Statement from House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox on the passage of House Bill 2037

House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox released the following statement after the passage of House Bill 2037 (Modifying the standard for use of force by peace officers) today.

“While this is a step in the right direction, House Republicans wish the bill went further and hope it can be improved in the Senate. The Legislature still has a lot more work to do to fix the problems created by the flawed policing legislation passed by Democrats last year. It is also critical for state lawmakers to pass House Bill 1788. The measure would allow police officers to engage in vehicular pursuits when there is reasonable suspicion that someone in the vehicle has committed or is committing a violent offense, is attempting to escape, or is driving under the influence. House Democratic leadership has assured me they will make every effort to move this bill forward. The sooner, the better, as every day counts for our communities.”

House Bill 2037 passed the House on a 87-11 vote. House Bill 1788 passed out of the House Public Safety Committee on February 3 and was referred to the House Rules Committee.

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