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Police Reform Measure Passes House

A Republican amendment that would have stripped the bill of language limiting the qualified immunity against litigation now enjoyed by police officers failed on a rare tie vote, 72-72. The loss complicated chances for passage, since striking the language would have eased concerns of some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Black lawmakers were shut out of the first three hours of the debate as Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, R-Naugatuck, the ranking Republican on Judiciary, quizzed Stafstrom in grinding detail about legislation drafted after extensive discussions by Stafstrom, Rebimbas and their Senate counterparts.

Rebimbas challenged Stafstrom on a key provision that would standardize training for police, requiring all courses to adhere to the standards set by POST, the Police Officer Standards and Training Council. POST would have the the power to revoke a police officer’s certification, effectively barring them from the profession.

Officers decertified by POST would be fired by their police departments, Stafstrom said.

A Republican amendment that would have stripped the bill of language limiting the qualified immunity against litigation now enjoyed by police officers failed on a rare tie vote, 72-72. The loss complicated chances for passage, since striking the language would have eased concerns of some lawmakers on both sides of the aisle.

Black lawmakers were shut out of the first three hours of the debate as Rep. Rosa Rebimbas, R-Naugatuck, the ranking Republican on Judiciary, quizzed Stafstrom in grinding detail about legislation drafted after extensive discussions by Stafstrom, Rebimbas and their Senate counterparts.

Rebimbas challenged Stafstrom on a key provision that would standardize training for police, requiring all courses to adhere to the standards set by POST, the Police Officer Standards and Training Council. POST would have the the power to revoke a police officer’s certification, effectively barring them from the profession.

Officers decertified by POST would be fired by their police departments, Stafstrom said.

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