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Washington Report – March 19

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: March 21, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced new actions the Department of Justice (DOJ) will be taking to improve school safety and better enforce existing gun law. These new actions are based on the recommendations from national law enforcement representatives, including NAPO, offered at the roundtable discussion the Attorney General held on March 8. The measures include: hiring more school resource officers and other improvements to school safety, aggressively prosecuting federal gun laws, and improving information available for firearm background checks; NAPO lobbied Senate leadership to take up a clean version of the Fix National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Act before Congress adjourns for recess March 23. The Fix NICS Act is a bipartisan bill that would enforce current law regarding NICS and provide resources and incentives for federal agencies and states to share regarding individuals who are prohibited from purchasing firearms under federal law; and on March 15, NAPO attended the monthly Public Pension Network (PPN) meeting, which brings together public pension practitioners and retirement systems, public sector labor organizations, and state and local government representatives to discuss the latest updates on public pension and social security issues being considered by Congress and the Administration. The budget compromise that passed Congress in February included language establishing a Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multi-employer Pensions Plans that has the goal of submitting legislation to Congress by the end of November to solve the pension crisis facing several multi-employer pension plans; and join NAPO May 15, 2018 for the Annual Lobby Day. Use this opportunity to lobby Congressional Representatives & Senators on behalf of your members concerning the issues which affect law enforcement. For more information on these and other legislative initiatives, please click on the March 19 Washington Report below.

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