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Washington Report – Dec. 21, 2017

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: December 29, 2017

Congress passed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (H.R. 1) on Dec. 20. NAPO was able to remove a provision from the Senate bill that would have applied a 10-percent early withdrawal tax to governmental section 457(b) plans. We fought the elimination of the state and local tax (SALT) deduction and opposed the application of the unrelated business income tax (UBIT) to public pension plans; In a victory for NAPO, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee approved the Stop Online Sex Trafficking Act (S. 1693), which would ensure that websites, such as Backpage.com, that facilitate traffickers in advertising the sale of unlawful sex acts with sex trafficking victims can be brought to justice; NAPO has indicated our opposition to three bills that were introduced by Congressman Hank Johnson (D-GA) that show utter distrust of police officers and contempt for the policies in place that protect certain officer due process rights: The first bill, the Cooling-Off Period Elimination Act of 2017 (H.R. 4330), would make any law enforcement agency or department ineligible for Justice Department (DOJ) law enforcement grant programs if it allows for a cooling-off period for officers after an officer involved shooting. The second bill is the Police Accountability Act of 2017 (H.R. 4331), which would make it a federal crime for a law enforcement officer to assault or kill an individual. Lastly, Congressman Johnson reintroduced the Grand Jury Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 4332), which would mandate a governor appoint a special prosecutor in cases where a law enforcement officer used deadly force;  NAPO’s updated “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet is a useful tool to check if your members of Congress have supported pieces of legislation that will impact our members. NAPO will update this spreadsheet regularly, and continue to ensure our voice is heard on Capitol Hill. For more information on these and other legislative updates, please click on the links below.


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