UPDATED 5:45 PM PT – Wednesday, April 21, 2021
South Carolina Senator Tim Scott (R) is planning to reintroduce his police reform bill in the coming weeks.
On Wednesday, Scott told reporters on Capitol Hill that he’s trying to work across the aisle to see if a bipartisan compromise can be reached. He said he is having talks with California Representative Karen Bass (D) and New Jersey Senator Cory Booker (D).
Democrats and Republicans both introduced competing police reform bills in 2020, neither of which got very far.
“There is a way to put more of the onus or the burden on the department or on the employer than on the employee,” Scott said to reporters.
He emphasized, enabling victims and their families to go after the departments, rather than a lone individual, “is a way we can make progress towards a bill that actually has the kind of impact I think is helpful.”
Scott said lawmakers are now focusing on a handful of issues, like ending qualified immunity and placing a federal ban on chokeholds and no-knock warrants.