Other legislative wins
HB 1261, Closed Captioning, passed out of the Commerce, Small Business, and Economic Development committee this week. This bill will simply require public businesses to turn on the closed captioning on any tv's that are available for public viewing. This will not only help our friends who are deaf or hard of hearing, but can also help kids who are learning to read or people who are learning English!
HB 1537, Commission on Improving the Status of Children, passed the House committee on Family, Human, and Children affairs. We are excited that this legislation adds two membership positions to the commission specifically for young people between the ages of 18-29 who have experience hardships such as placement in the foster care system or juvenile justice system. More youth voices need to be in the rooms where decisions are made!
HB1006, Law Enforcement Officers, passed the House committee on Courts and Criminal Code. If passed, this bill will require mandatory training in de-escalation, makes it a class A misdemeanor if a police officer intentionally turns off his/her body camera to conceal a criminal act, and requires an agency hiring a law enforcement officer to request the officer's employment record. It also defines the term "chokehold." What we hope to see instead? A complete BAN on chokeholds.