“These bills are a step, but we must take the next step – and the next step – if we are to continue to make significant strides towards a more just, just and safer state for all,” Evers said in a statement.
Republican leaders, as well as some Democrats, praised the bipartisan efforts to draft and pass the bills.
“It’s not about getting political victories, it’s about getting the ball forward for colored communities,” said the assembly’s majority leader, Jim Steineke, R-Kaukauna, co-chair of the Task Force on Racial Differences and Once Upon a Time Job described as a “political loser”. ”
Task Force Chair Shelia Stubbs, D-Madison, said the bill is about improving color communities.
However, other Democrats have questioned the seriousness of Republicans in tackling racial differences in Wisconsin, saying the bills do not go far enough to address such issues.
“I want more from my colleagues, more from this body. I want more for the future of this state,” said Rep. David Bowen, D-Milwaukee.
Republicans delayed the passage of another police bill, AB 108, amid concerns by the Milwaukee Police Association about the date the bill would go into effect. Steineke said Republicans plan to pass the law soon.