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Washington Report – Aug. 8, 2018

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: August 8, 2018

NAPO delegates at the Annual Convention approved five resolutions marking the Association’s legislative priorities for the next year. The resolutions concerned NAPO’s positions on mental health coverage for public safety officers, collective bargaining rights for first responders, protecting governmental pension plans, opposition to blanket prison reform policies, and resources for officers in the fight against opioids; Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced the extradition of Heraclio Osorio-Arellanes, who is charged with the first-degree murder of U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry, from Mexico to the United States. He will be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Tucson, Arizona on Aug. 8; NAPO endorsed the Restoring the Armed Career Criminal Act (ACCA). Congress passed the ACCA in 1984 to protect our nation’s communities from the most dangerous violent criminals, establishing a 15-year mandatory minimum sentence for repeat violent felons convicted of unlawful possession of a firearm in violation of 18 U.S.C. § 922(g) who have been previously convicted of serious felonies on three separate occasions; The Senate Appropriations Committee approved its version of the Fiscal 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS) Appropriations Act, which contained considerable funding for many of NAPO’s priority state and local law enforcement grant programs, including the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program (PSN). However, the Senate bill includes significant carve-outs to this important program; Join NAPO for the 2018 Annual Legal Seminar: The Aftermath of Janus and Other Current Issues for Attorneys Nov. 14–16, 2018 at Caesars Palace Hotel & Casino Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information about legislative issues or to register or for more information on the legal seminar, click on the links below or call NAPO’s Director of Events, Elizabeth Loranger, at [email protected] or (703) 549-0775.

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