State Representative Mike Marron (R-Fithian) released the following statement on yesterday’s circuit court ruling challenging the Safe-T Act.
Prior to the original SAFE-T Act passing in January 2021 by the slimmest possible margin in the final hours of the lame duck Session of the 101st General Assembly, House Republicans warned Democrats that ending cash bail was unconstitutional. A judge has now agreed with our position.
House Republicans have voted against all four versions of the Democrats’ SAFE-T Act fixer-upper/do-over trailer bills. Only three of those trailer bills had a hearing in the Senate and only three of the four trailer bills were signed into in law, including the most recent one that passed in veto session.
One of the reasons for our strong opposition has been because we strongly believe that ending cash bail is unconstitutional. Now we have a judge that agrees with us.
Since the beginning of this process when we first received this 700 + page bill, I have demanded transparency and collaboration with all stakeholders. It is time to work together and make strong and long lasting legislation to keep our citizens safe.