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Stop transferring military equipment to local police forces

Senators Rand Paul (R-KY) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) introduced the Stop Militarizing Our Law Enforcement Act, to prohibit the federal transfer of militarized equipment to state and local law enforcement agencies including, Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles, drones and armored vehicles transferred from the US Department of Defense. This prohibition only applies to offensive equipment and does not prohibit the transfer of defensive equipment, such as body armor.

Unlike President Obama's recent action, this bill will require the return of all equipment currently being used by law enforcement agencies that becomes prohibited under this legislation.

"As a nation, we were shocked by images of police responding to protests in Ferguson, Missouri, outfitted as if going to war. As we rebuild the trust between communities and the police, we have to address the role that the federal government has played in supplying law enforcement with battlefield equipment," Senator Schatz said.

Source: PoliticalNews.me coverage of 2016 Hawaii Senate race , May 26, 2015

End parole for repeat violent felons

Source: Hawaii Legislative 1996 National Political Awareness Test , Nov 1, 1996

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