Federal legislation related to police reform: H.R. 7120 and S. 3985 are provided, along with a section-by-section analysis of each bill.
H.R. 7120 was passed by the House 236-181 on 06/25/2020 and read by the Senate on 07/02/2020. The Senate is not expected to take a vote on H.R. 7120 during this legislative session. Additionally, S. 3985, introduced by Senator Tim Scott, was rejected 55-45. Sixty votes are required to proceed with a bill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell changed his vote from "yea" to "nay" at the conclusion of the vote, a procedural tactic that would allow him to reconsider the vote if an agreement is reached. It is unexpected that the Senate will introduce additional police reform legislation before the 2020 November elections.
As these are critical for the public safety community, IACLEA encourages members to stay engaged with your local and federal elected officials. Please contact IACLEA Director of Membership and Government Relations Altmann R. Pannell for more information on how to get engaged.
Police Reform Legislation Update:
House of Representative:
For more information on the Government Relations Committee or how to get involved, please contact Director of Government and External Relations Altmann R. Pannell, (202) 618-8118, firstname.lastname@example.org.