David Welter Photo

David Welter Photo 

One local lawmaker is not happy about a major proposed police reform bill. State Representative David Welter spoke out on his opposition to a newly proposed package of legislation expected to be considered that if enacted could have a devastating impact on public safety throughout Illinois.

Welter also said the bill is one-sided.

House Bill 163 includes unfunded mandates on police departments, threatens a 20% cut in funding for public safety budgets, allows officers to be punished or fired based on anonymous complaint and makes a variety of other changes that would make it more difficult for officers to arrest dangerous offenders and keep them in custody.

The Illinois General Assembly has until noon on January 13th to pass legislation before the next duly elected General Assembly takes office.