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WPHA and WALHDAB Register in Support of Special Session Bills

Thursday, August 27, 2020  
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WPHA and WALHDAB Register in Support of Special Session Bills

On August 24, Governor Tony Evers called the State Legislature into special session to be held August 31. Evers’ call came in of the wake of the officer involved shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha on August 23.

 

The special legislation is focused on reforming various aspects of law enforcement. The proposed legislation is as follows:

 

LRB-6273 Use of Force Policies (Bewley, Janet) Law enforcement agency policies on the use of force.

LRB-6274 Use of Force Training (Bewley, Janet) Law enforcement training on use-of-force options.

LRB-6275 Violence Interruption Grants (Bewley, Janet) A violence interruption grant program and making an appropriation.

LRB-6276 Chokeholds (Bewley, Janet) Prohibiting use of choke holds by law enforcement officers in use of force policies.

LRB-6277 Public Policy Access (Bewley, Janet) Public access to policies regarding the use of force by law enforcement.

LRB-6281 Summoning Police (Bewley, Janet) Unnecessarily summoning a police officer and creating a civil cause of action.

LRB-6283 Use of Force Reporting (Bewley, Janet) Reporting of law enforcement use of force incidents.

LRB-6289 No-Knock Warrants (Bewley, Janet) Prohibiting no-knock warrants.

LRB-6292 Law Enforcement Standards Board (Bewley, Janet) The responsibilities of the Law Enforcement Standards Board and disclosure of employment files when recruiting former or current officers.

Following review of the legislation and consultation with stakeholders, the Joint Public Affairs Committee voted to register in support of all nine bills.

As of this writing, which is before August 31, it is not expected the legislature will consider the bills based on comments from legislative leaders. However, WPHA’s and WALHDAB’s show of support is important in highlighting racism and responsible policing as public health issues.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R – Rochester) also announced the creation of a Speaker’s Task Force on Racial Disparity. WPHA and WALHDAB lobbyists have communicate to Vos’ office that WPHA and WALHDAB members should be considered for membership on the task force if membership includes non-legislative public members.

Stay tuned for any updates.

 




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