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Tougher on DUI and sexual assault

He passed the first felony DUI law requiring that repeat DUI offenders face more serious jail time. In 2016, Mike sponsored legislation which extends the statute of limitations on sexual assault.
Source: 2018 Colorado Governor website MikeJohnstonForColorado.com , Sep 1, 2017

Ban police chokeholds; push the CLEAR Act

During his time as a state senator who represented northeast Denver, Johnston championed criminal justice reform, banning the use of chokeholds in law enforcement and pushing the CLEAR Act [Community Law Enforcement Action Reporting Act, to report law enforcement data by race and ethnicity].

He had a record-breaking fundraising period, with at least $625,000 for the first quarter of 2017. He's vowed not to accept money from political action committees (PACs).

Source: Colorado Times-Recorder on 2018 Colorado gubernatorial race , Apr 17, 2017

Reduce sentencing disparities; ban police chokeholds

If you talk to criminal-justice reform advocates in our neighborhood--I've actually carried more legislation on criminal-justice reform over the last five years than on education: from a ban on the use of the chokehold by law enforcement; to the CLEAR Act, about reducing disparities in the criminal-justice pipeline; to lots of work on protection of kids from child molesters and felony-DUI legislation.

The more people dig, the more they'll find I have a consistent record of these kinds of big ideas with unusual coalitions in all parts of legislation. Even here in the daily activity of our community office--it's not a bill that you have to pass, but we've brought together folks for real transformation, to help work toward a solution that works for this neighborhood. Most people don't build coalitions like this or, I think, get results like this.

Source: Westword interview on 2018 Colorado Gubernatorial race , Jan 25, 2017

Additional reporting transparency about police incidents

Sen. Mike Johnston joined dozens of community members to discuss constructive ways of bridging the divide between our community and law enforcement. Together with community activists, leadership from the Denver Police Department, and state legislators, we discussed new legislation that will foster trust, respect, and transparency.

[Mike has] drafted a bill, which will require additional reporting transparency about police incidents while providing additional funding for community policing efforts.

Source: 2017 CO Gubernatorial campaign website MikeJohnston.org , Jan 17, 2017

Sponsored bill to expunge arrest record if mistaken identity

Legislative Summary: HB1265: Expunge Arrest Records Based On Mistaken Identity

A court shall expunge the arrest and criminal records information of a person who was arrested as a result of mistaken identity, and who did not have charges filed against him or her, within ninety days of an investigation that finds that a person was arrested as a result of mistaken identity and no charges were filed. The law enforcement agency that made the arrest shall petition the district court, in the judicial district where the person was arrested, for an expungement order for the arrest and criminal records information made as a result of the mistaken identity, at no cost to the person arrested.

Legislative Outcome: Passed Senate 3/31/2016; Mike Johnston co-sponsored bill; Gov Hickenlooper signed it 6/10/2016

Source: Colorado legislative voting records: HB1265 , Mar 31, 2016

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