Lawmakers should consider the impact legislation related to criminal justice and public safety may have on racial disparities. This would function similarly to a fiscal note, which informs lawmakers of how proposed legislation may affect the state budget.

Similar to a fiscal note, which lawmakers use to understand how legislation may affect the state budget, these impact statements would require lawmakers to understand how legislation related to the legal system may affect racial disparities. Understanding the potential ramifications of legislation before signing it into law will help create a more just and equitable commonwealth.

Session

2022 General Assembly

Position

Support