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Washington Report – March 16, 2020

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 16, 2020

As of March 13, the U.S. Capitol Complex, including House and Senate Office Buildings, are closed to the public and many members of Congress have closed their D.C. offices and directed their staff to telework due to COVID-19. NAPO’s meetings on the Hill are now phone calls and much of our work will be done over the phone and via email at least through April 1; NAPO continues to meet with key members of Congress to discuss the legislation we are prioritizing for National Police Week (week of May 11), which includes: The Back the Blue Act (S. 1480 / H.R. 5395), Protecting America’s First Responders Act (S. 1208 / H.R. 2812), Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection Act (S. 2746 / H.R. 3735), LEOSA Reform Act (H.R. 1156) and First Responders Tax Relief; NAPO pledged its support for the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies (EARN IT) Act of 2020, S. 3398. This legislation creates the National Commission on Online Child Sexual Exploitation Prevention to standardize enforcement of online child sexual exploitation laws and help prevent and reduce child exploitation; and Mark Janus, the plaintiff in the U.S. Supreme Court case Janus v. AFSCME, has appealed to the Supreme Court to have his union pay back the dues that were ruled unconstitutional in the Court’s Janus decision.

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