Legislation

Our country urgently needs to reform and revitalize our electoral, political, and justice systems – and recommit to the rule of law. If we do not fix these systems, we cannot solve the problems created by their dysfunction.

In order to hold political institutions and laws accountable to the American ideals of democracy and equal justice, the Brennan Center devises fresh, practical, data-driven, bipartisan legal and policy reforms backed up by high caliber, rigorous research. The Center works tirelessly to ensure that lawmakers enact these vital policy reforms and advance democracy and justice. Below is a sample of legislation spurred by Brennan Center policy proposals.

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Voter Empowerment Act

The Brennan Center has been a leading force in efforts to modernize our voting system, helping shape the Voter Empowerment Act, introduced by Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), and other congressional leaders. This federal bill includes steps to modernize voter registration, a proposal first introduced by the Brennan Center in 2008.


Empowering Citizens Act

Introduced by Reps. David Price (D-N.C.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) in 2012, the Empowering Citizens Act encourages campaign contributions from small donors through a public matching fund program and greatly reduces the role of big money in politics. The Act builds on proven small donor matching systems like New York City’s public financing law and our proposal, Empowering Small Donors in Federal Elections. The Center has also worked on other small donor public financing bills, including the Grassroots Democracy Act and the Fair Elections Now Act.


NYPD Inspector General Act

The New York City Council introduced a bill to create an independent inspector general for the NYPD. The Brennan Center issued a proposal explaining how the position would increase oversight of the Department, mirroring the oversight in place for decades at the FBI and CIA.


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