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The Registry Legislature

Fighting systemic racism and climate change, they’re ready to make lists and take names

By Guy Page

The 2021-22 Vermont Legislature is making lists and taking names like no other before it. 

In its war against systemic racism and climate change, this Legislature has created numerous problem-solving per diem advisory boards and commissions. To borrow a culturally-obsolete reference from mid-20th century movies, they are the White Hats. 

To bring the Black Hats to justice, the White Hats need to know where they are lurking. Thus the push for (at least) four new statewide registries. All have made significant progress under the Golden Dome. None have become law – yet. 

Surface water withdrawers. In the name of saving Vermont lakes, streams and ponds from climate-change induced drought, H466 requires that “beginning on January 1, 2023, any person withdrawing 5,000 gallons or more of surface water within a 24-hour period shall register with the Secretary.” A press release by former Rep. David Deen explains the ‘why’ of H466 but says less about the ‘how.’

Here’s how the H466 registry would work. 

Registrants must describe when and how water will be withdrawn, how much they plan to withdraw, and what they will use it for. An annual report will be required. Withdrawals above 50,000 gallons/day must be metered. The bill says nothing specific about cost or fees.

Fire departments, hydropower, public water suppliers, and cows drinking directly from a stream or pond are exempt. Snowmakers are covered by law elsewhere. Covered uses include agricultural irrigation, industrial uses, livestock watering, water supply, aquaculture, or other off-stream uses. 

H466 is now in the Senate Natural Resources and Energy Committee. 

Police officers. S250, passed yesterday by the Vermont Senate, requires “The Vermont Criminal Justice Council shall maintain a database cataloging any potential impeachment information concerning a law enforcement officer.”

This is in effect a state registry of any information – true or not – that can be used against a cop. This registry would include: 

  1. Any finding of misconduct that reflects upon the truthfulness or possible bias of the law enforcement officer
  2. Any past or pending criminal charge brought against the law enforcement officer;
  3. Any allegation of misconduct bearing upon truthfulness, bias, or integrity that is the subject of a pending investigation;
  4. Any prior findings by a judge that a law enforcement officer testified untruthfully, made a knowing false statement in writing, engaged in an unlawful search or seizure, illegally obtained a confession, or engaged in other misconduct.
  5. Any misconduct finding or pending misconduct allegation that either casts a substantial doubt upon the accuracy of a law enforcement officer as a witness, including testimony, that a prosecutor intends to rely on to prove an element of any crime charged, or that might have a significant bearing on the admissibility of prosecution evidence;
  6. Information that may be used to suggest that the law enforcement officer is biased for or against a defendant. 
  7. Information that reflects that the law enforcement officer’s ability to perceive and recall truth is impaired.

The sponsor of S250 is Sen. Kesha Ram Hinsdale (D-Chittenden), who has said “we must divest from policing” and “there is no such thing as a good officer.” It passed the Senate on a voice vote, with at least one Republican vowing to oppose it. Sen. Joe Benning (R-Caledonia), a defense lawyer, reportedly said “It is my personal belief, as a criminal defense attorney, that one should never gather data on someone merely because an allegation has been made about them.”

Gov. Scott has vetoed the following two bills. Legislative leaders are currently trying to weave them into existing bills in the hopes the governor won’t throw out the baby (good legislation in the bills) with the already-rejected bathwater (the registries).  

Home-improvement contractors. H157, licensing of contractors, would require both licensing, registry and certification of almost all home-related contractors. The climate angle is that the bill also requires contractors to learn low-carbon building practices. 

It passed the House by 82 votes, well short of the 100 needed for a veto, and the delay of the veto vote until at least late April suggests the votes aren’t there now. Opponents say it could cripple small business contractors at a time when their skills are especially needed to repair existing housing and build new homes. 

Landlords. S79 would create a state registry of rental property owners. Supporters say it would open up funding streams for rental rehab, while critics say it also could open them up to more state oversight and regulation. While the current draft doesn’t specifically mention climate change, it would amend Vermont law dealing with rental safety and energy standards. Once a registry is in place, it would be easy for the Legislature to impose and enforce strict carbon-reduction standards, or further anti-discrimination regulations or laws. 

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  1. So once again who are the facists?? This Was Vermont and registries have no place here. No wonder they want our guns.

  2. These folks have been working way too hard. I still think they should consider going to every other year sessions. More government isn’t necessarily a good thing.

  3. The policing bill is a joke. There are many great officers out there. This is Invasion of privacy in my opinion. I want our politicians held to such a standard also. Knowingly lying to the people or making laws that benefit they’re families. Like the one politicians who’s husband works for a solar company. I also want judges and attorney generals to start following the laws guidelines and stop letting criminals off the hook. Maybe society needs to be held responsible for their actions. And we should use those records ALL the time. Especially with DCF. If a woman has multiple baby daddy’s then when In court ALL the past cases need to be used also. They’re not though.

    • 100% Agreed on all your points!! The progressives in Vermont are destroying our state with their brand of marxism.

    • now wait a min. — this poachable offences list has merit if we can have an amendment to include legislators.

  4. I believe that the comment and belief of Hinsdale, that” there is no such thing as a good cop” needs to be addressed immediately. Apparently she has NEVER met any of the cops in this state. Having family members that were and are held in high esteem as police officers, I find this to be an insult, not only to those cops who work hard and protect the citizens of this state, but to their families who have grown up serving their communities. Vermont is circling the drain as we speak. It is turning into a cesspool of crime, and the criminals are being put on a pedestal and serving no time!!

  5. Kesha Ram is the worst for Vermont. If you haven’t yet go read her bio on Wikipedia.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kesha_Ram

    From her website:
    “Kesha knows the cost of broken systems. She experienced racial profiling at 13 years old while walking home with a friend, when she was arrested without explanation. She and her friend were detained most of the night without legal representation or being able to call their families, while the officers bragged about receiving overtime pay. In the moment, it took away her humanity. She vowed to build towards a world that honors the dignity and safety of all, especially our young people. From her earliest run for office, this is what’s powered her voice.”

    I think they call that holding a grudge and seemingly after 20 years she’s looking for retribution for something that happened on the other side of the country. Is this the type of person we should have making rules we are supposed to live by? Is this objective?

    She was on the board of Planned Parenthood which means not only is she ok with abortion but she actively worked to increase it’s profitability (read as kill more babies).

    Due to current events it’s also worth noting that her mothers’ family is from Kiev, Ukraine and was escaping Jewish persecution (The word “anti-semitism” has always bothered me as a semite by definition would also include those of Arabic decent as it means anyone speaking a Semitic language).

    I wonder if she has a “big guy” and if he got his 10% of the $620k sent to Ukraine in each of our names to help start WW3?

    Take a read here if you wish to know a bit more:
    https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/jewish-and-hindu-vermonts-youngest-state-representative/

    • UVM attracted her here and now we all have to live under her perpetual virtue-signaling and victimization claims. Who votes for these people?…the same 30% of Americans who give a positive approval rating to Slow Joe.

      • I don’t know she seems to follow a particular narrative and is has worked for some powerful organizations, maybe it’s not UVM that attracted her here, maybe she’s here for a reason.

        I do know one person who supported her heavily and he was a slimy entitled dirt bag who through lying and manipulation helped to make me lose my job. So in my observation that’s who votes for these people, people who have no scruples and will do anything to get ahead.

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