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  • 05 Dec 2017 5:05 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Washington Watch: Legislative Update
    For the Week of 27 November 2017
     
    I.         Legislative News and Activity  

    II.       This Week in Congress

    III.     Update on Top Legislative Priorities 

    IV.  FOP News: Law Enforcement Mental Health Bill Passes House

    V. Follow the FOP on Twitter! 

     

    I.    LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY

    Senior Advisor to the National President, Jim Pasco:

    • Spoke with Mercedes Schlapp, Director of Strategic Communications, regarding law enforcement vacancies and FOP priorities;
    • Spoke with Jennifer Korn, Special Assistant to the President, regarding upcoming FOP events and communication issues at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security;
    • Spoke with Steve H. Cook, Associate Deputy Attorney, regarding first responder liability issues; and
    • Spoke with leadership at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives (ATF) on the current NICS (National Instant Criminal Check System) and bump stocks regulation.

    Senior Legislative Tim Richardson:

    • Represented the FOP at a stakeholder meeting with staff in the office of the Speaker of the House to discuss the tax reform bill and its impact on public pension systems; and
    • Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson represented the FOP at a law enforcement roundtable hosted by the American Trucking Association to discuss areas of mutual concern for law enforcement and the trucking and shipping industry.

    Legislative Liaison Mike Martin:

    • Participated in a stakeholder meeting for the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA) Working Group;
    • Participated in a stakeholder meeting hosted by the National Conference on Public Employee Retirement Systems (NCPERS);
    • Met with staff in the offices of the Majority Whip, the Committee on Ways and Means and Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT) to discuss the tax reform bill and its impact on public pension systems.

    Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Mike Martin met last week with staff in the offices of Senator Joseph S. Donnelly (D-IN) and Representative Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) to discuss the impending passage of H.R. 2228, the “Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act.”

    Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Scott Marks participated in a stakeholders conference call to discuss pending legislation addressing anti-money laundering efforts and the need to collect beneficial ownership information to combat money laundering and fraud.

     

    II.  THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS

    Both chambers were in session this week

    Action in the House
    The House considered and passed H.R. 2228, the “Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act,” by voice vote.  The legislation, which the FOP helped craft, now goes to the Senate for further consideration.  (See Item IV. below)

    The House considered and passed H.R 4182, the “Ensuring a Qualified Civil Service Act (EQUALS) Act,” on a 213-204 vote.


    Action in House Committees
    The Committee on the Judiciary considered and favorably reported H.R. 38, the “Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act” on a 19-11 vote.  The measure, on which the FOP did not take a position, now goes to the House floor.

    The Committee on the Judiciary considered and favorably reported H.R. 4477, the “Fix NICS Act,” on a 17-6 vote.  The FOP supports this legislation, which now goes to the House floor.

    The Committee on the Judiciary considered and favorably reported H.R. 2666, the “AMBER Alert in Indian County Act,” on a voice vote.

    Two Subcommittees of the Committee on Financial Services, the Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Credit and the Subcommittee on Terrorism and Illicit Finance,  held a joint hearing entitled: “Legislative Proposals to Counter Terrorism and Illicit Finance.”

     

    Action in Senate
     The Senate approved the motion to proceed to the consideration of H.R. 1, the “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act,” on a 52-48 vote.  This vote triggered the consideration of additional amendments to the underlying bill. Voting is expected to stretch into the night and possibly over the weekend or into next week.  If the bill passes, it will be reconciled by a House-Senate conference committee.

     

    Action in Senate Committees
    The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on S. 1241, “Combating Money Laundering, Terrorist Financing and Counterfeiting Act,” entitled: “Modernizing AML Laws to Combat Money Laundering and Terrorism Financing.”  The FOP supports S. 1241.

     

    III.    UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

    For the complete list of cosponsors for all of our top legislative priorities, or to find out if your Representative and Senators are cosponsors of specific bills, check out https://www.congress.gov/

    A.  Support H.R. 1205/S. 915, the "Social Security Fairness Act"
    Three additional lawmakers have co-sponsored H.R. 1205. We have 164 cosponsors.

    We have 9 cosponsors on S. 915.

     
    B.  Support the H.R. 964/S. 424, the "Law Enforcement Officers' Equity Act"

    We have 32 cosponsors on H.R. 964.

    We have 4 cosponsors on S. 424.

