The House has introduced its police accountability bill, H.4860!
Unfortunately, H.4860 does not include many of these essential provisions. When it comes to school policing, H.4860:
- Maintains the requirement that chiefs of police assign SROs to each district
- Rejects the Senate language that would require a school committee vote to assign SROs to each district
- Rep. Lindsay Sabadosa’s Amendment #1 places the decision to assign SROs in the hands of school committees by annual public vote. If a superintendent wants school resource officers each year, they have to inform the school committee and explain: 1) How much it will cost, 2) How much funding currently goes towards mental and emotional health support personnel, and 3) How many school-based arrests and referrals there were in the previous year.
Time is of the essence! The House will vote on amendments – and the bill itself – as early as Wednesday!
What You Can Do
- Email your representative TODAY and ask them to co-sponsor Representative Sabadosa’s Amendment #1. You can say: By requiring a school committee vote, Amendment #1 gives parents, students, educators, and communities a necessary voice in deciding whether to place police in schools. As your constituent, I urge you to co-sponsor this amendment and vote for its adoption.
- Make sure to share this fact sheet from the Coalition for Smart Responses to Student Behavior as well!
- Because elected officials get a lot of emails, follow-up with a phone call to ask whether the Representative will co-sponsor Amendment #1.
- Click here to find your Representative’s emails and phone numbers.
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