The newly signed law creates an advisory panel charged with providing recommendations to address racial disparities in statewide criminal and juvenile justice. Further, it drives the development of a strategy to address racial disparities within state systems of education, labor and employment, access to housing and healthcare, and economic development, and requires review of the model Fair & Impartial Policing Policy.
"I am proud to sign this bill into law, taking a step forward in addressing larger systemic issues around disparate racial impact and implicit bias, and I thank those who contributed to its passage," said Gov. Scott. "While there is much more work to be done, Vermont is yet again demonstrating our commitment to working towards more equitable, fair & just practices and system reforms." [Sen. Balint voted YES].
Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 23-7-0 on Mar/11/22; Senate President Balint voted YES; passed House 90-42-17 on Mar/17/22; Signed by Gov. Scott on Mar/25/22.
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