     

    V.  FOP News:  Law Enforcement  Mental Health Bill Passes House
    Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, was proud to announce that the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 2228, the “Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act” under suspension of the rules by voice vote. The bill was sponsored by Representatives Susan W. Brooks (R-IN) and Valdez V. Demings (D-FL). 

    “This bill came to be when Senators Joe Donnelly and Todd Young reached out to us to see what more could be done to help law enforcement officers struggling to cope with the stresses of their profession,” Canterbury explained. “We worked with them to craft a bill, S. 867, which, with their help, passed the Senate earlier this year. We’re also grateful to Representatives Brooks and Demings who worked so closely with us to get the bill through the House today.”

    The House companion measure cleared the Judiciary Committee in October. The FOP led an effort to defeat a harmful, last-minute amendment pushed by the National Sheriffs’ Association, which opposed the bill as introduced. 

    “Our officers wear protective clothing and other equipment to keep themselves safe from physical harm, but these officers also face challenges to their mental health and well-being.  Unlike many other professions, sometimes you can't leave the job at the office and we need to do a better job of supporting our officers and their mental health,” Canterbury said.

    The legislation directs the U.S. Attorney General to identify existing mental health and wellness programs administered by the Federal government including those in the U.S. Departments of Defense, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs. This information will then be compiled into a report to Congress which will contain best practices and model policies which could be adopted by State, local and tribal law enforcement agencies in an effort to improve their own mental health services for their officers.  The bill would also authorize the establishment of pilot peer mentoring programs and review existing crisis hotlines for law enforcement officers.

    “The FOP has been a leader on mental wellness for law enforcement officers and we believe we can provide better support for the men and women behind the badge,” Canterbury said. “We are proud to support the ‘Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act’ and look forward to getting this bill through the Senate and then to the President's desk."

     

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  • 05 Dec 2017 5:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The following link is to an End of the Year Legislative Update from the team at the Steve Young Legislative Advocacy Center

    https://fop.net/CmsDocument/Doc/2017EOYLegislativeRoundUp.pdf

  • 17 Nov 2017 9:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    October 16, 2017

    The Inver Hills Community College Foundation reported that the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #1 Scholarship fund for fiscal year 2017 has a total fund balance of $116,241.15. Total scholarships awarded to individuals who are in the public safety program disbursed since 2012 total $5000. The scholarships have helped the students improve their lives and positively impact their community. This scholarship program was made possible through Lodge 1 charitable gaming program and will help students far into the future.
  • 27 Feb 2017 4:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Washington Watch: Legislative Update
    For the Week of 20 February 2017
     
    I.       Legislative News and Activity
    II.     This Week in Congress
    III.   Update on Top Legislative Priorities
    IV.    FOP NEWS: Social Security Fairness Act Introduced in the House
    V.     Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter!


    I.      LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY
    Jim Pasco, Senior Advisor to the National President, represented the FOP at a law enforcement stakeholder meeting with U.S. Attorney General Jefferson B. Sessions III.

    Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Mike Martin met with staff in the office of Senators Gary C. Peters (D-MI) and Dean A. Heller (R-NV) regarding S. 322, the "Pet and Women Safety (PAWS) Act."

    Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Martin represented the FOP on the quarterly conference call of the Blue Alert Advisory Grooup.

    Legislative Liaison Martin met with staff in the office of James B. Renacci (R-OH) to discuss FOP priorities.

    Legislative Liaison Martin represented the FOP at a stakeholder meeting to discuss the implementation of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA).



    II.     THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
    The House and Senate were recess this week in observance of President's Day.


    III.       UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
    For the complete list of cosponsors for all of our top legislative priorities, or to find out if your Representative and Senators are cosponsors of specific bills, check out https://www.congress.gov/

    A.  Support H.R. 1205, the "Social Security Fairness Act"
    There are 77 cosponsors on H.R. 1205.

    B.  Support the H.R. 964/S. 424, the "Law Enforcement Officers' Equity Act"
    There is one cosponsor on H.R. 964.

    There is one cosponsor on S. 424.



    IV.      FOP NEWS: SOCIAL SECURITY FAIRNESS ACT INTRODUCED IN THE HOUSE
    Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, welcomed the introduction of H.R. 1205, the "Social Security Fairness Act." in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    "The FOP has been pushing for this repeal for many years," Canterbury said.  "We are very pleased that Representatives Davis and Schiff are again leading the charge to repeal the WEP and GPO."
                     
