- S. 221 (proposes to establish a procedure for law enforcement to obtain an extreme risk protection order) VOTE IS TOMORROW, Wednesday 2/28.
- S. 6 (proposes to require that a background check is conducted on the proposed transferee before a firearm is transferred) VOTE IS THURSDAY, 3/1.
- H. 422 (proposes to temporarily remove weapons from a person cited for domestic abuse). VOTE TBA.
- Call our senators (and keep calling them): They need to hear our voices. Over 80% of the American people want Congress to pass a law that puts American Dreamers on a clear path to full citizenship. Tell our Democratic Senators that they need to stay strong and not cave on any of the White House’s outrageous demands.
Senator Bernie Sanders: (202) 224-5141
Caller: Hi! My name is [name] and I’m calling from [part of state]. I’m calling today to tell [Senator] that I expect [her / him] to vote no on any immigration legislation that would make changes to legal migration or diversity visas. Protecting Dreamers is crucially important, but we can’t let Trump use them as a bargaining chip for drastic, permanent changes to legal immigration that serve his racist vision of who “deserves” to come to America.
Staffer: Thanks for calling. [Senator] is waiting to see what proposals come to the floor this week before [she / he] decides how to vote; however, [she / he] is very intent on finding a compromise that will permanently protect Dreamers from deportation.
Caller: It’s important to me that we protect Dreamers, too, but Trump wants to impose a family ban and build his ridiculous border wall in return for those protections. We should not have to pick between some immigrant families and others; [Senator] should hold strong against these Republican efforts to undermine our immigration system in service of Trump’s racist policies.
Staffer: I’ll pass along your thoughts to [Senator].
Caller: Please do, and please take down my contact information so you can let me know what [Senator] decides to do.
- Attorney General Donovan called for compassionate care and harm reduction for Vermont’s prison population, which is disproportionately elderly and in need of addiction services.
- Vermont’s second largest Union, VSEA, blasted Core Civic/Corrections Corporation of America on WCAX’s “You Can Quote Me.”
- Seven Days uncovered Gov. Scott’s meeting with for-profit prison lobbyists.
Governor Phil Scott gave his budget address and we were listening closely to his plans for our public schools.
Gov. Scott sent lawmakers a memo last week with items that included a $30 million cut from next year’s school budgets and proposed everything from a cap on per-pupil spending to school consolidation. In his budget address, Gov. Scott continued to call for reductions in school staff, saying the state should increase the staff to student ratio, from 4-to-1 to 5-to-1, over the next five years. Continue reading “Phil Scott Wants to Cut School Budgets, Lay Off Thousands of Vermonters”