Jun 17, 2020 - Politics & Policy

House Democrats' police reform bill advances

Representative Cedric Richmond, a Democrat from Louisiana, speaks during a markup on H.R. 7120, the "Justice in Policing Act of 2020," on June 17

Democratic Rep. Cedric Richmond from Louisiana during a markup on the "Justice in Policing Act of 2020" on Wednesday in the House. Photo: Erin Scott-Pool via Getty Images

Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee advanced on Wednesday night legislation on reforming policing practices in response to protests sparked by the death in police custody of George Floyd.

The big picture: Per Axios' Alayna Treene, the bill which passed 24-14 along party lines, would be the biggest overhaul of federal policing laws in decades. But it's unlikely to pass as it stands in the Senate, where Republicans have drafted their own bill. Before the vote, there was a tense exchange between Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) and Cedric Richmond (D-La.) after the Democrat expressed frustration at Republicans' proposed amendments.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with new details throughout.

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