    The bill was introduced in the House by Representatives Rodney L. Davis (R-IL) and Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), along with more than 70 other original cosponsors.  The bill would repeal both the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and the Government Pension Offset (GPO) in current Social Security law.

    The Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) affects workers who spent some time in jobs not covered by Social Security and also worked other jobs where they paid Social Security taxes long enough to qualify for retirement benefits.  The provision has a disproportionate effect on law enforcement officers, who retire earlier than most other public employees and are more likely to begin a second career after they leave law enforcement.  Officers in this position are penalized and may have their Social Security benefit reduced by up to sixty (60%) percent.

    "The WEP substantially reduces a benefit that workers had included and counted on when planning their retirement and it substantially penalizes lower paid public employees with short careers or, like many retired law enforcement officers, those whose careers are evenly split inside and outside the Social Security system," Canterbury explained.  "This is a loss of benefits to which they are entitled, not an adjustment for a 'windfall.'"

    Like the WEP, the Government Pension Offset was adopted to shore up the finances of the Social Security trust fund.  This "offset" law reduces by two-thirds the benefit received by surviving spouses who also collect a government pension. 

    "Nine out of ten times," Canterbury said, "this so-called 'offset' completely eliminates the spousal benefit even though the covered spouse paid Social Security taxes for many years, thereby earning the right to these benefits."

    "The WEP and GPO provisions do not eliminate a windfall for workers, instead they have proved to be a windfall for the Federal government at the expense of public employees.  That?s not right and it's not fair," he said.  "Congress should repeal these inequitable provisions and pass the 'Social Security Fairness Act.'"


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  • 07 Jun 2016 8:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Due to many factors, Lodge 1 has made the decision to close down our Charitable Gambling effective April 30, 2016.  We had a great run over the years and donated to many worthy causes.  Thank you to all who played pull tabs at our booths over the years and allowed us t support the community with our donations.

  • 01 May 2016 9:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Brothers and Sisters:

    Minnesota FOP Lodge 11, Brainerds Lakes Lodge, hosted the 2016 Fraternal Order of Police State Conference at Grand View Lodge. There were 12 Lodges represented with 35 members present. Jim Huffman and I were in attendance as members of East Metro Lodge #1. This year's conference was very informative and extremely productive.

    Following the opening ceremony, the first order of business was the nomination and election for the vacant position of 2nd Vice President.  There had been NO nominations received from the membership prior to the conference.  Our current State Lodge Sgt at Arms, Pat Garcia, was nominated from the floor with a 2nd. No other nominations were presented.   This created a vacancy in his position. Karol Strey, Lodge #4 was nominated from the floor with a 2nd, to the position of Sgt at Arms.  No other nominations were presented. Both members were voted into their respective offices with a 'White Ballot'.

    President Hagen presented a review of the current financial situation between MN FOP and North Dakota FOP.  With the modest increase in State dues, the reduction of spending at the State level and the constant income from telemarketing, the debt that had been incurred by MN FOP to ND FOP has been reduced from approx. $100,000 down to approx. $42,000 in about 1 1/2 years.  Our president has been negotiating with the ND FOP president since February this year for an agreement of a one time payment to eliminate this debt.  After much discussion, ND FOP agreed to a payment of $30,500 to retire this debt, saving MN FOP almost $12,000.  The payment was made from existing cash and reserves in the State FOP accounts. NO loans were taken from any outside source. The State FOP can now focus on the financial growth of the organization.

    Attending our conference were two FOP Grand Lodge members. Pat Yoes, Natl FOP Secty, and Roger Mayberry, Natl FOP Sgt at Arms.  Brother Yoes gave a report on the recent hacking of Grand Lodge computer system and gave assurances that NO financial data had been breached.  He invited MN FOP to New Orleans for the 2017 Natl Conference.

    Brother Mayberry presented a review of lawsuits against FOP members for a variety of reasons and encouraged everyone in the occupation to participate in a Legal Defense Plan, regardless of where it is offered. There was a detailed discussion of the Michael Griffin case and importance the FOP LDP played in the representation. 

    Joe Ditsch, representing the FOP LDP firm of Fowler Ditsch, gave an overview of their activity since the last State conference. There are currently 1167 FOP members enrolled in the FOP LDP. On June 14, 2016, at 1800hrs, Mike Freeman, Hennipen County Atty, will be at Chanhassan American Legion talking about the changing Grand Jury process and how that will affect the investigation of officer involved shootings.

