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Washington Report – Nov. 9, 2018

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: November 9, 2018

On Nov, 7, Attorney General Jeff Sessions resigned at President Trump’s request. Matthew Whitaker, the Attorney General’s Chief of Staff, will take over as Acting Attorney General until the President nominates a permanent successor. In his almost two years in office, Attorney General Sessions has been a champion of law enforcement. NAPO enjoyed a close working relationship with the Attorney General and are sorry to see him go; The Nov. 6 midterm elections led to the Democrats winning the House and Republicans securing their majority in the Senate. With this, there will be changes to the chairmanships of the various Congressional Committees for the next Congress. Democrats will be taking over the majority and chairs of the Committees in the House, while the Senate will have new chairs take over due to retirements; NAPO met with staff of Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), the ranking member and soon to be chair of the House Education and the Workforce Committee, to discuss our priorities. NAPO and the Ranking Member share a commitment to passing public safety collective bargaining. One of NAPO’s top priorities, in the aftermath of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Janus decision, is the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act, which would extend basic collective bargaining rights to state and local public safety officers; The Blue Alert Advisory Group, of which NAPO is a member, in conjunction with the Justice Department’s Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) Office, are moving forward with an action plan to getting Blue Alert systems in all 50 states. Currently, nineteen states do not have Blue Alert networks; Join NAPO for the 31st Annual Police, Fire, EMS & Municipal Employee Pension & Benefits Seminar to be held at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, February 3–5, 2019. For more on these and other legislative initiatives, please click on the Nov. 9, 2018 Washington Report and related links below.


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