Legislative Responses for Policing-State Bill Tracking Database


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The National Conference of State Legislatures provides you with up-to-date, real-time information on law enforcement legislation that has been introduced in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The database contains policing bills and executive orders introduced as of May 25, 2020, that are in response to recent events.

You can search legislation for by state, topic, keyword, year, status or primary sponsor. Policing topics include oversight and data, training, standards and certification, use of force, technology, policing alternatives and collaboration, executive orders and other timely issues. 

Bill information for the current year is updated daily and new measures are added as they are introduced or identified by NCSL staff.


For faster performance, please use the fields below to filter your results. If you select nothing, the default search will pick up all topics and states in the most recent session year available. The full text of bills is available by clicking on the bill number. This feature is available for bills from 2015 and later.

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Explanation of Search Keywords

Executive Orders: Includes significant actions on law enforcement policy as they relate to the other topics in this database. Executive orders may relate to other topics in this database but will only be tagged as executive orders.

Other Issues: Includes other significant law enforcement bills, including crimes of bias intimidation, false reports to law enforcement, restrictions on participating in the 1033 federal excess property program, civil actions, regulation of warrants and state-local funding.

Oversight and Data: Includes legislation creating or modifying independent law enforcement oversight and investigation procedures; data collection, tracking and reporting; record transparency requirements; and time-limited task forces or study committees.

Policing Alternatives and Collaboration: Includes legislation authorizing and funding alternative responses for law enforcement, including collaborations with behavioral health, medical and social services professionals.  

Technology: Includes legislation authorizing, regulating and prohibiting the use of technology for law enforcement purposes, including police-worn body cameras, facial recognition and others.

Training, Standards and Certification: Includes legislation that regulates police officer standards and certification, personnel policies, training requirements, department policies and procedures, and internal investigations and review.

Use of Force: Includes legislation regulating use of force, including deadly force, excessive force, less lethal force, duty to intervene, duty to report, qualified immunity, and specific types of force such as chokeholds or tear gas.

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