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City of Moline votes down resolution addressing SAFE-T Act

The resolution, which aimed to address "major issues" of the act, came down to tied vote before being denied.

MOLINE, Ill. — A resolution on Illinois's SAFE-T Act was voted down Tuesday night after the resolution came to a tie between council members. 

Sponsored by Moline aldermen Mike Wendt and Scott Williams, the resolution states:  

"The City of Moline encourages legislators to work with public safety representatives and all community stakeholders to fix remaining problems with the SAFE-T Act; including, but not limited to, limiting the imposition of cash bail for some violent offenders, language that is vague and puts our officers in jeopardy of liability for enforcing unclear statutes, limiting police’s ability to remove trespassers from residential or commercial spaces and instead limiting officers to providing a citation in such cases."

But, only half of the council members supported the resolution. Mike Wendt gave his reasoning and stated, "It is important to give the city of moline one voice that we are supportive of our officers and our law-abiding residents."

The resolution addresses what they deemed major issues in the SAFE-T act, such as the removal of cash bail and unclear guidelines for law enforcement. 

Moline Mayor Sangeetha Rayapati refused to give a vote during the tie which resulted in the resolution being denied. 

The Rock Island County State's Attorney had spoken out against the act but has yet to file a lawsuit along with over half of Illinois' States Attorneys. 

RELATED: SAFE-T Act faces multiple lawsuits from Illinois State's Attorneys

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