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Washington Report – June 24, 2022

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: June 24, 2022

On June 21, a bipartisan group of senators lead by Senators John Cornyn (R-TX) and Chris Murphy (D-CT) introduced a bipartisan gun reform bill, the Safer Communities Act. NAPO worked with Senator Cornyn’s staff during negotiations and as a framework was being agreed upon and we feel the bill addresses many of our concerns. The Senate passed the bill on June 23 by a vote of 65-33 and the House is expected to pass the bill today, June 24; The Senate Finance Committee marked up and approved the Enhancing American Retirement Now (EARN) Act on June 22. This broad bipartisan legislation is the Senate version of the House’s Securing a Strong Retirement Act and aims to help Americans successfully save for a secure retirement. Three of NAPO’s priority provisions were included as part of the EARN Act: the Putting First Responders First Act, the Police and Fire Health Care Protection Act, and the Protecting Public Safety Employees’ Timely Retirement Act;  In a victory for NAPO and law enforcement officers across the country, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision in the case of Vega v. Tekoh on June 23 and agreed with NAPO that a Miranda violation does not provide a basis for a 1983 claim. NAPO filed an amicus curiae brief on March 7, 2022, in the U.S. Supreme Court arguing that a Miranda violation does not equate to a federal civil rights violation; In a win for NAPO, the Senate passed the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Reauthorization Act, S. 3846, by unanimous consent. NAPO is a long-time supporter of the Justice and Mental Health Collaboration Program (JMHCP), which grew out of the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA), and worked closely on this reauthorization bill. The bill supports crisis intervention teams and training programs for law enforcement and corrections personnel to identify and respond to incidents involving individuals with mental health conditions; Save the Date for NAPO’s Fall Seminar Oct. 31-Nov. 2, 2022 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; NAPO’s Partner, FirstNet, is offering its Health and Wellness Coalition as a resource. The mission of the FirstNet Health and Wellness Coalition is to integrate responder, community, industry, and academic capabilities in order to support the health, wellness, and readiness of America’s first responders.

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