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Washington Report – March 8, 2019

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: March 11, 2019

NAPO priority legislation, the Protect and Serve Act, was reintroduced by Representatives John Rutherford (R-FL) and Val Demings (D-FL) on Feb. 22. NAPO once again pledged our strong support for this legislation, which would provide for new criminal provisions for deliberate, targeted attacks on officers; Under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Section 7(k) public safety employees must work longer house to be eligible for overtime under the FLSA than virtually all other overtime-eligible employees, and do not begin to receive overtime under the FLSA until they work the equivalent of a 43-hour week. NAPO believes the FLSA overtime thresholds for public safety officers are outdated and no longer accurate and that Section 7(k) standards must be changed so public safety officers are given the same access to overtime as every other overtime-eligible employee in our nation; NAPO is asking members to join them May 14, 2019 for Legislative Day on Capitol Hill during Police Week. Use this opportunity to lobby Congressional Representatives and Senators on behalf of your members concerning the issues which affect law enforcement. Prior to lobbying Capitol Hill, plan to attend NAPO’s Legislative Breakfast for an update on NAPO’s legislative priorities, results to date from the 116th Congress, and to receive handouts to use during your Hill visits; Please see the “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet below to check if your members of Congress have supported pieces of legislation that will impact our members. For more information on these and other legislative issues, please see the March 8, 2019 Washington Report below and related links.

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