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By Susan Frederick

As Congcongressress grapples with federal policing reform legislation, NCSL was joined by the National Governors Association (NGA) and the National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA) for a briefing on policing issues in the states. Representative Leslie Herod (D-Colo.), the chief sponsor of SB20-217, Colorado’s policing reform bill, spoke to congressional staff about the need for reform in her state, the content of the bill and how bipartisan support was achieved for its passage in the Colorado legislature.

NCSL staff also provided an overview of state policing legislation from around the country and input to congressional staff on the need for increased consultation and cooperation between states and the federal government on policing issues. NGA panelists spoke to governors’ executive orders pertaining to policing and where they see state executive branch reforms moving.

Both NCSL and NGA staff noted that policing reform, as a subset of overall criminal justice reform, should not be tied to penalty language in criminal justice funding. Federal legislation must also take implementation costs into account as well as respect the efforts states have already make in this area.

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Susan Frederick is senior federal affairs counsel with NCSL's State-Federal Program.

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