In the midst of ongoing protests after George Floyd’s death and public pressure to address policy actions against black people, initial actions have been taken in Salt Lake City and the Governor’s Office to create reforms, including banning chokeholds by Salt Lake Police and Utah Highway Patrol.
On Tuesday, state lawmakers took a first step in banning knee-on-neck chokeholds throughout the state after a new bill by Rep. Sandra Hollins (D-Salt Lake) was supported with a unanimous vote in the Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice Interim Committee. HB 5007 Peace Officer Amendments, which will be floor sponsored in the Senate by Sens. Evan Vickers (R-Cedar City) and Luz Escamilla (D-Salt Lake), will get a vote in the full House and Senate TODAY.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
Voice your support for this important bill by contacting your state senator and state representative using our easy email tool ASAP – legislators will vote on HB 5007 TODAY!
BONUS: Listen live online as legislators vote on this bill using the Reading Calendars on the state legislative website to watch the floor debates in the House and Senate during the Legislative Special Session, which starts at 9:30a this morning. Learn more about the 2020 5th Special Session here.