Legislation Supported by the FOP in the 115th Congress

·         H.R. 35  (Burgess, R-TX), the “Health Savings Act” would expand the use of Health Savings Accounts ( HSAs) to make them more flexible for law enforcement officers;

 

·         H.R. 62  (Jackson Lee, D-TX), the “Gun Violence Reduction Resources Act,” would authorize the hiring of an additional 200 agents and investigators for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the U.S. Department of Justice;

 

·         H.R. 115  (Buchanan, R-FL), the “Thin Blue Line Act,” would increase the penalty for offenders who kill or attempt to kill law enforcement or other public safety officers;

 

·         H.R. 173  (Courtney, D-CT), the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act,” would repeal a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that imposes a 40% “Cadillac tax” on health care plans most likely to be used by law enforcement and other public safety officers;

 

·         H.R. 426 (Ratcliffe, R-TX), the “Protecting Lives Using Surplus (PLUS) Equipment Act,” which would restore all Federal equipment assistance programs to State and local law enforcement which were restricted by Executive Order 13688;

 

·         H.R. 510  (Sensenbrenner, R-WI), the “Rapid DNA Act,” which would implement the use of Rapid DNA instruments to inform decisions about pretrial release or detention and their conditions, to solve and prevent violent crimes and other crimes, to exonerate the innocent, and prevent DNA analysis backlogs;

 

·         H.R. 613  (McKinley, R-WV), the “Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act,” would direct the Bureau of Prisons to make secure firearms storage areas accessible to employees at all of its facilities;

 

·         H.R. 664  (Joyce, R-OH), the “Stem the Tide of Overdose Prevalence from Opiate Drugs (STOP OD) Act,” would aim to reduce the curb the number of overdoses due to synthetic fentanyl and helps equip law enforcement officers with naloxone;

 

·         H.R. 695 (Schiff, D-CA), the “Child Protection Improvements Act,” which would allow organizations that serve children and the elderly to use the FBI database to conduct background checks on potential employees;

 

·         H.R. 909 (Clark, D-MA), the “Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act,” would expand existing Federal protections to the pets of domestic abuse victims and establish a grant program to assist victims and their pets when they leave their abusers;

 

·         TOP PRIORITY – H.R. 964 (King, R-NY), the “Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act,” which would expand the definition of "law enforcement officer" for salary and retirement benefits to include all Federal law enforcement officers;

 

·         H.R. 949 (Fitzpatrick, R-PA), the “Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act,” would eliminate the Expected Family Contribution provision in the Pell Grant program for the children of public safety officers killed in the line of duty;

 

·         H.R. 1039 (Reichert, R-WA), the “Probation Officer Protection Act,” which would amend section 3606 of Title 18, United States Code, to grant probation officers authority to arrest hostile third parties who obstruct or impede a probation officer in the performance of official duties;

 

·         HR. 1057 ( Tiberi, R-OH), the “Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act” would close the loophole and allow U.S Border and Customs Protections to effectively enforce customs laws that will stop the flow of deadly synthetic drugs into our communities from China;

 

·         TOP PRIORITY H.R. 1205 (Davis, R-IL), the “Social Security Fairness Act,” would repeal both the “Windfall Elimination Provision” and the “Government Pension Offset” in current Social Security law. This legislation, simply put, is one of the top legislative priorities of the Fraternal Order of Police

 

·         PASSED!  H.R. 1428/PL 115-37 (Hurd R- TX), the “American Law Enforcement Hero’s Act,” which would prioritized the hiring of veterans and reservists through the hiring program administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS);

 

·         H.R. 1494 (Smith, R-TX), the “Animal Cruelty and Torture Act” which would provide criminal penalty for those who engage in “animal crushing”, as well as for those who create or distribute such films;

 

·         H.R. 1616 (Ratcliffe, R-TX), the “Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act,” which would authorize National Computer Forensics Institute to provide assistance and training to local and State law enforcement agencies investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes;

 

·         H.R. 1636 (Larson, D-WA), the “School Safety Act,” which would reauthorize and expand the Secure Our Schools program administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS);

 

·         H.R. 1732 (Dent, R-PA), the “Synthetic Drug Control Act,” which would enhance the ability of law enforcement to combat synthesized drugs by amending the Controlled Substances Act to clarify how controlled substance analogues are to be regulated;

 

·         H.R. 1761 (Johnson, R-LA), the “Protection Against Child Exploitation Act,” which would close an existing loophole in current statute by clarifying certain definitions in child pornography law;

 

