Monday 7 pm (tonight) the Burlington City Council will hold a public hearing about repealing city ordinances about prostitution. It provides an opportunity for all Vermonters to let city and state politicians know they will not just stand by while they work through the steps of fully decriminalizing prostitution (buying, selling, brothels, all aspects) throughout the state of Vermont (see H.630).
There is a direct connection between the Burlington ordinance change and proposed changes on the state level. The lead sponsor of H630 is Rep. Selene Colburn, a Burlington lawmaker who has spoken out strongly in support of the Burlington ordinance. If Burlington becomes a hub of prostitution, other communities will be affected as vulnerable people from all over Vermont – notably the young and drug-addicted – are induced to participate.
Furthermore, many ‘progressive’ issues (such as decrim of prostitution) are often approved in the more friendly environment of Burlington government before being pressed on a state level.
All Vermonters may testify via Zoom. The link can be found by going to the Burlington City Council agenda page here.