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Washington Report – Jan. 25, 2019

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: January 28, 2019

NAPO pledged support for the nomination of William P. Barr for United States Attorney General; NAPO endorsed the Rehabilitation of Multiemployer Pensions Act (H.R. 397) to support our fellow workers in the private sector who are facing the nightmare of having their hard-earned pensions possibly taken from them. NAPO considers protecting and preserving public pension plans one of our top priorities; NAPO opposes the National Statistics on Deadly Force Transparency Act (H.R. 119), which would require local law enforcement agencies to provide data to the Attorney General on use of force incidents; Congressman Steve Cohen (D-TN) has reintroduced the Police Training and Independent Review Act
(H.R. 125), which would incentivize states to adopt laws requiring independent investigations and prosecutions of law enforcement officers in cases where one or more of the alleged offenses involve an officer’s use of deadly force in the course of carrying out his or her official duties. NAPO opposes this legislation and has let Congressman Cohen’s staff know of our serious concerns; On Jan. 10, NAPO met with Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE) to discuss the reintroduction of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act (LEOSA) Reform Act. 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; Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL) reintroduced the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 141), which would totally repeal both the Government Pension Offset (GPO) and the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP). This continues to be a top priority for NAPO. When officers, who often retire in their 50s, leave a non-Social Security paying job and move to one that does pay into Social Security, they are penalized by the WEP. By totally repealing both GPO and WEP, the Social Security Fairness Act would preserve the retirement security of those who selflessly serve and protect our communities. For more on these and other legislative issues, click on the Jan. 25, 2019 Washington Report below.

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