Paul was very involved in the passage of these bills in the 2021 Legislative Session via his lobbying role and the many social change partners that he has worked with for many years on social justice issues before the legislature. The expertise and experience of Paul and his partners and their organizational capacity/strength helped get these bills passed to become state law and help continue to bend the moral arc towards justice and racial equity.
HB 1054 – prohibits law enforcement officers from using chokeholds as well as no knock warrants
HB 1267 – establishes an office of Independent Investigations for use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer that results in death, great bodily harm, or bodily harm.
SB 5051 – strengthens our state laws on decertifying a law enforcement officer and adds more community members onto the Criminal Justice Training Commission.
Criminal Justice Reform
HB 1078 – this new law restores voting rights for those who’ve completed their sentence with the Dept. of Corrections.
HB 1016 – this establishes a state holiday for Juneteenth
HB 1072 – removes restrictions on use of legal aid funds by undocumented residents
Native American Rights
HB 1356 – Respects Native American culture in our state by prohibiting the use of mascots in high school competition.
SB 5096 – this establishes a tax on capital gains which is currently being heard in Superior court in Waterville, Douglas county.
HB 1297 – working families tax exemption – this now sets up the system in our Dept of Revenue to send out tax credits for some of our poorest as well as our undocumented