    The MN Natl Trustee presented a calendar of events for Natl Police Week in May.  Members of MN FOP will be attending the ceremony and providing an escort for the widow of the slain Aitkin County officer on May 15th.  Our Natl Trustee also reminded everyone of the political endorsement process that will take place in August. Each Lodge is encourage to discuss the candidates and be ready to have their respective State Trustee participate in a teleconference on the matter.

    Past President Cayo announced the results of the Jersey Mike's fundraising effort.  MN FOP Foundation will receive $40,608 this year. After discussion of possible donation recipients in the law enforcement community, it was decided to wait until a formal presentation of the check is made to MN FOP by Jersey Mike's sometime in June.

    A note from our State President that MN has not been present at the Western States conferences due to funding constraints and will not until the State budget is in a better financial position to support our participation. We still actively communicate with the Western States leadership.

    Presentations were given by Dalor Marketing on the FOP Journal, Homes for Heroes Foundation, and Backing the Blue Line.  Dalor Marketing is our current publisher for our State FOP Journal and let everyone know how important it is for the membership to provide names of possible advertisers. Homes for Heroes is a nonprofit organization designed to assist law enforcement officers in search of a new home. If you are anticipating a new purchase, this organization could save you a lot of money. Backing the Blue Line is a nonprofit comprised of wives of law enforcement officers committed to providing any support needed to other wives of officers.

    A discussion of future sites for the FOP State conference continued with Cragun's Resort and Madden's Resort each giving a brief presentation. After reviewing the costs for the resorts available, it was decided to stay at Grand View Lodge and enter into a 3 year contract.  2017 conference is scheduled for April 23-25.  All members are encouraged to check their calendars and make an effort to attend.

    The review of nominations for MN FOP Member of the Year were delayed until the July State meeting. Two written nominations were received but after the April 1st deadline

    The next FOP State Lodge meeting will be held in St. Cloud on Tuesday, July 12 and the location is TBD. 

    Now for a review of activities outside the official business meetings. The food at the lodge was fantastic and plentiful. The accommodations were great. The hospitality room was well stocked with refreshments provided by almost every Lodge in attendance and a donation of 5 cases of Mike's Hard Lemonade product from the local distributor. The opportunity to have one on one discussions with our State Lodge officers and the Grand Lodge officers was amazing. There is so much information exchanged.

    If you need any further information on the topics outlined above, please check the MN FOP State Lodge website for all officer and individual lodge reports submitted in writing.

    Fraternally,

    Fred Anderson, Past State FOP President.

     

      

     

  • 08 Feb 2016 4:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Washington Watch: Legislative Update
    For the Week of 1 February 2016
    I.         Legislative News and Activity
    II.       This Week in Congress
    III.    Update on Top Legislative Priorities
    IV.     DAY ON THE HILL 2016!!!
    V.     Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter!

        
    I.      LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY
    Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with numerous Administration officials regarding the intentional data breach by hackers of the FOP data servers.  These contacts, most on multiple occasions are:

    • Heather Childs, Chief of Staff to Deputy Attorney General Sally Quillen Yates;
    • G. Scott Hulsey, Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General; and
    • Scott Ferber, Senior Counsel to the Deputy Attorney General and prosecutor specializing in cybercrime cases.

    Executive Director Pasco spoke to numerous media outlets regarding the hack attack of the FOP databases.

    Executive Director Pasco spoke with W. Ross Ashley III, Executive Director of the National Fusion Center Association, which offered the expert help in addressing the hack attack on the FOP.

    Executive Director spoke with Brian de Vallance, former Assistant Secretary of the Office of Legislative Affairs at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, about homeland security concerns and the attack on the FOP's data servers.

    Executive Director Pasco spoke with Ronald L. Davis, Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) at the U.S. Department of Justice to discuss setting up a summit to focus on the issues and perspectives of rank-and-file officer on policing challenges.

    Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP on a conference call with M. Kendall Day and Alice W. Dery, the Chief and Deputy Chief of the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the DOJ to discuss asset forfeiture reform.

    Legislative Liaison Martin met with staff in the office of Representative H.W. "Trey" Gowdy III to discuss  S.125/H.R. 228, the “Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Reauthorization Act, ” H.R. 3537, the “Synthetic Drug Control Act," and H.R. 4229, the "Protecting Our Youth from Dangerous Synthetic Drugs Act."

    Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Marisa Beam participated in a conference call with stakeholder organizations to discuss issued related to the Public Safety Benefits program.

