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MUSIC ORGS CHEER NY POLICE REFORM BILL PASSAGE

Music industry orgs applauded the New York state Senate and Assembly’s repeal of section 50-A of New York’s Civil Rights Law, which hides records of police misconduct and abuse from the public.

Leaders of the American Association of Independent Music, Artist Rights Alliance, Black Music Coalition, Future of Music Coalition, Music Artists Coalition, the RIAA and the Songwriters of North America issued the following statement:

“We applaud the state Senate and state Assembly leaders and the broader civil rights community who have been working for years to pass this-much needed reform. Section 50-A is part of the infrastructure of secrecy that undermines reform of the police and justice for victims in New York. The music community is honored to support their brave work that has set the stage for the current moment of reform. We look forward to the governor signing this vital legislation into law this week.”

The industry, and hundreds of artists, had pushed for the reform in the wake of the killing of George Floyd. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has previously said he would sign any bill put on his desk to reform section 50-A.

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