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Vermont: Governor vetoes bill for data privacy act

On June 13, 2024, the Office of the Governor of Vermont announced that Governor Phil Scott returned House Bill 121 for an act relating to enhancing consumer privacy without signature and vetoed the bill on the same date. The bill provided for comprehensive data protection, including: 

  • the Vermont Data Privacy Act;
  • the Public Outreach and Education, the Attorney General study;
  • the Protection of Personal Information, which includes the provisions relating to Data Broker Security Breach; and
  • the Age-Appropriate Design Code. 

What are the reasons for vetoing the bill?

According to the Governor, the bill created an unnecessary and avoidable level of risk, especially from the provisions on the private right of action, which would make Vermont an exception, and affect many businesses and non-profits. The Governor added that another risk of the bill came from the Age-Appropriation Code provision, noting that the courts stopped similar legislation in California for likely First Amendment violations.

You can read the press release here, read the bill as passed by both Houses here, and view its legislative history here.