PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police policy reform is another step closer in Pennsylvania.
State Senate committees have passed bills through to the floor, meaning Senators could vote on them this week.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Partners With Kiwibot To Launch Robot Delivery System
These reforms were introduced long before protesters began calling for change last month.
Protests following Rose’s death called for changes.
For the last two years, those bills have not picked up much traction until now.
“Yesterday was a huge step in the direction of reform. I’m looking forward to a vote on the Senate floor later this week on these two measures, but our work is only partially complete. Through the summer, we will continue to work on the items that remain to be done. We’ll keep up the conversations in our communities and remain engaged on this issue,” Senator Costa said.
Senator Costa’s Senate Bill 459 calls for municipal law enforcement agencies to adopt a use of force policy.READ MORE: Couple Arrested In Westmoreland County Facing Charges In Disappearance And Death Of 3-Year-Old
It also calls for agencies to train officers under those policies and would require departments to report uses of force to State Police.
Another bill that passed out of the same committee last night was Senate Bill 1205.
Bill 1205 would prohibit the use of chokeholds except when the use of deadly force is permitted.
This bill was sponsored by Senator Sharif Street out of Philadelphia.
Both bills passed the committee unanimously.
The bills will now go to the full State Senate for a vote.
If they pass, they will have to go to the state house and then to Governor Wolf’s desk.
In talking with Senator Costa, he’s confident that these bills can make it Governor Wolf’s desk before the end of month and be signed into law.MORE NEWS: Cold And Flu Season Meets COVID-19: Keeping Your Immune System Strong
The bills can be read entirely at the following links: