Massachusetts House leaders unveiled their version of a police reform bill Sunday night that would create the state’s first-ever certification system for police, along with other controversial stipulations that have drawn outrage from police unions. The bill was introduced by the House Ways and Means Committee Sunday night around 9:30 pm and House members were given until 10:00 am to speak on whether to recommend the 123-page bill to the entire House. There are only two weeks left of formal session before August recess, and given tension nationwide surrounding police brutality, the pressure is on both the state Legislature and Gov. Charlie Baker to implement some type of reform bill.
The announcement came just a week after the State Senate passed their own version of a police reform bill. The House plans to vote on their bill Wednesday.
These reform bills came nearly two months after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, which has caused a racial reckoning across America.