Concerns from 2021 Police Reform Legislation

Issue brief
Public Safety, Law Enforcement & Courts 

After months of protests across the country calling for racial justice, during the 2020 interim, Democrat majorities in the state Legislature made it clear that their prioritization of equity for the 2021 legislative session would be heavily focused on police reform. The Legislature passed a suite of bills related to police reform including several that the law enforcement community had voiced serious concerns about. These bills went into effect on July 25, 2021. The implementation of these bills have caused a flurry of discussion and concern over how law enforcement is meant to adhere to and interpret the new laws while still faithfully executing their duties and protecting their communities.