Ballot Access

The Sixth Circuit denied Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s request for a stay pending appeal of a case relating to ballot signature requirements. Proponents of a criminal justice reform initiative say the combination of the governor’s stay-at-home order and the signature requirements create an unconstitutionally severe restriction on their access to the ballot. 

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LA County Officials Vote to Explore Alternatives to Transportation Police

Spurred by mass protests demanding an end to racism and police violence in Los Angeles County, officials from the third-largest transportation agency in the nation voted Thursday to probe transit police’s use of force standards and pursue alternatives to armed officers patrolling buses, trains and platforms.

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House Passes Broad Police-Reform Bill

George Floyd’s death sparked international protest, rocking the consciousness of millions who watched his life evaporate under the knee of a police officer, but in the throes of national outrage and despair, the House of Representatives took up the mantle to address racial inequities in policing and passed a sweeping reform bill that is not expected to survive in the Senate.

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LA Leaders Advance Bid to Reform Police Department

A Los Angeles City Council committee voted unanimously Wednesday to send a package of police reform proposals to the full council for consideration, including a recommendation that police be restricted from responding to mental health emergencies and a bid to make it illegal when people make frivolous 911 calls based on racist beliefs.

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