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Washington Report – Oct. 14, 2021

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: October 15, 2021

NAPO President Mick McHale participated in a roundtable discussion Oct. 14 with Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, Associate Attorney General Vanita Gupta, and other senior DOJ officials to discuss ways the Department of Justice is currently supporting officer mental health and wellness and our priorities for how the Department can build on that support; To ensure state and local law enforcement have the resources needed to identify and fight the diffusion of opioids, NAPO has once again endorsed the Providing Officers with Electronic Resources (POWER) Act (S. 2853/ H.R. 5382), sponsored by Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Congressman Connor Lamb (D-PA); NAPO continues the push for cosponsors for our Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act (H.R. 3225), sponsored by Rep. Pete Stauber (R-MN). Garnering significant bipartisan support is especially important now as Democrats work to introduce their Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act, which would expand public sector collective bargaining rights to all public employee except law enforcement; NAPO continues to work with Rep. Bill Pascrell’s (D-NJ) and Sen. Charles Grassley’s (R-IA) staff to pass the Protecting America’s First Responders Act (S. 1511 / H.R. 2936), which would make it easier for public safety officers disabled in the line of duty to qualify for the Public Safety Officer’s Benefits (PSOB) Program’s disability benefits. It would also ensure beneficiaries receive the highest award amount possible and all children of public safety officers disabled or killed in the line of duty can benefit from the Public Safety Officers’ Education Assistance program; NAPO met with staff of Rep. Abigail Spanberger (D-VA) about our proposal to expand and fix the HELPS Retirees provision of the Pension Protection Act of 2006, which Rep. Spanberger indicated she would like to help lead on this issue in the House. In our proposal, the amount public safety retirees can take out of their pensions tax free to pay for health or long-term care insurance premiums would increase from $3,000 to $6,000 per year and would be indexed to inflation to keep up with the rising costs of healthcare; and NAPO pledged its support for the Better Cybercrime Metrics Act (S. 2629 / H.R. 4977), sponsored by Senators Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Thom Tillis (R-SC) and Rep. Spanberger (D-VA). This legislation would establish standardized metrics for tracking cybercrime to help law enforcement, policy makers, and criminologists better understand the scope and size of cybercrime in the United States.

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