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T.L. Bear 
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Re: “Walters: Vermont Abortion Bill Hearing Features Emotional Testimony

Mr. Walters writes, "Despite the highly charged nature of the testimony, the hearing was marked by civility. Speakers rarely tried to exceed their time limits. House rules forbade verbal reactions or the display of signs, and audience members kept their peace." This was generally true, but it should be noted that there was an orchestrated effort by some of the anti bill folks to outright lie about their affiliation and claim to be bill supporters in order to steal testimony time from people supporting the bill. In addition, many of the anti bill backers prayed loudly in groups in the overflow-filled lobby where I was trying hard to listen to the testimonies. I don't consider this civil behavior and, in my own opinion, should be reported in press coverage.

I was also disappointed that the interlopers were allowed to speak even after acknowledging this bald face lie, when instead, their mikes should have been shut off and they should have been politely escorted from the House Chambers by security. That would have been civil and sent a message that the behavior was wrong and unacceptable.

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Posted by T.L. Bear on 02/07/2019 at 4:14 PM

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