Rep. Lee: Today’s votes a good first step, but more needs to be done

Bills would increase training, expand background checks for police

HARRISBURG, June 24 – As the Pennsylvania House today unanimously voted to pass two police training and accountability bills, state Rep. Summer Lee, D-Allegheny, said more work remains to be done.

“Today was an important day in Pennsylvania – but it cannot be the last day that we vote on this issue,” Lee said. “The people of Pennsylvania continue to take to the streets to call for change, and we as elected representatives must heed their call. While I thank my fellow House members for their votes today, I must also ask them that we continue to work to address these issues and to continue to move our bills out of committee, where they have languished for far too long.”

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.