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California Bill to Strip Bad Cops of Badges Heads to Final Vote



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Three months after the police killing of George Floyd ignited national outrage and filled California streets with protesters, the Legislature is in the final hours of a session that is poised to deliver a much more modest law enforcement reform agenda than many expected.

But one of the bills that remains in play would allow the state to strip lawbreaking cops of their badges and prevent them from working again in other California police departments. SB 731, would create a process that would require all officers in the state to be certified by the Commission on Peace Officer Standards and Training, which could also revoke that certification.

After passing the Senate in May and a key Assembly committee on Wednesday, supporters are pushing for a final floor vote on Monday, the last day of the legislative session. If passed, it will be sent to the Governor for his signature or veto.

The bill faces strong opposition from law enforcement unions, which have long been major power players in Sacramento.

Reform-minded Democrats are hoping they hold enough sway to push the legislation over the finish line. But its fate will largely be determined over the weekend, with backroom negotiations looking to address police concerns.

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