The Massachusetts House and Senate on Tuesday passed a compromise police reform bill that’s the result of months of negotiations among legislative leaders. The measure passed in the Senate by a vote of 28 to 12. The House of Representatives then passed it on a 92 to 67 vote. It now heads to Gov. Charlie Baker.
The proposed law calls for the creation of a state commission to set standards for police training and accountability. The commission would be made up of six civilians and three people from law enforcement. It would certify — or license — police officers every three years and have the power to de-certify officers who use excessive force or commit other violations.