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Washington Report – May 22, 2017

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: May 23, 2017

NAPO recently celebrated several legislative victories including: Congress unanimously passed the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Improvement Act (S. 419); the House passed the Thin Blue Line Act (H.R. 115), which would make the targeting of, attempted killing, or killing of a police officer, firefighter, or first responder an aggravating factor in death penalty determinations in federal court; Congress passed the American Law Enforcement Heroes Act (H.R. 1428 / S. 583) on May 17. This Act, sponsored by Congressman Will Hurd (R-TX) and Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), encourages state and local law enforcement agencies to hire veterans as new law enforcement officers; the Senate passed the Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (S. 867), which will help law enforcement agencies establish or enhance mental health care services for their officers; and the House passed the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act (H.R. 1892), which will permit the Governor of a state or territory to lower the American flag to half-staff in the tragic event that a law enforcement officer, firefighter or public safety officer from that jurisdiction dies in the line of duty. For these and other legislative updates, please click on the May 22, 2017 Washington Report below.

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