2015 CPCA Legislative Summary
The 2015 legislative session concluded on June 3rd, 2015. This was a long session that involved and immense amount of bills in addition to the two year biennium budget that needed to be agreed upon by the Governor and majority democrats in both chambers who were not in agreement at all on the revenue and spending side. In the end the Governor and legislature had to accept taxes. In addition, the current fiscal year (ending June 30, 2015) had a deficit which also needed to be addressed. As a result of time running out on the final night and the budget barely passing, the legislature will be reconvening in special session in June to deal with budget implementer bills as well as other non-budget bills that were not voted on in both chambers which were priorities to leadership and the governor, including limiting police excessive force and the Second Chance Society, a bill which is aimed at criminal justice reforms to reduce incarceration for non-violent crimes. Other bills that dies during the session may also make their way into the special session and we are monitoring the process carefully.
This session, as is always the case, also saw a large number of bills that CPCA lobbyists had to lobby that had a potential impact on municipal police. We read all bills that passed through the Judiciary, Public Safety, Planning and Development and Transportation Committees, as well as others committees. Many bills affecting local departments were analyzed, throughout the session, by CPCA legislative Chairs and CPCA lobbyists, who were then successful in fighting against the bills that would have been detrimental to municipal departments. There were also many bills that we were able to have amended with language that was more acceptable to local police departments. The following is the other major legislation in which CPCA was involved in defeating or amending. Please note that many of the bills have passed both the House and Senate and are eligible to be signed by the governor but have not yet become law until he does sign them and that we have not included all of the nearly 350 bills which we had to monitor.