Denver—In the last three weeks, 17 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico have introduced at least 165 law enforcement-related bills in response to recent events.
A new database by the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) captures real-time information on law enforcement legislation introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, including policing bills and executive orders introduced as of May 25, 2020.
This database features a broad range of issues: civilian oversight and data collection; law enforcement training, standards and certification; use of force guidelines; technology; and policing alternatives and collaboration, along with other timely topics. Iowa and New York have governor signed enactments. Colorado and Washington, D.C., have bills awaiting executive signature.
Access the Law Enforcement Legislation Database.
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the states, commonwealths and territories. It provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues and is an effective and respected advocate for the interests of the states in the American federal system.