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Washington Report – Sept. 16, 2019

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: September 17, 2019

NAPO supports reintroducing Eric’s Law (S. 2264), which would require impaneling a new jury if a federal jury fails to unanimously recommend the death penalty. Under current law, the murder or attempted murder of a federal law enforcement officer is an aggravating factor in death penalty determinations in federal court. NAPO believes Eric’s Law is critical to ensuring justice is served, especially in cases where a law enforcement officer is murdered; NAPO opposes the Police Exercising Absolute Care with Everyone (PEACE) Act of 2019, which would change the current standard for use of force by federal officers. It also requires force be used only when necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury and a provision that any state or locality that does not have a policy similar to the legislation will not be eligible for any federal funding; On Sept. 4, NAPO met with the staff of Senate Law Enforcement Caucus Co-Chairs, Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Chris Coons (D-DE), to discuss the Caucus’s support for moving the Kelsey Smith Act forward. It is our hope the Senate Commerce Committee will approve the bill as soon as possible. The Kelsey Smith Act would require telecommunications companies to give law enforcement information about the location of a subscriber’s phone when there is an emergency involving the risk of death or serious physical injury; On Sept. 10, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) adopted the “contract coverage” standard for determining whether a unionized employer’s unilateral change in a term or condition of employment violates the National Labor Relations Act. This makes it easier for employers to impose narrow changes to collectively bargained contracts without consulting unions, relaxing the “clear-and-unmistakable waiver” standard in place since 2007; NAPO is working with House Education and Labor Committee staff to move forward our Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act (H.R. 1154). Back on June 26, the House Education and Labor Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions held a hearing on “Standing with Public Servants: Protecting the Right to Organize”. The hearing focused on the Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act and the broader Public Service Freedom to Negotiate Act (H.R. 3463), which covers all public employees, including public safety. The Committee is now looking to move forward one or both bills and we are urging the Committee to act on our bill; Click on the links below for the full Sept. 16, 2019 Washington Report and the latest NAPO “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet and “Legislative Positions” document.

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