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FOP Update - June 24, 2022

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L I S T E N T O E P I S O D ECLICK TO SUBSCRIBENational President Patrick Yoes worked out of the National FOPHeadquarters in Nashville, Tennessee.On this week's episode of the Blue View, National President Patrick Yoes satdown with Rick Inglima, Immediate Past President of the Missouri State FOPLodge and a sergeant with the Lee’s Summit Police Department, and KevinAhlbrand, Missouri State FOP National Trustee and a sergeant with the St.Louis Police Department, to discuss an initiative that fosters a partnershipwith the communities and those sworn to protect and serve. National President Patrick Yoes attended the Tennessee State FOPConference hosted in Franklin, Tennessee.National President Patrick Yoes attended the Kansas State FOP Conferencein Overland Park, Kansas.

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National President Patrick Yoes gave numerous media interviews regardinglaw enforcement line-of-duty deaths and the increase of violence towards lawenforcement officers across the country. Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with U.S. Homeland Security SecretaryAlejandro N. Mayorkas regarding the possibility of joining NationalPresident Patrick Yoes on a future episode of the Blue View podcast.National President Patrick Yoes attended an Executive Session viateleconference with the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund(NLEOMF).Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Marvin Richardson, Deputy Directorof the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), regardinghow the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN) can bestassist law enforcement in combatting gun violence. Executive Director Jim Pasco spokewith U.S. Associate Attorney GeneralVanita Gupta regarding grant fundingfrom the U.S. Department of Justice(DOJ) and management in the Officeof Community Oriented PolicingServices (COPS).

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Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson participated in a stakeholderconference call with Senator Charles E. Grassley’s (R-IA) JudiciaryCommittee staff to discuss S. 3635, the “Public Safety Officer Support Act.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson participated in a stakeholderconference call with staff in the offices of Senators L. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and John Cornyn III (R-TX) to discuss S. 3635, the “Public Safety OfficerSupport Act.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP at astakeholder meeting with minority staff on the House Committee on theJudiciary to discuss pending legislation.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson participated in a stakeholderconference call led by Senator John Cornyn III’s Judiciary Committee staff,as well as numerous other Senate staff, to discuss the release of the draft billtext of the “Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,” which was passed by theSenate this week.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with numerous reporters regardingfirearm-related legislation.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with numerous Republican and DemocratMembers of Congress and their staffs regarding S. 2938, the "BipartisanSafer Communities Act" and other firearms-related legislation.

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New York State Rifle & Pistol Association v. Bruen held that it isunconstitutional to require individuals to show “proper cause” to beissued a license to carry a concealed firearm outside their home. The 6-3opinion was written by Justice Clarence Thomas.The Supreme Court of the United States issued two rulings this week whichmay impact our members:THE U.S. SUPREME COURTVega v. Tekoh held that a violation of the Miranda rules does not give acause of action under 42 USC 1983 against a governmental official forviolating a person’s Constitutional civil rights. The 6-3 opinion waswritten by Justice Samuel A. Alito, Jr.READ THE OPINIONREAD THE OPINION

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THE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESThe House failed to advance the FOP-supported H.R. 6538, the “ActiveShooter Alert Act” on a 259-162 vote. Despite an overwhelming majority, thebill failed to garner the two-thirds majority required to pass a bill under asuspension of the rules. This bill would establish and administer an ActiveShooter Alert Communications Network, and we expect it will be reconsideredunder a rule following the Congressional recess. Department of Justice (DOJ) – The bill funds the DOJ at $38.1 billion, anincrease of $3.3 billion above the FY 2022 discretionary enacted level;Byrne Justice Assistance Grants (Byrne-JAG) and Community OrientedPolicing Services (COPS) Hiring grants are funded at $716.9 million and$277.4 million, increases of $42.4 million and $31.4 million, respectively.The House Committee on Appropriations released the proposed bill text forthe Fiscal Year 2023 Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related AgenciesFunding Bill. This bill includes:The House Committee on Armed Services completed consideration of theH.R. 7900, the "National Defense Authorization (NDAA) Act." This includes anFOP-supported amendment that would direct the U.S. Department of Defense(DoD) to provide standardized credentials to Department law enforcementofficers at no cost.

