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Washington Report – Sept. 18, 2018

Posted by: Jennifer Gomori Posted date: September 20, 2018

On Sept. 17, the Senate overwhelmingly passed the Opioid Crisis Response Act (S. 2680) by an 99-1 vote. This bill is a package of opioid-related legislation that provides federal, state and local resources to help combat opioids in our communities. The measure includes several NAPO-endorsed provisions that support state and local law enforcement; In a victory for NAPO, the House passed the Community Safety and Security Act (H.R. 6691) on Sept. 7. The legislation will ensure violent criminal aliens are removed from our streets, our communities and our country; The House will take up the Save American Workers Act (H.R. 3798), which includes a one-year delay of the “Cadillac” tax to 2023, when it returns from recess. This legislation makes several changes to the Affordable Care Act (ACA, or otherwise known as Obamacare) in addition to the “Cadillac” tax delay. One of the more controversial provisions changes the definition of full-time employment for purposes of the employer mandate to provide health insurance – making it 40 hours per week instead of the current 30 hours. While NAPO continues push for the full repeal of the “Cadillac” tax, a 40% excise tax on employer-sponsored health insurance, we support the one-year delay; House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) introduced the sequel to the Republican tax cuts that were passed last year – the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act – a package Republicans are calling “Tax Reform 2.0”. NAPO has been paying close attention to ensure it did not include any of the public pension provisions we fought to keep out of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. In a victory for NAPO, the package released by Chairman Brady did not contain provisions harmful to public pensions, such as the Public Employee Pension Transparency Act (PEPTA) or the extension of the Unrelated Business Income Tax (UBIT) to governmental plans; and Join NAPO for the 2018 Annual Legal Seminar in Las Vegas focused on the aftermath of Janus and other current issues for attorneys. For more information on these and other legislative issues, please click on the Sept. 18, 2018 Washington Report below and NAPO Legal Seminar links below.

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