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Public hearing Wednesday on slavery constitutional amendment

May 5, 2019

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — A legislative committee is holding public hearing in Montpelier on a proposed constitutional amendment to make clear that Vermont prohibits slavery.

The public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday evening in Room 11 of the Statehouse.

Vermont was the first state to abolish adult slavery.

The state 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. Changing the constitution is a yearslong process.

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