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Washington Report – Dec. 4, 2017

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: December 4, 2017

In a victory for NAPO, the House passed the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (H.R. 2228) by voice vote on Nov. 28, moving one step closer to getting this bill signed into law. The Senate passed its version of the bill (S. 867) by unanimous consent back in May. The House made a minor amendment to the bill, so it must go back to the Senate for a final vote; In another victory for NAPO, the Senate passed the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act (H.R. 1892 / S. 1108) by unanimous consent on Nov. 28. The House passed the bill back in May by a vote of 411-1. The Senate had to make a technical amendment to the bill to update a code reference, which means the bill is headed back to the House for a final vote before it can be signed into law; NAPO has pledged its support for the Safe Keeping Youth through Localized Alerts and Response (SKYLAR) Act of 2017. This legislation also has the support of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. While the AMBER Alert Program has proven successful in quickly mobilizing entire communities in the search and safe recovery of a missing child, strict criteria must be met for an Alert to be issued, including evidence of abduction; and law enforcement officers are encouraged to attend NAPO’s January Pension and Benefits Seminar and to nominate TOP COPS before the Jan. 12 deadline. For these and other legislative updates, please click on the Dec. 4, 2017 Washington Report below and related links.

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