On May 4, Governor Scott signed a bill of the following title:
H.195, An act relating to use of facial recognition technology by law enforcement in cases involving sexual exploitation of children
On May 5, Governor Scott signed a bill of the following title:
H.128, An act relating to limiting criminal defenses based on victim identity
The Governor delivered remarks upon signing H.128, which can be viewed by clicking here and read below:
Today, I’m signing H.128, An Act Relating to Limiting Criminal Defenses Based on Victim Identity, into law.
With this legislation, Republicans, Democrats and Progressives alike sent a message to Vermonters, that your identity should never be an excuse for someone to cause you harm.
What this bill does is make sure a victim’s sexual orientation or gender identity can’t be used to defend or justify a criminal act, or to lower a sentence.
I want to thank Representative Small and the other co-sponsors of the bill, as well as the House and Senate Judiciary Committees for your leadership on this issue.
While this effort is a step in the right direction, we know there is still more work to do to ensure all Vermonters, regardless of identity, feel safe and protected in our state. I look forward to continuing our work together in the future.
To view a complete list of action on bills passed during the 2021 legislative session, click here.