Before it adjourns this week, the Vermont Legislature is poised to make some of the policing changes requested by police brutality protesters. But the most controversial ones - such as use-of-force - will have to wait for until August, at least.
"After taking testimony for two weeks, the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday divided a police reform bill into two parts in an effort to ensure the reforms in S. 219 — including assurances that police collect and report race data — can be passed by both chambers of the General Assembly by the end of this month. The committee moved provisions dealing with police use of deadly force into a separate bill, S. 119, because House members wanted more time to take up the complex measure after the August break, Sen. Dick Sears (D-Bennington) told his colleagues Friday."
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