Prepared Floor Remarks by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley of Iowa
On Law Enforcement Reforms Passed by the Iowa State Legislature
Tuesday, June 16, 2020
Too often Americans are cynical about our political system. When all they see is legislative gridlock.
Yet, Iowans were able to set themselves apart by working together on law enforcement reforms in the wake of George Floyd’s murder.
Every step of the way, the Iowa process was fueled by input from the grassroots.
The Republican-led State House and Senate partnered with Democrats to unanimously pass historic reforms.
Governor Reynolds signed House File 2647 to bring additional accountability to Iowa’s law enforcement officers by creating stronger restrictions on the use of chokeholds by law enforcement officers.
Improving the law enforcement decertification process to ensure those who’ve been fired or resign after serious misconduct do not work in our state.
Strengthening the authority of the Iowa Attorney General to prosecute officers whose actions result in the death of another.
Establishing annual anti-bias and de-escalation training requirement for officers.
We are working on some of these policies at the federal level.
Washington should follow Iowa’s example and pass legislation to help correct wrongs and inspire positive change in our communities across the country.