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Washington Report – June 4, 2018

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: June 6, 2018

The Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program issued final regulations regarding how the Program will handle 9/11-related cases and making some programmatic improvements and changes. NAPO joined other stakeholders in a meeting with PSOB leadership on June 1, to go over the changes made by the regulations; NAPO is opposed to H.R. 5682, the Formerly Incarcerated Reenter Society Transformed Safely Transitioning Every Person (FIRST STEP) Act. This prison reform legislation, introduced on May 7, moved quickly through the House, passing by an overwhelming vote on May 22 without slowing down to get the input of the law enforcement community or to consider our serious concerns with the legislation. As it is currently written, every single major national law enforcement organization has come out against it; NAPO’s 40th Annual Convention in San Diego, California is quickly approaching. We would like to ask that member organizations please consider contributing $500 – $1,000 towards the cost of the convention. Signs will be displayed at the events to recognize our generous sponsors. If your organization would like to help sponsor an event, please click on  the attached form below and make payment to NAPO by June 29, 2018; As the Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pensions Plans focuses on the solvency issues facing multiemployer pension plans, there has recently been some conflation between these plans and state and local government retirement systems by some Joint Committee members and staff, which needs to be corrected. NAPO’s biggest concern is that the Public Employee Pension Transparency Act (PEPTA) could make its way into the final recommendations even though the issues faced by multiemployer plans are not being experienced by public pension plans. For more information on these and other legislative issues, please click on the June 4, 2018 Washington Report and related links below.

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