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Hello everyone,

There is a little over two weeks left in the 2024 legislative session and legislators are working long hours to get their work done. On Tuesday, both the House and the Senate worked into the evening (typically they are off the floor by lunch). The Senate then went to committee where the Senate Finance Committee worked until after 10:30 pm. The House stayed on the floor and worked until about 1:15 Wednesday morning. The House also worked on the floor until almost 7:00 pm Friday and from 9:30 am until after 11:30 pm Saturday. Even with the long hours, there are still a lot of bills on which the legislature must act before May 9th. I anticipate most of the action will be in the House and Senate Appropriations Committees. As I have mentioned before, most of the bills that spend money have been parked in the Appropriations Committees. Now that the budget is complete, they must be delt with. Since most of these bills spend monies that are not available, it will be up to the Appropriations Committees to dispense with them.

On Wednesday, HB 1460 Law Enforcement Misconduct was introduced. While there are multiple problems with HB 1460, the most concerning that you should be aware of is that it requires a peace officer who receives an allegation of misconduct (which is not defined) or is reasonably aware of the misconduct of another peace officer to report the allegation to the other peace officer’s employing agency. Failure to make such report is a class 2 misdemeanor. HB 1460 also authorizes a private right of action against the peace officer who fails to report the misconduct and waives all statutory immunities and all statutory limitations on liability and damages. HB 1460 is an insult to law enforcement and the sponsors did not work with law enforcement or even mention the bill to law enforcement prior to introduction. The CSPA and all our law enforcement partners, including the State Patrol, the Department of Public Safety, and the Governor’s Office, are opposed to HB 1460. HB 1460 is scheduled to be heard in the House Judiciary Committee tomorrow afternoon. Stay tuned!

So far, there have been 673 bills introduced – 462 in the House and 211 in the Senate. Only 16 days until the General Assembly is required to adjourn sine die.

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