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THE UNITED STATES SENATEEnhanced background checks for 18-21 year-old purchasers;Federal assistance setting up red flag laws;Federal mental health funding;Increased penalties on "straw purchasers" and on gun trafficking;Additional requirements to obtain a Federal firearms license to sellfirearms; andCloses the "boyfriend-loophole" related to victims of domestic abuse.S. 2938, the "Bipartisan Safer Communities Act" passed the Senate on a 63-33 vote. This FOP-supported bill also passed the House and will now be sentto the President's desk. This bill includes the following provisions:The Senate Committee on Finance favorably reported the "EnhancingAmerican Retirement Now (EARN) Act, which included S. 4312, the "Policeand Fire Health Care Protection Act." This FOP-supported bill would eliminatethe requirement that payments be made directly to providers of accident,health plans, or qualified long-term care insurance contracts as a condition ofeligibility for the tax exclusion of distributions from tax-exempt retirementplans for such health and long-term care insurance.

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COSPONSORS78281203H.R. 82The “Law Enforcement Officers’ Equity Act" would expand the definition of "lawenforcement officer" for salary and retirement benefits to include all Federal lawenforcement officers.The “Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act” would recognize theright of law enforcement and other public safety officers to bargain collectivelywith their employers.COSPONSORS103222H.R. 3225COSPONSORS143S. 1888NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATECOSPONSORS2510277H.R. 962COSPONSORS44036S. 1302The “Social Security Fairness Act” would repeal both the "Windfall EliminationProvision" and the "Government Pension Offset" in current Social Security law.+2 NEW

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The "LEOSA Reform Act" would amend the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act(LEOSA), exempts qualified active and retired law enforcement officers fromlocal and State prohibitions on the carriage of concealed firearms, to ensure thatthese officers are able to carry in the same venues as civilian concealed carrypermit holders in areas like schools and national parks, as well as use publictransportation and extends the exemption to magazine capacity and would allowactive and retired law enforcement officers to access services at U.S. postoffices, Social Security Administration offices or Veterans Affairs facilities.COSPONSORS220S. 1610COSPONSORS58591H.R. 1210The "Protect and Serve Act" would make it a Federal crime to target a lawenforcement officer with an assault that results in seriously bodily harm or death.COSPONSORS23230S. 774COSPONSORS80877H.R. 3079MORE RESOURCES ON OUR LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESFULL LIST OF LEGISLATION SUPPORTED BY THE FOP+1 NEW

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Featuring Deputy Sheriff James CraigmyleAn important member of the lawenforcement family, often undervalued,is a K9 partner. These partners assist lawenforcement in numerous ways includingnarcotic operations, inspecting vehicles,collecting evidence, assisting in missingperson cases, and rescue... MORETHE K9 PARTNERSUBSCRIBETHE BLUE VIEW PODCASTNational President Patrick Yoes sits down with guests todiscuss the issues and current events surrounding the lawenforcement community. Each week you'll hear from lawenforcement experts, elected officials, and notable leaders!Featuring Rick Inglima and Kevin AhlbrandThe quality of life in every community isdirectly related to the trust andcooperation in the services provided.Each is a spoke in a wheel that functionsbest when all services are connected andthe public alike. These partnershipscannot be over invested... MOREFOSTERING PARTNERSHIPS WITH THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE

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FOP's 2022 Congressional CandidateQuestionnaireThe following model questionnaire has beenprepared by the Government and Media AffairsCenter and is being provided to all State andlocal Lodges to aid them in evaluating... MoreFOP and IACP Announce Support for the“Bipartisan Safer Communities Act”The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and theInternational Association of Chiefs of Police(IACP) announced their joint support for the“Bipartisan Safer Communities Act,”... MoreHouse passes landmark gun legislation,sending it to Biden to sign into law [NBC News]FOP Supports Amendment to the“Enhancing American Retirement Now(EARN) Act.”I am writing on behalf of the members of theFraternal Order of Police to advise you of oursupport for the inclusion of an... MorePresident Joe Biden has said he will sign thebill, the most sweeping gun legislation indecades, and is glad Congress is “finally doingsomething"... More

