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H.R. 1280: George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021

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To hold law enforcement accountable for misconduct in court, improve transparency through data collection, and reform police training and policies.

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Sponsor and status

Karen Bass

Sponsor. Representative for California's 37th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 9, 2021
Length: 136 pages
Feb 24, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Passed House (Senate next) on Mar 3, 2021

This bill passed in the House on March 3, 2021 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

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199 Cosponsors (199 Democrats)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Joseph Biden [D]: H.R. 1280 – George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021 (Mar 1, 2021)

What legislators are saying

congresswoman Johnson votes to strengthen democracy, reform police
    — Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson [D-TX30] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 16, 2021

Rush Statement Marking One Year Since George Floyd's Murder
    — Rep. Bobby Rush [D-IL1] (Co-sponsor) on May 25, 2021

Weekly Update - Week of March 1st, 2021
    — Rep. Elise Stefanik [R-NY21] on Mar 8, 2021

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 1280 will add $1.1 billion in new spending through 2031.


Feb 24, 2021

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Feb 25, 2021
Text Published

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Mar 3, 2021
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 1280 is a bill in the United States Congress.

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