Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Legislation

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2021 Legislation

Senate Bill 96

What it does
A bi-partisan piece of legislation, Senate Bill 96 does several things, including:

  • Requires all judges to receive annual training covering the topics of implicit bias and racial profiling;
  • Requires municipalities to keep records of certain police non-criminal internal affairs investigations for 20 years;
  • Establishes a body-worn and dashboard camera fund; and
  • Adds race and ethnicity as optional information that may be included on a nondriver’s picture identification card and requires law enforcement agencies to collect such data.

Why it’s important
This bill aims to increase trust in the judicial system as a whole and law enforcement in particular. This is necessary if we want to attract and retain a larger BIPOC population.

Status

This bill was voted Ought to Pass with Amendment (encouraging, not requiring judges to receiving implicit bias training and creating a committee to study adding race/ethnicity data to licenses) by the full Senate on March 24, 2021.

Senate Bill 96, as amended, will have its public hearing before the House Judiciary Committee at 9am, on Tuesday, May 11.

House Bill 253

What it does
House Bill 253 would require law enforcement officers to use body-worn cameras and establishing a grant program to assist local law enforcement agencies to purchase body-worn cameras.

Why it’s important
This bill aims to increase trust in the judicial system as a whole and law enforcement in particular. This is necessary if we want to attract and retain a larger BIPOC population.

Status

This bill has been “retained” by the House Criminal Justice Committee, essentially killing the bill.

House Bill 620

What it does
House Bill 620 requires law enforcement agencies to gather and analyze, on an annual basis, certain data on demographics (including gender and race) for arrests, citations, motor vehicle and subject stops and searches, as well as the rationale given by the participating law enforcement personnel.

Why it’s important
Collecting such data makes it easier to determine the rates at which certain communities are arrested/cited by police. This is another bill whose aim is to increase law enforcement accountability so that trust with law enforcement is also increased as a result. And this, in turn, is necessary if we want to attract and retain more people from BIPOC communities.

Status

This bill has been “retained” by the House Criminal Justice Committee, essentially killing the bill.

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