    Legislative Liaison Beam represented the FOP at a meeting of the Public Pension Network.

    Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Martin attended a meeting of the law enforcement groups to discuss upcoming issues in this legislative session.

    Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson and Legislative Liaison Martin represented the FOP at a reception hosted by the National District Attorneys Association.  Senator John Cornyn III (R-TX) was the keynote speaker.


    II.     THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
    Both chambers were in session this week.

    Action in the House
    The House considered and passed H.R. 3662, the "Iran Terror Finance Transparency Act," on a 246-181 vote.  The bill, which now goes to the Senate for further action, which would prohibit the President from removing certain foreign financial institutions, including an Iranian financial institution, from the lists of designated nationals and blocked persons.

    The House tried and fail to overturn the President's veto of H.R. 3762, the "Restoring Americans' Healthcare Freedom Reconciliation Act," on a 241-186 vote.

    Action in House Committees
    The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing this week entitled: "Another Surge of Illegal Immigrants Along the Southwest Border: Is this the Obama Administration’s New Normal?"

    The Committee on Homeland security held a hearing entitled: "Crisis of Confidence: Preventing Terrorist Infiltration through U.S. Refugee and Visa Programs."

    The Committee on Energy and Commerce's Subcommittee on Communications and Technology held a hearing entitled: "Status of the Public Safety Broadband Network."

    The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's Subcommittee on National Security held a hearing entitled: "Seeking Justice for Victims of Palestinian Terrorism in Israel."


    Action in the Senate
    The Senate continued consideration of S. 2012, the "Energy Policy Modernization Act."  Late Friday votes on the measure are possible.

    Action in Senate Committees
    The Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing entitled: "Attacking America's Epidemic of Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse."

    The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing entitled: ""Frontline Response to Terrorism in America."


    III.       UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
    For the complete list of cosponsors for all of our top legislative priorities, or to find out if your Representative and Senators are cosponsors of specific bills, check out http://thomas.loc.gov.

    A.  Support H.R. 973/S. 1651, the "Security Fairness Act"
    We added 1 cosponsor to H.R. 973, bringing our current total to 134.

    We have 21 cosponsors on S. 1651.


    B.  Support H.R. 2254, the "Law Enforcement Officers' Equity Act"
    We have 14 cosponsors on H.R. 2254.


    IV.  DAY ON THE HILL 2016!
    Your participation in this year's Day on the Hill is of critical importance as the 114th Congress begins its final session and the Presidential campaigns heat up. We need to make our voices heard and work hard to ensure that our issues are considered in the year ahead and by all the candidates for President. Please attend if you can; we need your participation!!!

    The FOP Day on The Hill 2016 will begin on Monday, 29 February 2016. The National Legislative Office and the National Legislative Committee will host a short briefing on our legislative agenda. The briefing will take place at 3pm on that Monday afternoon at D.C. Lodge #1 and last approximately one hour.

    Tuesday and Wednesday, 1-2 March, will be devoted to your meetings with Members from your home States and districts. These appointments should be made in advance!!! Event participants should make every effort to have their Representative or Senator attend the meeting along with the appropriate staff person.

    Accommodations for Day on the Hill Participants
    The room block is no longer available.


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    To remove your name from our mailing list, please send an email to grassroots@fop.net with REMOVE and the State in which you live, in the Subject Line
    Questions or Comments? E-mail us at grassroots@fop.net or call (202) 547 - 8189.
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  • 15 May 2015 3:41 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Washington Watch: Legislative Update
    For the Week of 11 May 2015

    I.          Legislative News and Activity
    II.         This Week in Congress
    III.       Update on Top Legislative Priorities
    IV.     FOP NEWS: President Obama Joins FOP in Salute to Fallen Heroes
    V.      FOP NEWS
    : House Passes Blue Alert!!!
    VI.     FOP NEWS: POLITICO Article: The Secret Weapon for America's Beleaguered Police
    VII.    Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter

         
    I.      LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY
    National President Canterbury presided over the 34th Annual National Peace Officers' Memorial Service.  President Barack H. Obama II was the key note speaker (see Item IV. below).

    Executive Director Jim Pasco met with Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. at a breakfast reception to discuss law enforcement issues.

    National President Canterbury and Executive Director Pasco met with the new U.S. Attorney General, Loretta E. Lynch, to discuss current events and future cooperation.

