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MA Senate Votes to Make Police Reform Bill Less Restrictive

Massachusetts state senators agreed Monday to scale back restrictions they had sought to put on the use of facial recognition software by law enforcement and to limit the influence of a civilian led commission over police training.

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Proposed House Bill Would Mandate Federal Database of Settlements Over Alleged Officer Misconduct

The "Cost of Police Misconduct Act" mandates that the information would be maintained on a federal online database managed by the Attorney General's office.

MO State Senator Wants to Make Doxing Officers a Felony

"[Officers are] not signing up for people to show up at their private residence and intimidate them and their spouse and the rest of their family. That's nothing that our law enforcement officers sign up for," Sen. Luetkemeyer told

Proposed Law Would Require CA Police Recruits to be 25 or Hold 4-Year Degree

“These jobs are complex, they’re difficult, and we should not just hand them over to people who haven’t fully developed themselves,” said Reggie Jones-Sawyer, who is chairman of the Assembly Public Safety Committee.

MA Lawmakers Agree on Police Reform Bill That Creates POST, Bans Chokeholds

Lawmakers in Massachusetts are set to vote on a police reform bill that would make some of the biggest changes in years to law enforcement oversight and rules in the state.

California Bans Police Use of Carotid Restraint Techniques, Chokeholds

California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Wednesday signed a number of police reform bills that ban chokeholds and carotid restraint techniques and allow the state's Justice Department (DOJ) to probe police shootings.

New CA Law Would Prohibit Officers Taking Unauthorized Photos of Bodies at Crime, Accident Scenes

The bill was prompted after deputies in the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department took unauthorized photos of the deceased at the site of the Bryant helicopter crash in Calabasas that were later shared outside the context of the investigation.

KY Lawmaker Wants to Change Legal Definition of "Rioting" After Colleague Charged with Rioting

Kentucky law currently states that participating in a riot where someone damages property is enough to face first-degree felony charges.

Virginia House Votes to Eliminate Qualified Immunity for Police, Bill Goes to Senate

The Virginia House of Delegates on Tuesday narrowly passed a bill to eliminate qualified immunity for police, a legal defense that often prevents officers from facing civil lawsuits, just days after rejecting the same bill.

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Missouri Legislation Would End Residency Requirements for Officers

St. Louis Police Chief John Hayden says his department is currently down 145 officers and that the residency requirement is the greatest challenge his department has with recruitment and retention.