Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I want to make you aware of something urgent regarding the police vehicular pursuit bill. It was voted out of the House Community Safety, Justice and Reentry Committee last week and is now being heard TODAY in the House Transportation Committee. While we are glad the bill is still alive and moving through the legislative process, it has been amended considerably and currently does not allow for pursuit of a stolen vehicle.
House Bill 1363 concerning vehicular pursuits, is scheduled for a public hearing today at 1:30 p.m. in the House Transportation Committee. This means that you only have until 12:30 p.m. this afternoon to have your support of the bill noted for the committee record.
You can read more about House Bill 1363 in my recent Legislative Update. This legislation brings us a step closer to restoring some of the protections that have been removed from our communities.
This is your opportunity to be an important part of the legislative process! I have copied below on how you can support House Bill 1363. Please be aware, if you do not wish to provide public testimony, you can simply sign in “Pro” or “Con.” Please SIGN IN NOW and let me know if you have any additional questions. Thank you!
HOW TO PROVIDE INPUT – STEP-BY-STEP
- Go to House Committee Sign In;
- In the drop box select: “Transportation;”
- Under “Meetings,” choose: 2/20/23 at 1:30 p.m.;
- Under “Select an Agenda Item,” choose House Bill 1363; and
- Then select your “Type of Testimony.”
I would encourage you to choose “Written Testimony.” This where you can tell the committee that this bill does not go far enough in that it does not allow for pursuits of stolen vehicles. Ask the committee to draft an amendment to include the pursuit of stolen vehicles!
In addition, you can follow this bill’s progress by signing up for alerts here: Bill Information. Type in House Bill 1363 and select enter. On the bill page, you can choose to get email notifications or RSS notifications. When you do, you will be made aware of additional public hearings and be able to voice your support.
MORE INFO ON HOW TO GET INVOLVED
Participating in a Committee Hearing:
Testifying in a committee hearing
During the legislative session, you can register to testify in a virtual committee hearing either in person or remotely through Zoom in a similar manner as you would on campus.
If you frequently testify on bills, you may find it useful to create a Legislative Account. An account allows you to autofill sign-in information and view and edit your sign-in history.
Submitting written testimony to a committee
If you do not wish to testify in a committee hearing, you can still submit written testimony on a bill for the archived legislative record.
Get your position on a bill noted for legislative record
If you wish, you could choose to have your position noted. The Committee Sign In – Remote Testimony page also allows you to select a chamber, committee, and bill, then indicate you wish to have your position noted for the archived legislative record.
I urge you to act now as the committee will be hearing the bill this afternoon! Please call or email my office if you have questions. My contact information is below.