Morrison Urges Veto on Recently Passed Police Reform Bill

PALATINE—Today, House Republican Leader Jim Durkin (R-Western Springs) held a press conference with the President of the Fraternal Order of Police Trooper’s Lodge #41 Joe Moon to discuss the impact of the recently passed criminal justice reform legislation, HB3653. The legislation made sweeping changes to reform criminal justice including the elimination of cash bail, instituting an unfunded requirement of body cameras for all police forces statewide, and altering safety protocols for officers.

State Representative Tom Morrison (R-Palatine) echoed their sentiment today and reiterated his opposition to that legislation, which passed on the last day of lame duck session in the Illinois House earlier this month. Morrison voted ‘no’ on the measure, due in part to the magnitude of constituents in his 54th legislative district who urged him to oppose it.

“This legislation is harmful to those who are tasked with protecting us and serving our communities,” said Morrison. “There were many faults in the process behind passing this legislation, but today it’s important we focus on the substance of it. Ultimately, this will not increase our public safety, but pose more harm to it. The significant changes to criminal justice procedures in this bill will have a direct negative affect on law enforcement, both in retention and recruitment, as well as our larger public safety.”

HB3653 is currently awaiting the Governor’s signature, but Morrison stands with the House Republicans in his call for Pritzker to veto the legislation.

“There are serious issues with the legislation as it is currently written,” continued Morrison. “I believe this bill will impact not only law enforcement, but our communities who will have to deal with the repercussions. Placing unfunded mandates on local police forces will fall back on our local tax bases. We have all agreed that criminal justice and police reform are necessary, but the way in which this bill is written makes it impossible for law enforcement to enact these contradictory changes in a way that won’t hurt our communities. We can do better, and we can do that by bringing law enforcement into these discussions during the bill process.”

Governor Pritzker has 60 days to sign the bill from the time it was passed on January 13th.