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Mass House accepting written testimony on Senate policing bill

By July 16, 2020July 30th, 2021MassCOP and Police Reform

Democratic leaders in the House said Wednesday they would accept written testimony by email through Friday morning on the Senate’s version of a broad policing reform bill that passed that chamber on Tuesday after an all-night debate and would put Massachusetts among the majority of states in the country that license police.

Even before that final vote in the Senate, Speaker Robert DeLeo said he hoped to hold a “virtual hearing” this week to allow the public and stakeholders to “provide feedback remotely” on the Senate bill as the House works to craft its own legislation.

The lack of a public hearing on the Senate’s bill (S 2800) was a major point of contention for police unions and other critics who felt excluded from the development of the bill, and led to several days of delays.

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