Legislation

Truth & Reconciliation Commission signed into law

Desmond Tutu Truth & Reconciliation
Archbishop Desmond Tutu (center) of South Africa helped start the international Truth and Reconciliation Movement.

On May 24, Gov. Phil Scott signed these bills into law:    

  • H.96, creating the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. H96 creates a task force to develop “legislation to create one or more truth and reconciliation commissions to examine and begin the process of dismantling institutional, structural, and systemic discrimination in Vermont, both past and present.” 

The Truth and Reconcilation movement began after the downfall of apartheid in South Africa, to peacefully address its wrongs. A modern-day movement in the U.S., with a focus on law enforcement, has set up similar commissions in San Francisco, Boston and Philadelphia. The bill hires a full-time executive director, requires a report, and allocates $748,000 to establish the new commission.

  • H.265, the Office of the Child, Youth, and Family Advocate
  • H.279, miscellaneous changes affecting the duties of the Department of Vermont Health Access
  • H.353, pharmacy benefit management
  • H.410, the use and oversight of artificial intelligence in State government
  • H.444, approval of amendments to the charter of the City of Barre
  • H.464, miscellaneous changes to the Reach Up Program
  • H.465, boards and commissions
  • H.466, surface water withdrawals and interbasin transfers
  • H.477, leave for crime victims
  • H.489, miscellaneous provisions affecting health insurance regulation

To view a complete list of action on bills passed during the 2022 legislative session, click here.

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  1. H.96, creating the MINISTRY of Truth and Reconciliation Commission. H96 creates a task force to develop “legislation to create one or more truth and reconciliation commissions to examine and begin the process of dismantling institutional, structural, and systemic discrimination in INGSOC, both past and present.” ….1984 by George Orwell.

    “Winston, where are you!??!”

  2. How many boards and commissions does that make now? Time to take inventory of these “policy making” panels who create authority out of thin air. A State of roughly 645,000 people need boards/commissions of unelected bureaucrats and grifters to tell us what to do, how to do it, when to do it or else. Why do we need a Legislature or an Executive branch when all they do is appoint their friends and lobbyists to boards/commissions to do their work anyway? Vermont is a cesspool of corruption.

  3. The one with the loudest microphone will spread the word, but whose truth will we hear and will it be the truth or another lie? A lie can travel around the world in one night before the truth gets out of bed. Just look how long it has taken to find out who was responsible for the 2016 Russian hoax fiasco while it ruined an American President and stole an election. Beware of the town crier!

    • I agree with you, Dano, almost entirely. But it’s not the ‘town crier’ with whom we should be concerned. It’s the replacement of the ‘town crier’ with a ‘truth commission’ that’s troublesome. It matters not that “A lie can travel around the world in one night before the truth gets out of bed”. The problem rests with a ‘commission’ that can permanently put the truth to sleep.

  4. Until, the Smith–Mundt Modernization Act of 2012, is repealed and or people know that propaganda is very alive and well in the USA, NOTHING will be done. Too many people are too stupid and or lazy to do anything about it, like look to alternate sources for information on what is going on here and around the world. Its disgusting to see people fly the Ukraine flag whether they know or not it is a NAZI flag. Yes, Nazi. Just like the beginning of the 1900s. SSPDD. which stands for Same Stupid People Different Day. Read a book folks it may save your life.

  5. I take offense at this legislation because it assumes that we, Vermonters, are not capable of “…examin[ing] and begin(ning] the process of dismantling institutional, structural, and systemic discrimination in Vermont, both past and present” without a government institution to tell us how it ought to be done. It presumes that, being left to our own devices, we are each, individually, guilty of apartheid.

    So, riddle me this: What guarantees do we have that Governor Scott and the Vermont Legislature are not co-conspirators in this tyranny? After all, we elected them. If our judgement regarding institutional, structural, and systemic discrimination is being called into question, perhaps the votes electing our representatives should be disallowed too.

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