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House bill creating active shooter alertsystem doesn't pass [Fox News]The House of Representatives failed to approvea bill that would establish an Active ShooterAlert Communications Network, whereby thefederal government would work with... MoreSupreme Court sides with inmate whowants to die by firing squad [CNN]The Supreme Court on Thursday ruled in favorof a death row inmate in Georgia who ischallenging the state's lethal injection protocoland seeks to die by firing squad -- a method notcurrently authorized in the state... MoreAs we have over the last two years, we continueto hear from our constituents who are extremelyconcerned about the rising level of crime in thecountry, and about the... More30 House Democrats press leadership toboost police funding [Punchbowl News]What states have concealed carry laws?[The Hill]The Supreme Court struck down a New York lawThursday that made it difficult to obtain apermit to carry a handgun outside the home,marking a major expansion of SecondAmendment rights... More

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SOCIAL SECURITYThis is About Fairness! UrgeCongress to Pass the "SocialSecurity Fairness Act"TAKE ACTIONFEDERAL OFFICERSSupport Our Federal Officers byPassing the "Law EnforcementOfficers' Equity Act"TAKE ACTIONLEOSA REFORMSupport Active and Retired LawEnforcement Officers by Passingthe "LEOSA Reform Act"TAKE ACTIONPROTECT AND SERVEUrge Congress to Protect OurPolice Officers and Pass the"Protect and Serve Act"TAKE ACTIONHELPER ACTSupport Law Enforcement! Tell Congress to Pass H.R. 3172/S. 2981TAKE ACTIONCOLLECTIVE BARGAININGWe Must Fight for the Right toBargain Collectively! UrgeCongress to Pass H.R. 3225TAKE ACTION

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Been Exposed?Are You Sick?VIEW A STATE-BY-STATE BREAKDOWNCOVID-19 Information for Law EnforcementProtecting Public Safety and HealthFRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEW W W .FOPCOVID19.ORGOFFICERS HAVE DIED DUE TO COVID-19AS OF 24 JUNE 2022READ MORE READ MOREREAD MOREAs COVID cases have declined and restrictions have been eased, there havebeen fewer newsworthy developments regarding the state of the pandemicand available resources germane to law enforcement. For this reason, thiswebsite will no longer be updated on a regular basis, but we will certainlyprovide any new and relevant information as it becomes available.JUNE 24

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LEARN MORE LEARN MORELEARN MORELEARN MOREOn the Blue View, a weekly podcastpresented by the National FraternalOrder of Police, you'll hear from lawenforcement experts, electedofficials, and other notable leadersto gain insight into the issues andcurrent events surrounding the lawenforcement community. The Collaborative Reform InitiativeTechnical Assistance Center (CRI-TAC) provides no cost, customizedtechnical assistance solutionsdesigned to meet the uniqueneeds of state, local, tribal, &campus law enforcement agenciesthroughout the United States.The COPS Office awards grants tohire community policingprofessionals, develop and testinnovative policing strategies, andprovide training and technicalassistance to community members,local government leaders, and alllevels of law enforcement. The Office of Justice Programs (OJP)provides innovative leadership toFederal, state, local, and tribal justicesystems, by disseminating state-of-theart knowledge and practices, andproviding grants for theimplementation of these crimefighting strategies.

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DONATEClick HereDONATEClick HereCAN YOU CHIP IN $5?The Fraternal Order of Police is committed to improving the workingconditions of law enforcement officers and the safety of those we servethrough education, legislation, information, community involvement, andemployee representation. The National FOP PAC is the power behind our organization's punch onCapitol Hill, representing its members in the most effective way possible.Our challenge to you is to have each and every FOP member in yourdepartment, lodge, and State commit $5.00 a month to the NFOP PAC.Please contact the National Legislative Office to learn about the variousways you can contribute to the NFOP PAC.

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TIM RICHARDSONSenior Legislative Liaison JIM PASCOExecutive DirectorMARK MCDONALDLegislative Liaison DAVID TABOHLegislative Liaison MATT BROWNLegislative Liaison