MONTPELIER - As the 2022 legislative session opened in January, proponents of eliminating qualified immunity for law enforcement officials were optimistic that the bill (S.254) would be enacted into law. On Tuesday, the senate approved an amended version of the bill for third reading, calling for further study while directing the Office of Legal Council to enact changes to the existing law.

The intent of the legislature is to codify the common law principle for plaintiffs seeking damages for violations of their Article 11 rights under the Vermont constitution. The law will be crafted around the Vermont Supreme Court’s decision in Zullo vs. State.

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