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HB670 is a 71-page bill on police reform and accountability in Maryland. The bill official is Maryland Police Accountability Act of 2021 – Police Discipline and Law Enforcement Programs and Procedures. The bill provides resources and guidelines for students across MD to receive a world class globally competitive education. Here is the bill summary:
Repealing the Law Enforcement Officers’ Bill of Rights; prohibiting a police officer from preventing a citizen from recording the officer’s actions if the citizen is otherwise acting lawfully and safely; establishing the Maryland Loan Assistance Repayment Program for Police Officers and the Maryland Police Officers Scholarship Program; requiring the Police Training and Standards Commission to take certain actions in response to violations of a certain Use of Force Statute; requiring each county to have a police accountability board; etc.
The 2nd reader floor debate and offering of amendments is a 3hr event. The debate is intense and yet exciting, showing the public what representatives across the state believe about police reform.
Your weekend assignment, along with your general reading, will be to watch the 2nd Reader floor debate of HB670. The link is here: https://mgaleg.maryland.gov/mgawebsite/FloorActions/Media/house-21-A?year=2021RS
The debate begins at minute 00:22. I would like you to listen up until 3:00 but you are welcome listen for the entire 4:14.
You will write a 2-page paper (double spaced, 12-font, 1-inch margins) on the following:
- what is your initial reaction to the floor debate?
- what particular floor procedure(s) stood out to you?
- what are some reoccurring themes?
- what do you think about the overall 2nd reader debate of HB670?
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