Scott expected to sign terrorism bill; would not apply to Sawyer case

Published: May. 9, 2018 at 2:26 PM EDT
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A spokeswoman for Gov. Phil Scott says he is likely to sign a bill that would make it a crime if anyone takes "substantial steps" to threaten to kill or kidnap groups of people.

The domestic terrorism bill was given final approval Monday.

The bill was introduced in the aftermath of the case of 18-year-old Jack Sawyer, of Poultney, who was initially charged with planning a school shooting at the Fair Haven Union High School.

The initial charges against him were dropped after the Vermont Supreme Court ruled Sawyer's preparations for the shooting did not meet Vermont's definition of a crime.

Spokeswoman Rebecca Kelley says Gov. Phil Scott has advocated for strengthening Vermont's criminal laws since Sawyer was released on bail.

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