Gov. Wolf to sign 2 police reform bills; more on the way

Tony Romeo
June 30, 2020 - 8:55 pm

HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio)  A spokesperson for Gov. Tom Wolf said he will sign two police reform bills sent to his desk by the Senate Tuesday. And, there are more law enforcement reform bills still working their way through the Legislature. 

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One bill sent to the governor would require a thorough background check for someone seeking employment as a law enforcement officer. The other bill sets requirements for police training, including use-of-force and diversity training. 

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Other police reform bills that were passed by the Senate are awaiting action in the House. 

One of those bills is sponsored by Philadelphia Senate Democrat Sharif Street.

“We have moved forward in a resounding way, and we have shown that we can react quickly and decisively when needed,” Street said.

Senate Democrats, meanwhile, will embark on a statewide Racial Equity Solutions Tour. 

Members will hold conversations and will participate in protests and community events in an effort to build a broad coalition to fight for solutions to end systemic racism.