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Police reform bills going before Michigan legislative committee Thursday

Steve Carmody
Michigan Radio

A twelve bill police reform package goes before a state legislative committee this week.

The Senate Judiciary and Public Safety committee is expected to take up the package Thursday morning.

The bills address a wide-range of issues, from use of excessive force to search warrants.

Senator Erika Geiss (D-Taylor) was a guest onStatesideTuesday. She’s sponsoring one of the bills in the package.

Geiss said the death of George Floyd a year ago helped develop bipartisan support for the legislation.

“It’s hard to ignore it when you are seeing it, when you're seeing it unfold unfortunately in real time like we did a year ago,” said Geiss.

Geiss said it’s important to make progress on police reform, even if the change is only ‘incremental.” 

Here are the 12 bills in the police reform package:

SB 473(Sen. Roger Victory) Law enforcement: investigations; guidelines for the investigation of officer-involved deaths; require the commission to create.

SB 474 (Sen. Jeremy Moss) Law enforcement: records; use of force records; require to be included in separation of service record.

SB 475(Sen. Ken Horn) Law enforcement: employment; license of law enforcement officer that used excessive force; revoke.

SB 476(Sen. Jim Ananich) Law enforcement: other; individuals filing complaints against law enforcement; allow to remain private.

SB 477(Sen. Adam J. Hollier) Labor: collective bargaining; obligation of bargaining representatives to represent members in grievance proceedings; eliminate in certain circumstances.

SB 478 (Sen. Jim Runestad) Law enforcement: other; use of pressure to the throat or windpipe by law enforcement; prohibit under certain circumstances.

SB 479 (Sen. Erika Geiss) Criminal procedure: warrants; execution of search warrants; modify.

SB 480 (Sen. Ruth A. Johnson) Law enforcement: training; duty to intervene policy; require law enforcement agencies to adopt.

SB 481 (Sen. Stephanie Chang) Law enforcement: other; use of force policies; require law enforcement agencies to create.

SB 482 (Sen. Jeff Irwin) Law enforcement: training; mental health and law enforcement response training; require for law enforcement officers.

SB 483 (Sen. Michael D. MacDonald) Law enforcement: other; research study and analysis identifying barriers in the recruitment of law enforcement officer; require the commission to conduct.

SB 484 (Sen. Marshall Bullock) Crimes: other; tampering with evidence by law enforcement officer with specific intent; prohibit, and provide penalties.

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.
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