Gainey votes for police reforms, urges further action by House

Bills would increase training, expand background checks

HARRISBURG, June 24 – State Rep. Ed Gainey, D-Allegheny, today thanked his fellow lawmakers for their unanimous support of two police reform bills, but urged them toward further work, saying their job on the issue had just begin.

“Today we took the first steps in addressing many of the issues that the people of this state are calling for us to take action on,” Gainey said. “These bills should not be considered anti-police. Instead, we are trying to give our officers the training and guidelines they need to do their jobs – and to make sure everyone comes home at the end of the day. And while I thank my fellow lawmakers for their support, we still have more work to do – there are still more than a dozen bills in committee awaiting a vote, and it is critical that these bills be sent to the House floor for debate.”

The legislation passed unanimously by the House today included:

  • HB1910 – A police training bill that was amended to mandate in-service training on the use of force, de-escalation techniques, cultural awareness and bias; and amended to include training on trauma-informed care, specifically PTSD;
  • HB1841 – A bill expanding background checks for police and other law enforcement officers, which was amended to create a confidential repository of employment records relating to misconduct.