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H.R. 7100 (116th): George Floyd Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act of 2020

Named after the 46-year-old man killed in May who sparked the protests, the George Floyd Law Enforcement Trust and Integrity Act would institute several reforms to police departments nationwide, including:

  • Mandating all local, state, and federal law enforcement bodies report data to the Justice Department on uses of deadly force involving police officers.
  • Giving federal grants to law enforcement agencies which devise new programs for oversight or hiring, such as bringing on more diverse officers and agents.
  • Creating a federal task force to coordinate the investigation and prosecution of law enforcement agencies.
  • Creating a set of federal minimum standards for police departments, standards which do not currently exist.

The Senate version was previously introduced in December 2019 as bill number S. 3063, by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD). The House version was introduced on June 4 as bill number H.R. 7100, by Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX18).

What supporters say

Supporters argue this legislation contains several needed reforms to repair the damaged relationship between law enforcement and the people they serve, particularly among people of color.

“Transparency and integrity from police departments across the nation is not too much to ask,” Rep. Jackson Lee said in a series of tweets. “The American public watched in horror as an officer kneeled on George Floyd’s neck, pinning him to the ground while he repeatedly pleaded for his life.”

“This egregious behavior can no longer be tolerated. We demand accountability and transparency from all U.S. police departments,” Rep. Jackson Lee continued. “The [bill] incentivizes states and police departments to do just that.”

“A pattern of deadly police misconduct that disproportionately affects minority individuals has undermined the relationship between law enforcement and our communities… Congress must address the urgent issue of reforming our police agencies,” Sen. Cardin said in a press release. “We need to ensure that every citizen’s rights are preserved while giving police the tools to re-engage with the people they are sworn to serve and protect.”

GovTrack Insider was unable to locate any explicit statements of opposition

What opponents say

Opposition could likely come from either side of the political spectrum.

On the right, some have posited a so-called “Ferguson effect,” a notion claiming that law enforcement are often afraid of taking necessary actions towards public safety, for fear of national publicity and protests. The veracity of this claim has been disputed.

On the left, the emergent “defund the police” or “dismantle the police” movements argue that mere *reform *of police departments is insufficient to enact truly meaningful or consequential change. Indeed, Minneapolis City Council lawmakers appear to have the votes to disband the police department this week or next.

Odds of passage

The House version has attracted 86 cosponsors, all Democrats. It awaits a potential vote in the House Judiciary Committee.

The partisan cosponsorship means odds of passage are low in the Republican controlled Senate. The Senate version currently has one Democratic cosponsor. A previous 2018 Senate version attracted two Democratic cosponsors but never received a vote.

Last updated Jun 10, 2020. View all GovTrack summaries.

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