NC House Gives Final Approval to Bills Supporting & Improving Law Enforcement
Raleigh, NC – On Tuesday, North Carolina House legislators gave final approval to several bills sponsored by Rep. John Szoka (R-Cumberland) and Rep. Kristin Baker, MD (R-Cabarrus) to support law enforcement and improve policing. Both lawmakers chaired the House Select Committee on Community Relations, Law Enforcement, and Justice.
“Last year we listened to testimony from members of the public, law enforcement agencies, and subject matter experts to find practical ways to improve policing in North Carolina,” said Rep. John Szoka of Cumberland County. “We feel these bills are important first steps to improve and support North Carolina law enforcement agencies.”
House Bill 436 – Support Law Enforcement Mental Health would require psychological screening examinations for law enforcement officers prior to employment and provides officers with training and education on good mental health strategies and resources available to them.
House Bill 608 – Dignity for Women Who Are Incarcerated establishes protections for the health and wellbeing of pregnant incarcerated women and their babies, while ensuring safety and security measures for all involved.
House Bill 536 – Law Enforcement Duty to Intervene would require law enforcement officers to intervene and report excessive use of force on duty.
“I am very excited to see these bills pass through the legislature,” said Rep. Kristin Baker of Cabarrus County. “H436 and H536 will help equip our LEOs in their duty to patrol, protect, and preserve our communities, and help strengthen our trust in law enforcement. H608 will make sure that a woman who is pregnant and incarcerated receives care that optimizes not only her health and safety, but also the health and wellbeing of her unborn child. These bills represent collaborative efforts of multiple stakeholders. I am proud of the hard work of all involved and thankful to the bill sponsors in both chambers who helped pass this legislation."
The bills now go to the Governor for his signature.