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Washington Report – May 22, 2018

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: May 24, 2018

NAPO thanks 2018 TOP COPS major sponsors; The House passed the Citizens Right to Know Act (H.R. 2152) by a vote of 221-197. The Citizens’ Right to Know Act addresses the lack of oversight of many pre-trial release programs by mandating that federally-funded pre-trial service agencies publicly report on program participants, including if they have a history of criminal behavior, whether they appear for their trial, and whether they have ever previously failed to appear for trial. NAPO believes that increased oversight of these programs will decrease the possibility of the accused committing crimes while on pre-trial release or simply disappearing to avoid facing justice; NAPO gained another win during National Police Week with the Senate passage of the Project Safe Neighborhoods Grant Program Authorization Act (S. 2703), which has brought together federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to target violent gang and gun crimes in our communities since its inception in 2001; In yet another win for NAPO, the House passed the Justice Served Act (H.R. 4854) with a bipartisan 377-1 vote on May 15th. This bill amends the Debbie Smith DNA Analysis Backlog Elimination Act of 2000 to provide resources to help law enforcement convict guilty offenders and exonerate the innocent; On May 17th, the House Judiciary Committee approved the NAPO-supported Protecting Officers of the Law in Civilian Establishments (POLICE) Act of 2017 (H.R. 2561), which would permit uniformed law enforcement officers to carry agency-issued firearms in certain Federal facilities. Currently, state and local law enforcement officers can only carry firearms on federal property when conducting “official business” or responding to an active crime situation; and NAPO’s updated “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet and the latest “Legislative Positions” are available by clicking on the links below. The “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet is a useful tool to check if your members of Congress have supported pieces of legislation that will impact our members. For more on these and other legislative updates, click on the May 22, 2018 Washington Report below.

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