Civil rights coaching for conservation employees proposed

CONCORD, NH (AP) – Some state lawmakers have tabled a bill that codifies the training of conservation officers on civil rights and anti-discrimination, and creates a publicly accessible database to document violations of civil rights in public areas.

The Senate Natural Resources Committee examined the Inclusive Outdoor Act at a hearing on Tuesday, New Hampshire Public Radio reported.

The bill would require conservation officers to receive training on ethics, diversity and de-escalation and enforce anti-discrimination policies.

Governor Chris Sununu has already issued an executive order extending these training requirements to include conservation officers on the recommendation of a police accountability commission.

The bill would also create a publicly accessible database of cases where people’s access to publicly maintained areas has been violated “without fear or threat of verbal or physical violence”.

MP Maria Perez, a Milford Democrat who emigrated to the United States from El Salvador more than 30 years ago, spoke out in favor of the law. She told the committee she felt unsafe after New Hampshire Audubon announced they found stickers with “images of hatred, racism and white supremacy” on her Concord tracks in the fall.

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