3 new Dem policies: Policing, LGBTQ rights, voting rights
With 23 candidates in the Democratic presidential race, it can be hard to keep track of their policy proposals.
Here are three plans the 2020 candidates have rolled out since June 1 that you may have missed:
JULIÁN CASTRO ON POLICING
Castro, former housing secretary and former mayor of San Antonio, released a plan Monday to combat racial bias in policing, including in shootings by police officers.
Among other things, the plan would create federal regulations requiring officers to “identify themselves, issue a verbal warning, and give the suspect a reasonable amount of time to comply before the use of force,” and forbid deadly force “unless there is an imminent threat to the life of another person, and all other reasonable alternatives have been exhausted.”
It would also expand the use of body cameras for officers; end the use of “broken windows” policing, which targets minor offenses; and encourage the creation of civilian oversight boards.
The plan calls on Congress to pass a bill forbidding law enforcement “to engage in racial profiling or to conduct stops and searches of people with only vague explanations of suspicion,” as well as legislation “to lower the unfairly high burden to prosecute police officers for misconduct.”
SEN. KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND, D-N.Y., ON LGBTQ RIGHTS
Gillibrand released a proposal June 1 to expand rights for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Americans.
She pledged to instruct the Justice Department to make gender identity and sexual orientation protected classes, and to hire lawyers “to focus specifically and exclusively on eradicating anti-LGBTQ discrimination.” And she urged Congress to codify same-sex marriage rights, currently guaranteed by the Supreme Court’s Obergefell v. Hodges decision.
Gillibrand also called for legislation to ban “conversion therapy,” which seeks to change people’s sexual orientation, and to repeal the Food and Drug Administration’s policy prohibiting gay men from donating blood.
FORMER REP. BETO O’ROURKE, D-TEXAS, ON VOTING RIGHTS
O’Rourke’s proposal, released Wednesday, aims to increase turnout by registering tens of millions of new voters and removing obstacles to voting. The plan is divided into three parts, with the main goals of increasing participation, making it easier to vote and combating foreign interference in elections.
The first section calls for automatic voter registration when a citizen interacts with any government office, as well as same-day voter registration and preregistration for 16- and 17-year-olds. (The voting age would not be lowered; the proposal is to allow teenagers to register early so they are on the rolls when they turn 18.)