Pennsylvania House, Senate advance police reform bills

Tony Romeo
June 24, 2020 - 7:59 pm
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (KYW Newsradio)  The Pennsylvania House and Senate Wednesday each sent the other chamber a pair of law enforcement reform bills without a single no vote for any of the bills. 

One bill sent to the Senate by the House would require a thorough background check for someone seeking employment as a law enforcement officer. 

During the House debate, Democrat Margo Davidson of Delaware County said too often, officers involved in an excessive force incident or criminal behavior are later revealed to have a troubled past. 

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“So-called bad apples will spoil the barrel if they are not plucked out before the rot spreads," Davidson said.

Another bill sent to the Senate by the House sets requirements for police training, including use-of-force and diversity training. 

The Senate, meanwhile, sent the House two bills. 

One Senate bill would require reporting and record-keeping of use-of-force incidents. 

Another Senate-passed bill would ban chokeholds except when another life is under imminent threat and would require police departments to develop and publish a use-of-force policy.