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Washington Report – June 18, 2017

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: June 21, 2017

The Police Training and Independent Review Act, H.R. 1870 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. The incentives are penalties to the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne JAG) Program – a critical resource for law enforcement; In a victory for NAPO, the Senate passed the Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology to Eradicate Cyber Threats to (PROTECT) Our Children Act of 2017 by unanimous consent; Much to NAPO’s disappointment, after years of bipartisan Congressional support for the repeal of the 40 percent excise (“Cadillac”) tax on employer-sponsored health plans, the House-passed American Health Care Act (H.R. 1628) only delays implementation of the tax until 2025 and does not repeal it. The American Health Care Act is the Republican’s bill to repeal the Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”). NAPO sent a letter to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT), who is responsible for working on the tax provisions of the repeal legislation, urging him to include the full repeal of the tax; NAPO opposes the Police Reporting Information, Data, and Evidence (PRIDE) Act of 2017, H.R. 2676, which would require states to report to the Attorney General certain information regarding use of force incidents involving law enforcement officers and civilians. While NAPO appreciates this legislation includes the reporting of data on uses of force against officers, which is currently not uniformly collected, we have significant concerns with other provisions of the bill; and NAPO is encouraging reintroduction of the Kelsey Smith Act which would require telecommunications companies to give law enforcement information about the location of a subscriber’s phone when there is an emergency involving the risk of death or serious physical injury. For more information, click on the June 18, 2017 Washington Report and other links below.


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