session to take comment on a proposed change to the state constitution comes two weeks after the state Senate gave initial approval to the measure.

Vermont Statehouse Spring 2017
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The Vermont Senate has given preliminary approval to a state constitutional amendment intended to assure women’s reproductive rights cannot be rescinded.

Vermont Senate Chamber
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A committee of the Vermont Senate has approved a bill that could lead to the state amending its constitution to preserve a woman's right to abortion.

A grassroots  campaign has started in Vermont to add a “Rights of Nature” article to the state Constitution.