    National President Canterbury, Executive Director Pasco, Vincent Canales, President of the Maryland State Lodge, and Gene Ryan, President of Baltimore Lodge #3, met with Vanita Gupta, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Rights Division at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and her staff to discuss impending investigation of the Baltimore Police Department.

    Executive Director Pasco met with Alejandro Mayorkas, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, about current developments in law enforcement.


    Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP at a meeting hosted by the Asset Forfeiture and Money Laundering Section of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to discuss potential legislation reforming Federal asset forfeiture laws.

    Senior Legislative Liaison Richardson represented the FOP at a meeting with Senator Timothy E. Scott (R-SC) to dicuss the issue of Body Worn Cameras (BWC).


    II.     THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
    Both chambers were in session this week.

    Action in the House
    The House considered and passed S. 665, the "Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act," by voice vote.  The measure now goes to the President for his signature (See Item V. below).

    The House considered and passed several pro-law enforcement bills which the FOP supported:

    • H.R. 606, the "Don't Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act," amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude compensation received by officers and their dependents from gross income;
    • H.R. 723, the "Fallen Heroes Flag Act," which provides a Capitol-flown flag to the immediate families of law enforcement officers who are killed in the line of duty; and
    • H.R. 2146, the "Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act," allowing officers to make penalty-free withdrawals from governmental plans before the age of 50.
    These three bills will now be transmitted to the Senate for further action

    The House also considered and passed H.R. 2048, the " Uniting and Strengthening America by Fulfilling Rights and Ensuring Effective Discipline Over Monitoring (USA FREEDOM) Act," on a 338-88 vote.  The bill will now be transmitted to the Senate for further action.


    Action in the Senate
    The Senate considered and confirmed Sally Quillian Yates to be the next Deputy Attorney General of the United States on a 84-12 vote.

    The Senate continued debate on legislation entitled the "Trade Promotion Authority Act," which would revise current Federal procedures when considering and approving trade deals with other nations.

     
    III.       UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
    For the complete list of cosponsors for all of our top legislative priorities, or to find out if your Representative and Senators are cosponsors of specific bills, check out http://thomas.loc.gov.

    A.  Support H.R. 973, the "Social Security Fairness Act"
    We added 2 new cosponsors to H.R. 973, bringing our current total to 100.

    The Senate companion bill has not yet been reintroduced.

    B.  Support the "Law Enforcement Officers' Equity Act"
    This bill has not yet been introduced.

    C.  Support Legislation to Grant Statutory Arrest Authority to Civilian DoD Law Enforcement
    This bill has not yet been introduced.

    IV.     FOP NEWS: President Obama Joins FOP in Salute to Fallen Heroes: 34th Annual Memorial Service Honors Officers Sacrifice
    Today the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary will gather on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol to honor 131 law enforcement officers who gave their lives in the line of duty, including 117 of which were killed in 2014.  The National Peace Officers Memorial Service is the capstone event of National Police Week.

    Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, will host the event which will feature a keynote address by President Barack Obama and a musical tribute performed by ....

    One week each year, our nation pauses to recognize the extraordinary dedication and service of our local, State, tribal, and Federal law enforcement officers, Canterbury said. National Peace Officers Memorial Day is the day that we honor the memory of those officers who lost their lives in the line of duty and grieve with the loved ones they have left behind.  The sacrifices of these heroes and their families help all of us to make and renew our commitment to protect and serve our communities and our nation.

    During National Police Week, thousands of law enforcement officers in every region of the nation gather at memorial services to honor their fallen colleagues.  More than 20,000 officers, as well as the surviving family members and friends of slain officers, have traveled to the nation s capital to attend the 34 th Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Service, which is the nation s largest and most prominent memorial service held on behalf of fallen law enforcement officers.

    In October 1962, President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation designating May 15 th as National Peace Officers Memorial Day.  Since the signing of this proclamation, this date has been the official day of recognition for law enforcement officers who have lost their lives in the performance of their duty.  This is the 34 th year that the Fraternal Order of Police and its Auxiliary have held the National Peace Officers Memorial Service. 


    V.      FOP NEWS: HOUSE PASSES BLUE ALERT!!!
    Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, applauded news that the House passed S. 665, the "Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act." three other measures of legislation important to law enforcement, under suspension of the rules.

    "The National Blue Alert Act is a key piece of the FOP's Officer Safety Agenda," Canterbury said. "Immediately after it was favorably passed by the Senate we began working with House offices to get the bill to the floor and pass it. Today, we saw the success of that effort."

