NF LEGISLATIVE ROUNDUP: WEEK OF APR. 12, 2021

Amid a number of issues that affect marginalized communities, we’re paying attention to the action that states are taking – or lack thereof. Take a look at some highlights!

California

  • SB2
    • Why we’re watching: Even as the trial of Derek Chauvin unfolds, officers still feel emboldened to murder Black and Brown Americans. Often, they face little punishment for their misdeeds. California, however, wants to institute a citizen panel with the power to decertify any officers found to have used unnecessary force in the line of duty.

Colorado

  • HB1209
    • Why we’re watching: Our criminal justice system is the most enthusiastic the world has ever seen. We imprison more of our citizens than Soviet Russia did in an authoritarian regime. This bill will help those who committed crimes at a young age return to life outside of a prison cell.

Connecticut

  • SB956
    • Why we’re watching: There are millions of undocumented individuals living in America. Not all of them live in Connecticut, but the state is considering expanding Medicaid insurance coverage to any that do. Despite some debate over the bill’s age restrictions, this would be a massive sign of progress in immigration policy.

Maryland

  • Maryland Police Accountability Act
    • Why we’re watching: Maryland’s legislators rebuked Gov. Larry Hogan last weekend, overriding his veto of this sweeping reform bill. The legislation strips old legal protections for law enforcement, institutes modern use of force policies, and creates a citizen oversight board.
  • Dignity Not Detention Act
    • Why we’re watching: The hits keep coming for Maryland! Earlier this week, the General Assembly voted to ban for-profit immigration detention centers. Additionally, the bill limits cooperation between local law enforcement and federal immigration authorities, creating a more hospitable state for undocumented individuals.

What do you think of the bills in this week’s roundup? Did we miss anything? Drop us a line on any of our social channels or at info@neighborhoodforward.com or you can contact us through our contact us form. Let us know what’s happening in YOUR neighborhood!

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