Scott’s decisions on abortion and gun control ‘a wash’ politically

Scott’s decisions on abortion and gun control ‘a wash’ politically

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Gov. Phil Scott addresses the Senate before it adjourns at the Statehouse in Montpelier on Wednesday, May 29, 2019. Photo by Glenn Russell/VTDigger Gov. Phil Scott was careful in recent months not to give away his plans if and when bills to protect abortion rights and establish a 24-hour waiting period for handgun purchases arrived on his desk. But he did offer hints. When pushed on the abortion bill, H.57 , he repeatedly said that he supported a woman’s right to choose. On the waiting period legislation, S.169 , he said he didn’t believe the state needed to impose new gun restrictions. On Monday evening, Gov. Phil Scott announced he had signed a landmark bill to codify a woman’s right to abortion, but had decided to veto the waiting period for gun purchases—a bill pitched by Democrats as a suicide prevention measure. “He definitely warned us or let us know early on that that was his position,” said Sen. Anthony Pollina , D/P Washington, said referring to the waiting period bill. “You’ve got to give him credit for being consistent in his message.” Scott’s decisions on the two bills will likely earn the moderate Republican governor both support and criticism on the right and the left. But state political leaders across the spectrum don’t expect his actions will particularly damage, or boost, his appeal on either side. “I think it’s a wash,” said Terje Anderson, chair of the Vermont Democratic Party. “I think overall it doesn’t change the public’s […]

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