    The legislation would provide for local, regional, and national dissemination of time sensitive information that would help apprehend a suspect accused of killing, kidnapping, seriously wounding, or who may pose an imminent and credible threat to a law enforcement officer.

    "The FOP is grateful for the authors of the House companion bill, Representative David G. Reichert, a former sheriff, and Representative William J. Pascrell," said Canterbury. "The FOP is especially grateful for Senator Leahy, whose dogged efforts played a critical role in getting this bill through the Senate, ultimately leading to its passage in the House today."

    The "Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act," now goes to President Obama, who is expected to sign the bills into law.

    Three additional measures were considered and passed by the House: H.R. 723, the "Fallen Heroes Flag Act," which provides a Capitol-flown flag to the immediate families of law enforcement officers who are killed in the line of duty; H.R. 606, the "Don't Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act," amending the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to exclude compensation received by officers and their dependents from gross income; and H.R. 2146, the "Defending Public Safety Employees Retirement Act," allowing officers to make penalty-free withdrawals from governmental plans before the age of 50. These three bills will now be transmitted to the Senate for further action.


    VI.     FOP NEWS: POLITICO Article: The Secret Weapon for America's Beleaguered Police
    Read this week's POLITICO article entitled The Secret Weapon for America's Beleaguered Police here: http://www.politico.com/story/2015/05/the-secret-weapon-for-police-117779.html


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  • 15 Feb 2015 1:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     Washington Watch: Legislative Update
    For the Week of 26 January 2015

    I.               Legislative News and Activity
    II.             This Week in Congress
    III.    Update on Top Legislative Priorities
    IV.     FOP News
    : FOP Frustrated by FCC Failure on Location Accuracy Rule
    V.      DAY ON THE HILL 2015!!!
    VI.     Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter

         
    I.      LEGISLATIVE NEWS AND ACTIVITY
    Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with officials at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and key members of the Senate Committee on Appropriations about S. Amdt. 67 offered by Senator Daniel S. Sullivan (R-AK) to S 1., the "Keystone XL Pipeline Act."  The amendment, which the FOP strongly opposed, would have stripped law enforcement officers employed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of their authority to carry firearms.  The amendment was not considered and was rendered moot after cloture was invoked on the underlying bill.

    Executive Director Pasco discussed law enforcement views and concerns with the issue of Internet gaming with officials at the DOJ.

    Executive Director Pasco responded to numerous media inquiries with respect to the activities of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing and the officer safety implications of the application Waze.

    Jay McDonald, President of the Ohio State Lodge, and Kathy Harrell, President of the Queen City Lodge #69, gave testimony to the "Policy and Oversight" Listening Session of the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing on " Use of Force Investigations and Oversight" and "Law Enforcement Culture and Diversity," respectively.  You can read their testimonies here: http://www.fop.net/legislative/testimony/index.shtml

    Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Marie Carchedi participated in a conference call with other law enforcement and stakeholder groups regarding legislation to combat human trafficking.


    II.     THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS
    Both the House and the Senate were in session this week, although the House went into recess on Wednesday afternoon to allow for the annual Democratic retreat.

    Action in the House
    The House considered and passed H.R. 246 on a 411-0 vote.  The bill, which goes to the Senate for further consideration, amends the Missing and Exploited Children Act to expand the definition of "child prostitution" to include trafficking and exploitation.

    The House considered and passed H.R. 469, the "Strengthening Child Welfare Response to Trafficking Act," on a 410-0 vote.  The bill, which now goes to th Senate for further action, expands the eligibility of certain grant programs under the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act.


    Action in the Senate
    The Senate considered a number of amendments to S. 1, the "Keystone XL Pipeline Act," and then passed that legislation on a 62-36 vote.  The bill will now go to the House or a conference committee for further action.

    Action in Senate Committees
    The Committee on the Judiciary  held two hearings on the nomination of U.S. Attorney Loretta E. Lynch to be the next Attorney General of the United States.


    III.       UPDATE ON TOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES
    For the complete list of cosponsors for all of our top legislative priorities, or to find out if your Representative and Senators are cosponsors of specific bills, check out http://thomas.loc.gov.

    A.  Support the "Law Enforcement Officers' Equity Act"
    This bill has not yet been introduced.

    B.  Support the "Social Security Fairness Act"
    This bill has not yet been introduced.

    C.  Support Legislation to Grant Statutory Arrest Authority to Civilian DoD Law Enforcement
    This bill has not yet been introduced.