·         H.R. 1865 (Wagner, R-MO), the “Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act,” which would to update and clarify Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act to ensure that charges can be brought against interactive computer service providers who engage in criminal behavior or with reckless disregard to criminal activity;

 

·         H.R. 1886 (Deutch, D-FL), the “National Criminal Justice Commission Act,” which would establish National Criminal Justice Commission to study the nation’s criminal justice systems;

 

·         H.R. 1892 (Larson, D-CT), the “Honoring Hometown Heroes Act,” which would amend existing U.S. flag Code to allow governors to fly the American flag at half-staff in the event a law enforcement or other public safety officers falls in the line of duty;

 

·         H.R. 2213  (McSally, R-AZ), the “Anti-Bordering Corruption Reauthorization Act,” which would improve the ability of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol to hire new officers;

 

·         H.R 2228 (Brooks, R- IN), the “Law Enforcement Officers Mental Health and Wellness Act,” which would direct the U.S Attorney General to work with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to identify and collect information on existing mental services provided to our nation’s veterans and Federal employees and seek to create model policies and best practices for local and State agencies to design their own mental health and wellness programs;

 

·         H.R. 2437  (Poe, R-TX), the “Back the Blue Act,” which contains a number of amendments to Federal law expanding the death penalty for persons who kill law enforcement officers, restrictions on habeas corpus, limitation on recovery of damages incurred during an arrest as well as two amendments to the Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act (LEOSA) with respect to magazine capacity and the Guns Free School Zones Act;

 

·         H.R. 2513  (Hartzler, R-MO), the “Police Officers Protecting Children Act,” which would add qualified active and retired law enforcement officers, as defined by the  Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act (LEOSA), to the list of exemptions to the Guns Free School Zones Act;

 

·         H.R. 2561  (Hollingworth, R-IN), the “Protecting Police Officers of the Law in Civilian Establishments Act,” which would clarify that existing Federal laws which prohibit the carriage of firearms onto Federal property like post offices, Social Security offices and Veterans Affairs offices do not apply to law enforcement officers in uniform;

 

·         H.R. 2792  (Noem, R-SD), the “Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons (CUFS) Act,” would amend the Social Security Act to keep fugitives from collecting Social Security benefits while on the run;

 

·         H.R. 2851  (Katko, R-PA), the “Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SISTA) Act,” would amend the Controlled Substances Act to clarify how controlled substance analogues are to be regulated by allowing the Attorney General to add synthetic analogues either temporarily/permanently to Schedule A;

 

·         H.R. 3089  (Maloney, D-NY), the “Corporate Transparency Act,” would require the Federal government to collect beneficial ownership information for corporations and limited liability companies unless the State already collects this information;

 

·         H.J. Res 61 (Womack, R-AR), would amend the Constitution to give Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States;

 

·         S. 40  (Heller, R-NV), the “Middle Class Health Benefits Tax Repeal Act,” would repeal a provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act that imposes a 40% “Cadillac tax” on health care plans most likely to be used by law enforcement and other public safety officers;

 

·         S. 139  (Hatch, R-UT), the “Rapid DNA Act,” which would implement the use of Rapid DNA instruments to inform decisions about pretrial release or detention and their conditions, to solve and prevent violent crimes and other crimes, to exonerate the innocent, and prevent DNA analysis backlogs;

 

·         S. 207  (Klobuchar, D-MN), the “Synthetic Abuse and Labeling of Toxic Substances (SALTS) Act,” would close the existing loophole for the manufacturers on analogue drug sales and distribution;

 

·         S. 318 ( Klobuchar, D-MN), the “COPS Improvement Act”, would reauthorize the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and improve its existing hiring program;

 

·         S. 322  (Peters, D-MI), the “Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act,” would expand existing Federal protections to the pets of domestic abuse victims and establish a grant program to assist victims and their pets when they leave their abusers;

 

·         S. 367  (Hatch, R-UT), the” Probation Officer Protection Act,” would give probation officers authority to arrest hostile third parties who obstruct or impede a probation officer in the performance of official duties;

 

·         S. 372 ( Portman, R- OH), the “Synthetics Trafficking and Overdose Prevention (STOP) Act” would close the loophole and allow U.S Custom and Border Protection to effectively enforce customs laws that will stop the flow of deadly synthetic drugs into our communities from China;

 

·         PASSED!  S. 419/PL 115-36 (Grassley, R-IA), the “Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Improvements Act,” which would make key changes to the Public Safety Officers’ Benefit program to improve transparency and accountability as well as reduce the existing backlog of claims;

 

