Every person in every community has the right to feel safe in their homes and in their neighborhoods. But we see more and more people afraid. Afraid of going to school, the movies, church, or a concert. Afraid to call the police when they need them. Afraid to send their kids out into the world. We can and must do better across the board—from holding police accountable when they use excessive force to promoting common- sense gun safety legislation to keep weapons out of the hands of those who wish to do our communities harm.

Police Accountability

Our first responders must receive adequate training that focuses on de-escalation tactics when responding to people experiencing a crisis. We must improve our use of deadly force statute in a way that protect all people and provides recourse when necessary.

Noel supported:

  • HB 1000 – Reforming police deadly use of force. (CO-SPONSOR)
  • I-940 – Supporting de-escalation training for law enforcement and changing the deadly use of force statute. Endorsed campaign and voted for in the House.
  • HB 2892 – Establishing the mental health field response teams program (CO-SPONSOR, PASSED)

What’s next?

Noel and several of her fellow legislators in the House introduced HB 1000 (concerning the deadly use of force by police officers) back in 2017, and it has not yet passed. In the mean time, more people, and disproportionately people of color, have lost their lives to police officers using excessive levels of violence. Next session, we will have an opportunity t finally pass HB 1000 and ensure that there are reasonable expectations surrounding the use of force.

Criminal Justice Reform

Our first responders must receive adequate training that focuses on de-escalation tactics when responding to people experiencing a crisis. We must improve our use of deadly force statute in a way that protect all people and provides recourse when necessary.

Noel supported:

  • HB 1298 – Fair Chance Act/Ban the Box. (CO-SPONSOR, PASSED)
  • HB 1783 – Reforming legal financial obligations (LFOs) and ending our modern-day “debtor’s prison” that prevent successful re-entry by saddling prisoners with insurmountable debt. (CO-SPONSOR, PASSED)
  • SSB 5069 – Lifting the ban on use of state funds for post-secondary education for prisoners eligible for re-entry into society. (PASSED)

What’s next?

There is still more work to do. In the next session Noel plans to work toward elimination of the death penalty (co-sponsored HB 1935 this year). Ending the death penalty in our state is overwhelmingly popular with voters and it’s time that the legislature honor the will of the people and abolish this heinous practice once and for all.

Gun Responsibility

The third leading cause of death for children in the United States is now gun violence.  This is unacceptable, as well as preventable. The NRA may contribute millions to politicians, but they cannot stop the movement that is being built by young people across this country.  I’m committed to continuing to promote common sense gun safety legislation to reduce the fear of gun violence for all in our state. 

Noel supported:

  • HB 1122 – Safe storage of firearms (CO-SPONSOR)
  • HB 1134 – Assault weapons ban (CO-SPONSOR)
  • HB 1387 – Assault weapon background check (CO-SPONSOR)
  • HB 2422 – High capacity magazines (CO-SPONSOR)

What’s next?

Noel supports raising the age of sale for assault weapons from 18 to 21, to match requirements for sales of pistols. Unfortunately, a bill that would have achieved just that in 2018 (SB 6620) never made it to a vote in the House, but hopefully the legislature will have another opportunity to pass this bill in 2019.