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Washington Report – July 22, 2022

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: July 22, 2022


The Administration and Attorney General Merrick Garland are beginning to implement aspects of President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Effective, Accountable Policing and Criminal Justice Practices to Enhance Public Trust and Public Safety. NAPO shared concerns about the leaked draft over several meetings and conversations. While some concerns were addressed in the final order, NAPO sent a letter to the Attorney General, copying the Director of the Domestic Policy Council Ambassador Susan Rice, outlining concerns we continue to have and recommendations for implementation of certain provisions; NAPO successfully lobbied against an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal 2023 (H.R. 7900) that would restrict state and local law enforcement’s access to surplus military equipment through the Department of Defense and other federal grant programs; On July 15, when the Social Security Fairness Act (H.R. 82) hit the requisite 290 cosponsors, Congressman Rodney Davis (R-IL), the bill’s sponsor, filed a motion to add the bill to the consensus calendar, which requires House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) bring the bill up for a vote as-is after 25 legislative days. That will have the bill being voted on before the November midterm elections. The consensus calendar was established so legislation with significant, broad bipartisan support does not languish in Committee without any action; On July 12, the House passed the First Responder Fair Return for Employees on Their Initial Retirement Earned (RETIRE) Act, H.R. 521, by unanimous vote. This bill would help federal firefighters, law enforcement officers, Customs and Border Protection officials, and other federal employees with potentially dangerous jobs receive their full retirement benefits if they get hurt while on duty. Currently, federal public safety officers may lose their early retirement benefits if they are injured on the job, even if they return to federal service in another position; The House passed the Active Shooter Alert Act, H.R. 6538 July 13. NAPO worked closely on this bill to ensure it met the needs of law enforcement responding to active shooter situations. This bill would create a program similar to the AMBER Alert system for law enforcement to alert the public to active shooters in their community.

For more details on these and other legislative issues, please click on the July 22, 2022 Washington Report below.

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