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Missouri Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Dissolve Dozens of Local Police Departments

A former police officer—now an elected official with the Missouri House of Representatives—wants to force any city with a population of 5,000 or fewer inhabitants, with an area of less than two square miles, to disband its police department and contract for law enforcement services with either the county police department or a larger neighboring city.

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Florida State Senator Files Bill to Triple Prison Time for Harming K-9s

Currently in Florida, killing a police dog is a third-degree felony -- which carries a sentence of up to five years in prison. If passed, the new legislation would make killing any public safety dog a second-degree felony, tripling the maximum prison sentence to up to 15 years.

Washington Chief Says Officers Will Not Enforce New Gun Laws

Chief Loren Culp of the Republic (WA) Police Department said on social media that he won't allow his department to enforce new regulations under newly passed which he said are unconstitutional.

Washington Voters Back Changes to Deadly Force Standards

Law enforcement officers in Washington will face different standards for incidents involving deadly force now that Initiative 940 has reportedly passed with 60% of the vote statewide.

Washington State Passes Ballot Measure to Further Regulate Guns

A state gun-regulations ballot measure seeking to make Washington's firearms laws among the strictest in the country passed Tuesday with 60% of the vote in election-night returns.

Michigan Marijuana Legalization Proposal Passes

The proposal to legalize marijuana for adult recreational use was on its way to victory early Wednesday morning, making Michigan the first state in the Midwest to approve legal weed.

Washington Police Oppose Proposed Legislation Restricting Gun Ownership

The initiative would implement restrictions on the purchase and ownership of firearms including raising the minimum age to purchase a gun to 21, and background checks and waiting periods for purchasing semiautomatic rifles―as defined by the initiative.

President Trump Signs into Law New Legislation Addressing Opioid Crisis

President Donald Trump on Wednesday signed into law a bill—passed by a 98-1 vote in the Senate and a 393-8 vote in the House—aimed at making medical treatment for opioid addiction more widely available while also cracking down on illicit drugs being sent through the mail.

New South Carolina Law Helps Criminals Erase Criminal History from Public Record

Lawmakers in South Carolina recently made it easier for the convicted to erase crimes from their publicly available records, expanding the list of convictions eligible for expungement.

Video: New Texas Law Requires Students to View Video on Safely Interacting with Police

According to KFDA-TV News, the "Community Safety Education Act" requires all high school students in Texas to watch an educational video—entitled "Flashing Lights"—to teach them how to safely interact with a police officer during traffic stops.