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INTERVIEW: Rep. McCarthy speaks with 23ABC about police reform and COVID-19

Posted at 6:17 PM, Jun 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-16 21:41:12-04

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — Local representative and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy stopped by 23ABC studios Tuesday to discuss the latest on police reform as well as the state's involvement in local COVID-19 matters.

McCarthy began by applauding the president's recent signing of an executive order aimed at changing policing practices. He added the on Wednesday, Senator Tim Scott will introduce the Justice Act which also has to do with police reform.

He also added that even while the president's executive order is a start, it is up to the House and the Senate to pass a bill into law for longterm reform.

McCarthy also shared that he believes the state should be doing more to flatten the curve of COVID-19.

He said that the recent uptick in cases should act as a reminder to residents to maintain social distancing and not gather in large groups.