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The Racial Equity Advisory Panel was established as a result of Act 9 passed in the 2018 Special Session and signed by Governor Phil Scott on June 28, 2018.  3 VSA §5002. One of the first duties of the Panel was to recommend candidates to the Governor for the Executive Director of Racial Equity – a new position within state Government created under Act 9. The Panel works with the Executive Director of Racial Equity to implement reforms, advise the Executive Director to ensure ongoing compliance with the purpose of the legislation, advise the Governor on strategies for remediating systemic racial disparities in statewide systems of government, and report progress to the legislature.