Ok seniors, here is a way to support our young people who have been marching for justice and police accountability. No computers necessary. By calling the State legislative hotline, you can voice your support for legislation that is the direct result of our community outcry and demands. Just telephone the Hotline at 1-800-562-6000.
This Hotline was specifically set up so your elected officials can hear from you. Every year hopeful new legislation is introduced. The proposed legislation is identified by a number and titled either Senate Bill (the number will start with an SB) or House Bill (the number starts with HB). But without public support, many bills languish. Calling the Hotline is easy. All you need is your zipcode, your name, the Bill you are supporting and your legislative district. I have listed some important Bills below. If you don't know your legislative district, no problem. The Hotline representative will look it up for you. This is how the Hotline is described online:
HOTLINE: Call the HOTLINE at 1-800-562-6000 (TTY for Hearing Impaired 800.833. 6388). Callers to the Hotline can leave a brief message for their district legislators on issues of concern or on questions they may have about bills or laws.
BILLS THAT NEED YOUR SUPPORT: Senator Saldana has sent out this list of important police accountability Bills currently under consideration:
SB5051/HB1082would provide timely and effective enforcement of state standards for law enforcement officers, allowing the Criminal Justice Training Commission to discipline officers who abuse the privilege of carrying a badge and gun.
SB 5066 would establish clear standards for police officers to intervene when fellow officers use force unjustly and to report any wrongdoing by fellow officers.
SB5259/HB1092would establish comprehensive statewide reporting and publication for use-of-force incidents involving law enforcement.
HB 1054 would ban the use of chokeholds, neck restraints, unleashed police dogs, no-knock warrants, military equipment, and the practice of officers intentionally concealing their badges.
SB 5089 would increase minimum age and education requirements for new police officers.
SB 5263 would modify a 1986 law that has prevented people who have been killed or injured by police from recovering damages from police departments.
SB 5055 improves transparency, professionalism and equity of the arbitration process for law enforcement collective bargaining.
SB 5067/HB 1088 would shed light on officers who are not credible witnesses because of their previous conduct.
SB 5069/HB 1089 would bring transparency to investigations into police uses of deadly force.
HB 1267 would mandate the independent investigation of deadly uses of force, custodial deaths, and other officer-involved incidents.