FIX THE PUBLIC SAFETY CRISIS

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House bill 1363

Restore reasonable suspicion standard for initiating vehicular pursuits

Reinstate vehicular pursuit laws so officers can chase individuals committing auto theft and property crime. (Filed in 2023: Passed by Community Safety, Justice, & Reentry Committee, not brought to the House floor for a vote. In 2024: No action taken.)

After Democrats initially rejected a formal House Republican request to hear Initiative 2113, the initiative received a public hearing on Feb. 28 and was passed by majorities in the House and Senate on March 4. Like House Bill 1363 as originally drafted, I-2113 broadly restores the standard of “reasonable suspicion” to vehicular police pursuits, allowing police to once again pursue individuals suspected of violating the law. The initiative will take effect on June 6.

House bill 1380

Put more police officers on the street

Provide recruitment and retention bonuses for police officers to improve both manpower and morale by getting more officers into our communities. (Filed in 2023: Did not receive a hearing. In 2024: Did not receive a hearing.)

Sponsor: Rep. Drew Stokesbary
Status: Ignored by Democrats
Comment on HB 1380
House bill 2202

Supply indigent public defense and law enforcement costs

Increase funding to counties and require them to meet minimum police officer staffing ratios designed to take us from last in the nation in officers per capita to the middle of the pack. (Filed in 2024: Did not receive a hearing.)

House bill 1456

Prevent retail theft

Modify the definition of theft so that security officers can actually stop shoplifters when they conceal merchandise rather than only when they leave the store. (Filed in 2023: Did not receive a hearing. In 2024: Did not receive a hearing.)

Sponsor: Rep. Dan Griffey
Status: Ignored by Democrats
Comment on HB 1456

Additional amendments and motions offered by House Republicans

Despite the obvious dangers of children being exposed to fentanyl and no measures in place to protect them, the best Democrats could muster was Senate Bill 6109, which instructs courts to give “great weight” to the lethality of synthetic opioids when considering whether a child should be removed from a home. Amendment 1164 eliminated the “great weight” language and instead would have established a rebuttable presumption that removal is necessary to prevent imminent harm when fentanyl is in the home. House Democrats voted it down, 49-46.

The Democrats’ proposed operating budget made almost no new investments in public safety and encampment response. House Republican Amendment 1104 to Senate Bill 5950 would have provided $150 million per year in grants to local law enforcement and $320 million to clean up encampments.  It also included $28 million in grants to transit agencies to enforce and prevent drug use in transit facilities, and to decontaminate transit facilities from methamphetamines and fentanyl. House Democrats voted it down, 53-42.