House Bill 1280
117th Congress(2021-2022)
George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021
Active
Active
Passed House on Mar 3, 2021
Overview
Text
Sponsor
Introduced
Feb 24, 2021
Latest Action
Mar 9, 2021
Origin Chamber
House
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
1280
Congress
117
Policy Area
Crime and Law Enforcement
Crime and Law Enforcement
Primary focus of measure is criminal offenses, investigation and prosecution, procedure and sentencing; corrections and imprisonment; juvenile crime; law enforcement administration. Measures concerning terrorism may fall under Emergency Management or International Affairs policy areas.
Sponsorship by Party
California
Massachusetts
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
California
Colorado
Colorado
Connecticut
Connecticut
Connecticut
Connecticut
District of Columbia
Florida
Florida
Illinois
Illinois
Illinois
Illinois
Kentucky
Maryland
Maryland
Maryland
Maryland
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Michigan
Michigan
Minnesota
Minnesota
Mississippi
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Jersey
New Jersey
New Jersey
New Jersey
New Jersey
New Jersey
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
New York
New York
New York
New York
North Carolina
North Carolina
North Carolina
North Carolina
North Carolina
Northern Mariana Islands
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Rhode Island
South Carolina
Tennessee
Tennessee
U.S. Virgin Islands
Virginia
Virginia
Virginia
Washington
Washington
Washington
Washington
Washington
Wisconsin
Wisconsin
Passed
March 4, 2021
Type
Passage Of A Measure
House Roll Call Votes
Summary

George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021

This bill addresses a wide range of policies and issues regarding policing practices and law enforcement accountability. It increases accountability for law enforcement misconduct, restricts the use of certain policing practices, enhances transparency and data collection, and establishes best practices and training requirements.

The bill enhances existing enforcement mechanisms to remedy violations by law enforcement. Among other things, it does the following:

  • lowers the criminal intent standard—from willful to knowing or reckless—to convict a law enforcement officer for misconduct in a federal prosecution,
  • limits qualified immunity as a defense to liability in a private civil action against a law enforcement officer, and
  • grants administrative subpoena power to the Department of Justice (DOJ) in pattern-or-practice investigations.

It establishes a framework to prevent and remedy racial profiling by law enforcement at the federal, state, and local levels. It also limits the unnecessary use of force and restricts the use of no-knock warrants, chokeholds, and carotid holds.

The bill creates a national registry—the National Police Misconduct Registry—to compile data on complaints and records of police misconduct. It also establishes new reporting requirements, including on the use of force, officer misconduct, and routine policing practices (e.g., stops and searches).

Finally, it directs DOJ to create uniform accreditation standards for law enforcement agencies and requires law enforcement officers to complete training on racial profiling, implicit bias, and the duty to intervene when another officer uses excessive force.

Text (2)
March 3, 2021
February 24, 2021
Actions (15)
03/09/2021
Received in the Senate.
03/03/2021
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
03/03/2021
On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 220 - 212 (Roll no. 60). (text: CR H1039-1054)
03/03/2021
Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 220 - 212 (Roll no. 60).(text: CR H1039-1054)
03/03/2021
On motion to recommit Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 208 - 219 (Roll no. 59).
03/03/2021
The previous question on the motion to recommit was ordered pursuant to the rule.
03/03/2021
Ms. Malliotakis moved to recommit to the Committee on the Judiciary. (text: CR H1069)
03/03/2021
The previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
03/03/2021
DEBATE - The House proceeded with one hour of debate on H.R. 1280.
03/03/2021
Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1 and H.R. 1280. Rule provides for 1 hour of general debate on H.R. 1 and one motion to recommit. Rule