Meet PursuitSAFETY's Legislative Committee
PursuitSAFETY's Professional Advisory Board sponsors and promotes federal and state legislation designed to strike a proper balance between the rights and expectations of innocent bystanders and motorists against the need for police vehicular pursuits and response calls.
Committee Chair Rob Bastian and Dr. Geoffrey Alpert, Jon Farris, Richard Hendrix, and Candy Priano serve on PursuitSAFETY's Legislative Committee. Send information about pursuit-related legislation to firstname.lastname@example.org
Massachusetts: Supported Stricter Penalties, HB 4462. PursuitSAFETY's Letter (pdf)
Tennessee: We worked with the Tennessee Association for Justice (TAJ) and blocked a measure that was picking up traction: HB 2907. We opposed this measure for the express purpose to prevent death of and injury to police officers and innocent bystanders. The measure would have weakened the supervisory component when officers conducted police chases. Jim Bilbo, on behalf of the TAJ, wrote to PursuitSAFETY: "We believe your communication to the House Judiciary Committee members was helpful in this development." PursuitSAFETY's Letter (sent via email).
Update: Bachman's Law moves forward even though IACP Opposes Illinois HB 0795, received May 8, 2009
Illinois Rep. Ron Wait: Bachman’s Law Passed by the Illinois House of Representatives, March 25, 2009
PursuitSAFETY supports Bachman's Law, Illinois HB 0795, March 23, 2009
HB 0795 is a measured response to recent, preventable tragedies on Illinois roadways. The bill strikes a proper balance between the rights and expectations of innocent bystanders and motorists against the need for prompt emergency response calls.
Pictures and stories about the Bachman tragedy.
PursuitSAFETY supports HB 1030
State of Washington
HB 1030: Enhancing the Penalty for Eluding a Police Vehicle.
PursuitSAFETY's Letter of Support dated February 18, 2008.
Gov. Chris Gregoire signed HB 1030 March 28, 2008