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Illinois Passes Police Reform Law

elgie-sims“Police encounters gone tragically wrong in Ferguson, New York City, Baltimore and elsewhere forced the nation to confront uncomfortable realities about race and policing in America, and here in Illinois, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle felt compelled to take action to address the disparities and restore trust. Independent investigations, better training and better record-keeping will foster an atmosphere of seriousness about tackling racial disparities in law enforcement and zero tolerance of police misconduct.” Statement of Representative Elgie Sims (D-Chicago), who spearheaded the legislation in the House.

Kwame Raoul

Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul

“Illinois has set the standard, set the standard nationally.” Statement of Illinois State Senator Kwame Raoul, who co-sponsored the Bill in the state senate.

 

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed the bill into law, which will take full effect in January 2016. Currently the state is forming a commission to review training requirements and other issues. The commission is scheduled to report to legislators and Governor Rauner by the end of January.

Some of the highlights of the new law.

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Georgia Governor Signs ‘Unprecedented’ Gun Rights Bill

Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, and all creatures great and small,

There’s some good articles on other blogs that I’ll reblog today.  Hope you enjoy.

The Fifth Column

Gov. Nathan Deal, seated, signs House Bill 60 into law Wednesday in Ellijay, Ga. The gun law is a broad loosening of Georgia’s gun restrictions. Under the law, people with a license can carry a gun into bars, some government buildings and places of worship if religious leaders say it’s OK. 

I can’t believe the Governor of Georgia signed this incredibly dangerous gun “rights” bill.   What about the rights of potential victims of this madness?

The Huffington Post

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) signed a sweeping gun rights bill on Wednesday.

House Bill 60, also known as the Safe Carry Protection Act, will allow licensed gun owners to carry their firearms into public places, including bars, nightclubs, schools, churches and government buildings.

“People who follow the rules can protect themselves and their families from people who don’t follow the rules,” Deal said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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