·         TOP PRIORITY S. 424 (Booker, D-NJ), the “Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act,” which would expand the definition of "law enforcement officer" for salary and retirement benefits to include all Federal law enforcement officers;

 

·         S. 573 (Peters, D- MI), the “National Criminal Justice Commission Act,” which would establish National Criminal Justice Commission to study the nation’s criminal justices systems;

 

·         PASSED!  S. 583/PL 115-37 (Cornyn, R- TX), the “American Law Enforcement Heroes Act,” which would prioritized the hiring of veterans and reservists through the hiring program administered by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS);

 

·         S. 597 (Casey, D- PA ), the “Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act,” which would eliminate the Expected Family Contribution provision in the Pell Grant program for the children of public safety officers killed in the line of duty;

 

·         S. 654 (Toomey, R-PA), the “Animal Cruelty and Torture Act,” which would provide criminal penalty for those who engage in “animal crushing”, as well as for those who create or distribute such films;

 

·         S. 708 (Markey, D-MA), the “International Narcotics Trafficking Emergency Response by Detecting Incoming Contraband with Technology (INTERDICT) Act” would ensure that U.S Customs and Border Protections (CBP) will have additional portable chemical screening devices at ports of entry, mail and express consignment facilities, and more resources at the CBP labs;

 

·         S. 739 (Grassley, R-IA), the “Protecting Kids from Candy- Flavored Drugs Act,” would impose increased prison sentences on adults who manufacture, create, distribute, or possess with the intent to distribute a controlled substance that is appealing to kids, whether designed or flavored;

 

·         S. 782 (Cornyn, R-TX), the “Providing Resources, Officers, and Technology To Eradicate Cyber Threats to (PROTECT) Our Children Act,” which would reauthorize the Internet Crimes Against Children ( ICAC) Task Forces;

 

·         S. 867 (Donnelly, D-IN), the “Law Enforcement Officers Mental Health and Wellness Act,” which would direct the U.S Attorney General to work with the U.S. Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to identify and collect information on existing mental services provided to our nation’s veterans and Federal employees and seek to create model policies and best practices for local and State agencies to design their own mental health and wellness programs;

 

·         S. 904 (Grassley, R- IA), the “Strengthening State and Local Cyber Crime Fighting Act,” which would authorize National Computer Forensics Institute to provide assistance and training to local and State law enforcement agencies investigating and prosecuting cybercrimes;

 

·         TOP PRIORITY –  S. 915 (Brown, D-OH), the “Social Security Fairness Act,” would repeal both the “Windfall Elimination Provision” and the “Government Pension Offset” in current Social Security law;

 

·         S. 1084  (Toomey, R-PA), the “Lieutenant Osvaldo Albarati Correctional Officer Self-Protection Act,” would direct the Bureau of Prisons to make secure firearms storage areas accessible to employees at all of its facilities;

 

·         S. 1085  (Toomey, R-PA), the “Thin Blue Line Act,” would increase the penalty for offenders who kill or attempt to kill law enforcement or other public safety officers;

 

·         S. 1087  (Toomey, R-PA), the “Lifesaving Gear for Police Act,” which would restore all Federal equipment assistance programs to State and local law enforcement which were restricted by Executive Order 13688;

 

·         S. 1108  (Tester, D-MT), the “Honoring Hometown Heroes Act,” which would amend existing U.S. flag Code to allow governors to fly the American flag at half-staff in the event a law enforcement or other public safety officers falls in the line of duty;

 

·         S. 1134  (Cornyn, R-TX), the “Back the Blue Act,” which contains a number of amendments to Federal law expanding the death penalty for persons who kill law enforcement officers, restrictions on habeas corpus, limitation on recovery of damages incurred during an arrest as well as two amendments to the Law Enforcement Officers’ Safety Act (LEOSA) with respect to magazine capacity and the Guns Free School Zones Act;

 

·         S. 1311  (Cornyn, R-TX), the “Abolish Human Trafficking Act,” reauthorizes parts of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act and expand the authority of State and local agencies to obtain wiretap warrants for trafficking investigations;

 

·         S. 1312  (Grassley, R-IA), the “Trafficking Victims Protection Act,” would help prevent human trafficking by promoting training for law enforcement and school resource officers through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) to better identify and respond to human trafficking victims;

 

·         S. 1327  (Grassley, R-IA), the “Stop the Importation and Trafficking of Synthetic Analogues (SISTA) Act,” would amend the Controlled Substances Act to clarify how controlled substance analogues are to be regulated by allowing the Attorney General to add synthetic analogues either temporarily/permanently to Schedule A;

 

 

 


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