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Washington Report – Feb. 22, 2019

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: February 25, 2019

On February 13, NAPO Executive Director Bill Johnson joined Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE) in a press conference to announce the introduction of the LEOSA Reform Act (H.R. 1156). NAPO worked tirelessly with members of Congress to enact the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) in 2004 to rightly allow off-duty and retired police officers to carry their firearms for the protection of themselves, their families and our nation’s communities. The objective of the LEOSA Reform Act is to address specific issues that qualified active and retired law enforcement officers are facing when utilizing their rights under the law; In a victory for NAPO and law enforcement officers across the country, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit has followed NAPO’s legal argument and granted a new
hearing on the issue of immunity for officers involved in a use of force; Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI) reintroduced the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act (H.R. 1154). This legislation is one of NAPO’s top priorities in the aftermath of the Janus decision, as it would extend basic collective bargaining rights to state and local public safety officers; On Feb.15, Congress and the Administration avoided another government shutdown when the President signed into law a fiscal 2019 omnibus appropriations measure, funding the federal government through the end of the fiscal year. NAPO’s continued outreach to members of Congress calling for full funding for NAPO’s priority grant programs within the DOJ paid off in the fiscal 2019 omnibus spending measure; The COPS Office just released a report on the data they compiled: Law Enforcement Officers Shot in the Line of Duty: 2018 Year-End Summary. According to the report, in 2018 there was a 24 percent increase in the number of officers shot and killed compared to 2017. For more information on these and other legislative issues, click on the Feb. 22, 2019 Washington Report below.

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