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Washington Report – April 29, 2019

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: May 1, 2019

On April 17, the Department of Justice released two reports from the COPS Office required under the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act. NAPO worked closely with the COPS Office on the two reports: Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act: Report to Congress and Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Programs: Eleven Case Studies. Click on the reports below; NAPO worked with Senators Charles Grassley (R-IA) and Kirstin Gillibrand (D-NY) to introduce the Protecting America’s First Responders Act (S. 1208), which would make it easier for public safety officers disabled in the line of duty to qualify for the Public Safety Officer’s Benefits (PSOB) Program’s disability benefits, in addition to several other important program changes. Senator Grassley has been very vocal about the unfair and inconsistent application of the program’s “very stringent requirements” for officers disabled in the line of duty; NAPO is seeking the support of 100 cosponsors of the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act (H.R. 1154) to improve the chances of the House Education and Labor Committee acting on this collective bargaining bill. The committee has indicated that it is interested in having a hearing on the collective bargaining bill in conjunction with a broader conversation on public section collective bargaining, sometime during the summer. NAPO is meeting with past cosponsors and new members of Congress to educate them on the importance of public safety officers being able to bargain collectively. The bill currently has 52 bipartisan cosponsors. Many states do not allow public safety employees the fundamental right to bargain with their employers; NAPO has pledged its support to the Tax Fairness for Workers Act (H.R. 2103 / S. 1026) which would reinstate itemized deductions for work-related out-of-pocket expenses and make union dues an above the line deduction; Don’t miss your last chance to register for NAPO’s 2019 Lobby Day with a Legislative Breakfast and Legislative Awards Luncheon. The registration deadline is this Friday, May 3. Click on the link below; NAPO met with the staff of Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), the co-chair of the Senate Law Enforcement Caucus to discuss our priority legislation for this Congress that NAPO would like to see movement on or passed during National Police Week in May. For more on these and other legislative initiatives, please click on the April 29, 2019 Washington Report below and related links.

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