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Washington Report – Jan. 22, 2021

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: January 22, 2021

NAPO’s leadership spoke to Vanita Gupta, President Biden’s nominee for Associate Attorney General, and Kristen Clarke, the nominee for Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division, regarding their priorities for the Department of Justice under the Biden Administration; The Biden Administration released a list of the executive actions the President will be taking through the end of January. Jan. 26, which the Administration is calling “Equity” day, the President will be issuing executive orders to create a law enforcement commission and reinstate restrictions on state and local law enforcement’s access to equipment through the Department of Defense 1033 program; NAPO’s Winter Seminar at Marriott Harbor Beach Resort in Fort Lauderdale, Florida will focus on the Biden Administration and what that means for Civil Rights Investigations, Qualified Immunity and Police Reforms. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on law enforcement will also be addressed. NAPO’s Winter Executive Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24 and the Annual Roundtable Luncheon will be held on Friday, Feb. 26.; President Biden rolled out his Administration’s COVID relief plan – the first of his two phases for aid – and has stated that this is his top priority for this first 100 days. The $1.9 trillion aid package “American Rescue Plan” is comprised of emergency measures for the nation’s most-pressing health care and economic needs. Biden announced he plans to follow this package with a broader relief plan in the coming weeks. Biden’s aid package includes $350 billion in additional aid to state and local governments to help address budget and revenue shortfalls caused by the pandemic and to help with vaccine distribution; NAPO once again pledged its support for the Qualified Immunity Act of 2021 (H.R. 288) which will ensure that violations of known rights are punished, and those officers who performed their duties reasonably are shielded from harassment; NAPO priority legislation, the Thin Blue Line Act, was reintroduced as H.R. 72.  The Thin Blue Line Act increases penalties on those who harm or target for harm public safety officers by making the murder or attempted murder of a local police officer, firefighter, or first responder an aggravating factor in death penalty determinations in federal court; Heroes Vacation Club, a discount travel site from Wyndham Destinations, is offering First Responder-only club for up to 50% off on hotels, 25% off 7-night condo-style resorts, and discounts on car rentals, activities and flights.

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