    IV.     FOP NEWS : FOP Frustrated by FCC Failure on Location Accuracy Rule
    Chuck Canterbury, National President of the Fraternal Order of Police, expressed frustration with news that the final rule adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) failed to require cellular telephone companies to improve indoor wireless location accuracy.

    The technology exists and its use would have greatly improved the ability of law enforcement and other public safety officers to locate cell calls made indoors, Canterbury explained.  The blended indoor-outdoor standard that appears in the final rule is a huge loophole for the carriers.

    While the text of the final rule is not yet available, information from the FCC indicates that it lacks a provision the FOP supported that would have required location accuracy requirements on cellular calls to within fifty meters horizontally and three meters vertically.  This requirement is of particular importance in urban areas with large numbers of multistory buildings.

    The location accuracy requirements would have reduced response times to emergency calls and  increased the safety of law enforcement and other public safety officers executing searches in hazardous environments, Canterbury said.  The FCC really missed the mark here and did public safety a grave disservice.


    V.  FOP NEWS: DAY ON THE HILL 2015!!!
    Your participation in this year's Day on the Hill is of critical importance as our profession is in crisis.  The FOP is ready to wage an intense campaign to get the attention of the Administration and Congress and to focus their attention on OUR issues and OUR safety.  We need you to help make sure our voice is heard!

    WE NEED YOUR PARTICIPATION AT DAY ON THE HILL!!!

    The FOP Day on The Hill 2015 will begin on Monday, 9 February 2015. The National Legislative Office and the National Legislative Committee will host a short briefing on our legislative agenda. The briefing will take place at 3pm on Monday afternoon at D.C. Lodge #1 and last approximately one hour.

    Tuesday and Wednesday, 10-11 February, will be devoted to your meetings with Members from your home States and districts. These appointments should be made in advance!!! Event participants should make every effort to have their Representative or Senator attend the meeting along with the appropriate staff person.

    The information material that will be distributed to all Day on the Hill attendees can be found here: http://www.fop.net/legislative/index.shtml


    VI.     Follow the FOP National Legislative Office on Twitter!
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  • 22 Dec 2014 12:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

     

    Minnesota Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 1 recognized for community engagement, collaborative partnerships and charitable giving

    The CC265 Conference Room occupies one of the busiest corners on the Inver Hills Community College campus. Located next to Student Services in the College Center, the conference room is an important gathering place for students. On Dec. 2, 2014, CC265 was renamed the Fraternal Order of Police Minnesota Lodge 1 Conference Room to recognize the organization’s community involvement and charitable works.

    Tim Wynes, J.D., IHCC president, spoke at the naming ceremony, welcoming Mike Norstrem, FOP president, Patrick Sloan, FOP 1st vice president, Randy Dalbec, FOP treasurer, and Dan Athmann, an instructor in the college’s Law Enforcement program. Sloan and Dalbec are also IHCC alumni. Wynes thanked Minnesota FOP Lodge 1 on behalf of Inver Hills staff, faculty, students and the IHCC Foundation Board of Directors as well as the community members the college serves.

    About Minnesota FOP Lodge 1

    With more than 200 members, MN FOP Lodge 1 is a 501c(8) nonprofit organization. The FOP is the largest law enforcement organization in the country, perhaps the world, with over 300,000 members. The FOP started in Minnesota in 1991 with Lodge 1 and a few members and has grown to over 2,600 active members in 24 local lodges. The mission of the FOP in Minnesota is to encourage fraternal, educational, charitable, and social activities among law enforcement officers and cultivate a spirit of fraternalism with mutual helpfulness among Members and the people we serve. (read more…)

    Courtesy of the MN FOP Lodge 1 website

    Wynes spotlighted the collaborative work FOP MN Lodge 1 has accomplished with numerous community partners, including school programs, food shelves and the Boy Scouts. Through the partnership with Inver Hills, FOP MN Lodge 1 has donated $90,000 in pledges and gifts to support scholarship and tuition assistance programs for students pursuing A.S. degrees in Law Enforcement, Criminal Justice and Emergency Medical Services.

    “The impact of this support is incredible,” Wynes said. “Inver Hills scholarship recipients are among the best and brightest scholars in our student community. We are proud to name the College Center 265 Conference Room the Fraternal Order of Police Minnesota Lodge 1 Conference Room. The contributions of FOP Lodge 1 will inspire students, faculty and staff for years to come.”

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