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Washington Report – March 26, 2018

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: March 28, 2018

Less than 24 hours until the federal government was scheduled to shut down, Congress passed the final Fiscal 2018 omnibus to fund the government and NAPO got two priority legislative initiatives included in the omnibus bill: the Fix NICS Act and the Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act, which eliminates the expected family contribution (EFC) used to determine financial need for Pell Grant eligible students whose parent or guardian died in the line of duty; The omnibus also contained $25 million for school safety iniatives; Congress also funded the COPS Hiring Program at $225.5 million, a significant increase from the $194.5 million it was funded in FY 2017; Another program that received a large bump in funding is the Mentally Ill Offender Treatment and Crime Reduction Act (MIOTCRA), which went from $12 million in FY17 to $30 million in FY18; Congress passed the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act, which ensures websites, such as Backpage.com, that facilitate traffickers in advertising the sale of unlawful sex acts with sex trafficking victims can be brought to justice; and please consider becoming a Law Enforcement Organization Sponsor for the 25th Annual TOP COPS Awards. For more on these and other legislative initiatives, please click on the March 26, 2018 Washington Report below and related links.

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