Major police reform legislation has Senate Democrats prioritizing politics over public input

July 10, 2020

WOBURN — For the second straight day, it took a Republican to step up to the Democrat-dominated Massachusetts Senate to remind them that the drafting of laws affecting the public should not be happening behind closed doors.

Senate Democrats’ sweeping police reform bill was slapped together in private, and once again, the Democrats tried to ram through legislation without hearing from the public, according to Sutton Republican state Sen. Ryan Fattman.

Sen. Fattman has said the legislation was “rushed and done hastily” and noted that “the egregious sins of other law enforcement in other parts of our country should not be their burden to bear.”

“Massachusetts residents should feel grateful that Sen. Fattman decided enough was enough and stood up for them,” Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons said Friday. “This overreaching legislation was crafted in private with zero public input. 

“The Democrats put together a politically-driven 74-page bill attacking police to satisfy the radical left’s mob of anti-police agitators, and did so out of the public eye.”

– Evan Lips, MassGOP Communications Director

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