Vermont

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Monsanto Corporation Claims Corporate Personhood Trumps Vermonters’ Right to Require Labeling

March 17, 2015

In May 2014, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law H.112 (Act 120), a mandatory GMO-labeling bill, despite well-known opposition from trans-national food corporations. When the law takes effect on July 1, 2016, it will open the pathway for other states to begin enacting their own GMO labeling laws. But corporate Agribusiness companies have sued Vermont, claiming that the law violates their First Amendment right not to speak.

Vermont Senate Resolves to Abolish “Corporate Personhood”

April 13, 2012

Vermont is poised to become the first state to call for an amendment to abolish the doctrine known as “Corporate Personhood” which gives corporations constitutional rights meant to protect people.

Hawaii and New Mexico have passed resolutions against the Citizens United v. FEC ruling by the Supreme Court, but the Vermont resolution goes beyond simply overturning that case and aims to remove corporations from the constitution altogether and make clear that money is not speech and that campaign spending and political contributions can be regulated by the government.

Press Coverage

Talking about money in politics

September 22, 2012
 
In this election, Gov. Peter Shumlin and Sen. Randy Brock will have a limited number of debates, and so far it appears that no debate will take place in the Rutland area.  However, on September 27th, the people of Rutland County have the opportunity to hear David Cobb from “Move To Amend” speak in Rutland, at Grace Congregational Church Fellowship Hall, at 7PM.
 

What’s next for abolish corporate personhood movement in Vermont?

March 13, 2012

David Cobb, spokesperson for the national initiative – Move to Amend – promoting an amendment to the U.S. Constitution to abolish corporate “personhood” visits Vermont this week.

Cobb is a lawyer and national projects director for Democracy Unlimited.

His two-stop tour in Vermont comes after 60 Vermont communities adopted resolutions at Town Meeting calling on Congress to adopt a 28th amendment to U.S. Constitution making clear that “corporations are not people” and “money is not speech.”