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Correction: Slavery Ban-The Latest story

April 25, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — In a story April 24 about a proposal to remove references to slavery from Vermont’s constitution, The Associated Press misspelled the first name of a lawmaker. Her name is Jeanette White, not Jeannette.

A corrected version of the story is below:

The Latest: Vermont Senate votes to remove slavery

The state Senate in Vermont — the first state to abolish adult slavery — has given preliminary approval to a proposal to amend the state constitution to remove references to slavery.

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Latest on the proposed constitutional amendment prohibiting slavery (all times local):

8:30 p.m.

The state Senate in Vermont — the first state to abolish adult slavery — has given preliminary approval to a proposal to amend the state constitution to remove references to slavery.

The Senate voted 28 to 1 on Wednesday.

The Vermont Constitution currently says no person 21 or older should serve as a slave unless bound by their own consent or “by law for the payment of debts, damages, fines, costs, or the like.”

The amendment would remove that language and add that slavery and indentured servitude in any form are prohibited.

Democratic Sen. Jeanette White says the change will make clearer that Vermont is a state welcoming all.

Colorado voters last year approved a similar constitutional amendment, and this year Utah lawmakers passed a comparable measure.

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3:30 p.m.

The state Senate in Vermont — the first state to abolish adult slavery — has given preliminary approval to a proposal to amend the state constitution to remove references to slavery.

The Senate voted 28 to 1 on Wednesday.

The Vermont Constitution currently says no person 21 or older should serve as a slave unless bound by their own consent or “by law for the payment of debts, damages, fines, costs, or the like.”

The amendment would remove that language and add that slavery and indentured servitude in any form are prohibited.

Democratic Sen. Jeanette White says the change will make clear that Vermont is a state welcoming all.

Colorado voters last year approved a similar constitutional amendment, and this year Utah lawmakers passed a comparable measure.

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12 p.m.

The Vermont Senate is taking up a proposed constitutional amendment to remove any reference to slavery from the state Constitution.

The proposal is up for preliminary approval on Wednesday.

Vermont was the first state to abolish adult slavery in 1777.

The Vermont Constitution now says no person 21 years or older should serve as a slave unless bound by their own consent or “by law for the payment of debts, damages, fines, costs, or the like.”

Colorado voters last year approved a similar constitutional amendment, and Utah lawmakers passed a comparable measure this year.

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This story has been corrected to show the Utah legislature passed the measure, not considering it.

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