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@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICENational President Patrick Yoes participated in a law enforcement and communitycall regarding the recent shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, hosted by the U.S.Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the U.S.Department of Homeland Security (DHS).National President Patrick Yoes participated in a DHS Advisory Council Meetingteleconference.National President Patrick Yoes, Executive Director Jim Pasco, and SeniorLegislative Liaison Tim Richardson met with Ken Spencer, Chairman of the U.S.Park Police Labor Committee (USPPLC), and Gary Gallant, USPPLC GovernmentAffairs Counsel.National President Patrick Yoes worked out of the National Legislative Office inWashington, D.C. this week.LEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITY
@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYOn the most recent episode of the Blue View Podcast, National President PatrickYoes sat down with the National FOP’s General Counsel, Larry James to discuss themyths and the facts about qualified immunity.LISTEN TO EPISODE CLICK TO SUBSCRIBENational President Patrick Yoes gave various media interviews regarding lawenforcement challenges on the horizon, the recruitment and retention crisis, and theNational FOP's data showing a rise in the number of officers shot in the line of duty.National President Patrick Yoes participated in multiple rounds of interviews withpotential candidates for the CEO position of the National Law Enforcement OfficersMemorial Fund.
@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYExecutive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Vanita Gupta, Associate U.S. AttorneyGeneral, regarding our concerns with the implementation of the Public SafetyOfficer Support Act (PSOA), which recognizes suicides and attempted suicides asservice-connected and allows disabled officers and survivor families to submit adeath or disability claim to the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson represented the FOP on a conference callon which officials with the U.S. Departments of Justice (DOJ) and HomelandSecurity (DHS) provided a briefing on the recent racially-motivated shooting inJacksonville, Florida.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaisons Mark McDonald,Asa Render, and David Taboh met with Anna Kuntz, Director of Partner Engagementin the Office for State and Local Law Enforcement at the DHS to talk about mutualpriorities and areas of cooperation on a wide range of law enforcement and officerwellness issues.Executive Director Jim Pasco spoke with Heather J. Fong, Senior Counselor to theSecretary for Law Enforcement and the Assistant Secretary for State and Local LawEnforcement in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to discuss visa issues.
@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICELEGISLATIVE NEWS & ACTIVITYSenior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison Asa Renderspoke with staff in the office of Representative Michael T. Levin (D-CA) to discussH.R. 2770, the “Prevent Family Fire Act,” which would incentivize a wider use ofsafe storage devices for firearms using tax credits for retailers.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson and Legislative Liaison David Tabohspoke with staff in the office of Representative C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-MD)to discuss draft legislation that would create a loan forgiveness program forgraduates of Historically Black Colleges and Universities who become lawenforcement officers.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson met with staff in the office ofRepresentative Russell W. Fry (R-SC) to discuss H.R. 743, the “Protect and ServeAct.”Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson spoke with Council on Criminal Justicestaff about existing data collection programs and ways to encourage participationat the agency level.Senior Legislative Liaison Tim Richardson participated in a conference call withstaff from the Government Accountability Office to discuss the ways the FOPassists disabled officers and survivors making death or disability claims throughthe Public Safety Officers’ Benefits program.
@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEThe Biden Administration announced more than $450 million in new funding tocombat drug overdoses.THIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONTHE WHITE HOUSEThis week, the U.S. Department of Justice has submitted a notice of proposedrulemaking (NPRM) entitled “Definition of ‘Engaged in the Business’ as a Dealer inFirearms” to the Federal Register. The NPRM would amend the Bureau of Alcohol,Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) regulations to conform with the BipartisanSafer Communities Act, which changed the definition of when a person isconsidered to be “engaged in the business” to cover all persons who devote time,attention and labor to dealing in firearms as a regular course of trade or business to“predominately earn a profit” through the repetitive purchase and sale of firearms.The proposed rule clarifies what it means for a person to be “engaged in thebusiness” of dealing in firearms, and to have the intent to “predominantly earn aprofit” from the sale or disposition of firearms. There is a 90-day comment periodon the proposed rule.The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services wrote Drug EnforcementAgency (DEA) Administrator Anne Milgram calling for marijuana to be reclassifiedas a Schedule III drug under the Controlled Substances Act. The DEA has initiated areview of the drug.
@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONTHE U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVESThe House was in recess this week.
@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICETHIS WEEK IN WASHINGTONTHE UNITED STATES SENATEThe Senate was in recess this week.
SOCIAL SECURITY FAIRNESS ACTTOP LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIESLAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS’ EQUITY ACTCOLLECTIVE BARGAINING RIGHTSH.R. 132265 COSPONSORSR: 16 D: 49H.R. 82289 COSPONSORSR: 90 D: 199S. 59744 COSPONSORSR: 5 D: 39@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEH.R. 354PROTECT AND SERVE ACTNOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATEH.R. 74378 COSPONSORSR: 67 D: 1133 COSPONSORSR: 33 D: 0LEOSA REFORM ACTHELPER ACTH.R. 317071 COSPONSORSR: 22 D: 49S. 15149 COSPONSORSR: 1 D: 8MORE RESOURCES BILLS SUPPORTEDS. 14622 COSPONSORSR: 2 D: 0H.R. 353932 COSPONSORSR: 7 D: 25NOT YET INTRODUCED IN THE SENATES. 16581 COSPONSORSR: 1 D: 0
@GLFOP @FOPNATIONALNATIONAL FRATERNAL ORDER OF POLICEFOP NEWSROOMIdalia, now a post-tropical cyclone, is moving farther away from NorthCarolina’s coast after unleashing heavy rains and powerful windsacross the Southeast this week and leaving parts of Florida’s...‘This is a life-changing event’: Floridians start anarduous recovery after disastrous Idalia [CNN]Multiple juveniles were arrested Sunday after police responded toreports of large fights outside two movie theaters.New video shows police trying to fight off dozens ofteens during Sunday brawl [Boston.com]Two correctional officers at the South Dakota State Penitentiary wereattacked by two inmates Thursday morning, according to the AttorneyGeneral’s office.Correctional officers attacked at State Penitentiary[KELO]A Chicago television news crew reporting on a string of robberiesended up robbed themselves after they were accosted at gunpoint bythree armed men wearing ski masks.Chicago TV news crew robbed at gunpoint whilereporting on a string of robberies [Police1]Justice Department Proposes New Regulation toUpdate Definition of “Engaged in the Business” as aFirearms Dealer
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