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Washington Report – Oct. 29, 2019

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: October 30, 2019


On Oct. 28, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing a Commission on Law Enforcement and the Administration of Justice. The Commission will study issues related to law enforcement and the criminal justice system and make recommendations to the Attorney General on actions that can be taken to prevent, reduce, and control crime, increase respect for the law, and assist victims; NAPO pledged support to the Public Servants Protection and Fairness Act (H.R. 4540), which would reform the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) to reduce its impact on public employees’ Social Security benefits. The bill would create the Public Servant Protection (PSP) formula designed to more accurately account for years a public employee paid into Social Security versus the years paid into a public pension system in a non-Social Security covered position; NAPO endorsed the Restoring, Enhancing, Strengthening, and Promoting Our Nation’s Safety Efforts (RESPONSE) Act, which would provide for and expand access to mental health services, give new tools to law enforcement and bolster school safety with the goal of preventing future mass violence; On Oct. 23, the House passed the Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act (H.R. 777) by a vote of 402-1. The Debbie Smith Act was originally signed into law in 2004 to provide much needed resources to state and local agencies to end the DNA backlogs for unsolved crimes, analyze DNA samples, and increase the capacity to process DNA samples in order to prevent future backlogs; Click on the links below for more legislative information, NAPO’s updated “Sponsor/Cosponsor” spreadsheet, and to join NAPO for the 32nd Annual Police, Fire, EMS & Municipal Employee Pension & Benefits Seminar at Caesars Palace Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, Jan. 26-28, 2020.


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