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115th US Congress Update January 2018

NEW BILLS of INTEREST
 
HR 4846 Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act
This bill would provide collective bargaining for Public Safety employees.
Intro: 1/19/2018 Rep. Kildee (MI-5) Status: Education and Workforce
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Duncan (TN-2)
 
S 2340 Federal Labor-Management Partnership Act
This bill would establish the Federal Labor-Management Partnership Council.
Intro: 1/25/2018 Sen. Schatz (HI) Status: Homeland Security
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
 
New Firearm Bills
 
House
 
HR 4896         Change to minimum firearms training for qualified concealed carry  
 
 
Senate
None
 
 
BILL UPDATES (Changes in Red)
 
Labor
 
HR 509 ATF Elimination Act
This bill would disband the ATF
Intro: 1/12/2017 Rep. Sensenbrenner (WI-5) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
S 545 National Right to Work Act
This bill would create a national Right to Work law
Intro: 3/7/2017 Sen. Paul (KY) Status: Health Ed & Labor
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Sponsor Paul, Cochran (MS), Cotton (AR), Perdue (GA), Scott (SC), Tillis (NC), Wicker (MS), Graham (SC), Boozman (AR), Strange (AL)
 
S 573 National Criminal Justice Commission
This bill would establish the National Criminal Justice Commission.
Intro: 3/8/2017 Sen. Peters (MI) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Graham (SC), Cochran (MS), Capito (WV), Warner (VA), Kaine (VA)
 
S 585 Whistleblower Protection
This bill would provide whistleblower protection for “probationary” Federal employees
Intro: 3/8/2017 Sen. Johnson (WI) Status: PASSED – Public Law 115-73
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
HR 2629 Appropriate designation of collective bargaining units.
This bill amends the National Labor Relations Act to provide for appropriate designation of collective bargaining units.
Intro: 5/24/2017 Rep. Rooney (FL-19) Status: Education & Workforce
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Byrne (AL-1), Roe (TN-1), Ferguson (GA-3)
 
HR 2723 Right to Select Labor Organization
This bill claims to provide protections for workers with respect to their right to select or refrain from selecting representation by a labor organization.
Intro: 5/25/2017 Rep. Roe (TN-1) Status: Education & Workforce
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Sponsor Roe (TN-1), Duncan (SC-3), Woodall (GA-7), Hudson (NC-8), Wilson (SC-2), Allen (GA-12), Pittenger (NC-9), Meadows (NC-11), Guthrie (KY-2), Goodlatte (VA-6), Budd (NC-13), Fleischmann (TN-3), Brat (VA-7), Palmer (AL-6), Loudemilk (GA-11), Blackburn (TN-7), Ferguson (GA-3), Roby (AL-2), Rouzer (NC-7), Byrne (AL-1), Black (TN-6), DesJariais (TN-4), Kustoff (TN-8), Crawford (AR-1), Carter (GA-1), Abraham (LA-5), Brooks (AL-5), Walker (NC-6), Rogers (AL-3), Graves (GA-14), Johnson (LA-4), Hice (GA-10), Barr (KY-6), Kelly (MS-1), Rice (SC-7), Garrett (VA-5), Comstock (VA-10), Graves (LA-6), Holding (NC-2), Norman (SC-5), Westerman (AR-4), Higgins (LA-3), Wittman (VA-1), Collins (GA-9), Palazzo (MS-4), Harper (MS-3), Womack (AR-3), Comer (KY-1), Handel (GA-6), Scott (GA-8), Sanford (SC-1), Griffith (VA-9), McHenry (NC-10), Gowdy (SC-4), Hill (AR-2)
 
S 1217 Appropriate designation of collective bargaining units.
This bill amends the National Labor Relations Act to provide for appropriate designation of collective bargaining units.
Intro: 5/24/2017 Sen. Isakson (GA) Status: Health Education Labor Pensions
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Lamar (TN), Corker (TN), McConnell (KY), Perdue (GA), Scott (SC), Wicker (MS), Boozman (AR), Graham (SC)
 
HR 3827 Protecting Workers and Improve Labor Standards Act
This bill would repeal the authority under the National Labor Relations Act for States to enact laws prohibiting agreements requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment, and for other purposes.
Intro: 9/25/2017 Rep. Sherman (CA-30) Status: Education/Workforce
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Johnson (GA-4)
Republicans: none
 
S 1774 Employee Rights Act
This bill would provide protections for workers with respect to their right to select or refrain from selecting representation by a labor organization.
Intro: 9/7/2017 Sen. Hatch (UT) Status: Labor
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Alexander (TN), Scott (TN), Shelby (AL), Perdue (GA), Isakson (GA), Wicker (MS), Cotton (AR), Boozman (AR), Strange (AL), Rand (KY), Cochran (MS)
 
S 1838 Protecting workers and Improving Labor Standards Act
This bill would repeal the authority under the National Labor Relations Act for States to enact laws prohibiting agreements requiring membership in a labor organization as a condition of employment, and for other purposes.
Intro: 9/19/2017 Sen. Warren (MA) Status: Labor
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
S 2069 Protecting Workers' Freedom to Organize Act
This bill would amend the National Labor Relations Act to clarify the requirements for meeting the definition of the term “employee.”
Intro: 11/2/2017 Sen. Brown (OH) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
Work Conditions
 
HR 47 Kalief’s Law
This bill would require officer training on handling of youth (<21) and other issues
Intro: 1/3/2017 Rep. Lee (TX-18) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Cohen (TN-9)
Republicans: none
 
HR 158 Corey Jones Act
This bill would prohibit vehicle stops by plainclothes officers
Intro: 1/3/2017 Rep. Hastings (FL-20) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Thompson (MS-2), Johnson (GA-4)
Republicans: none
 
HR 514 HELD Act
This bill would prohibit state or local restrictions on law enforcement immigration enforcement.
Intro: 1/13/2017 Rep. Calvert (CA-42) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Brooks (AL-5)
 
HR 1039 Probation Officer Protection Act (S367)
This bill would give probation officers power of arrest
Intro: 2/14/2017 Rep. Reichert (WA-8) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
HR 1213 “Laquan McDonald” Camera Act
This bill would require agency policy for camera use
Intro: 2/21/2017 Rep. Rush (Il-1) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
S 367 Probation Officer Protection Act (H1039)
This bill would give probation officers power of arrest
Intro: 2/14/2017 Sen. Hatch (UT) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Tillis (NC)
 
 
S 411 ERRPA (Eliminate Religious Racial Profiling Act)
This bill would prohibit racial and religious profiling
Intro: 2/16/2017 Sen. Cardin (MD) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Kaine (VA)
Republicans: none
 
HR 1446 No State Resources for Immigration Enforcement
This bill would prohibit State and local officers and employees from performing immigration officer functions.
Intro: 3/9/2017 Rep. Velazquez (NY-7) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
HR 1498 End Racial Profiling
This bill would prohibit racial profiling
Intro: 3/10/2017 Rep. Conyers (MI-13) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Beyer (VA-8), Bishop (GA-2), Cohen (TN-9), Johnson (GA-4), Lewis (GA-5), Richmond (LA-2), Scott (VA-3), Sewell (AL-7), Thompson (MS-2), Scott (GA-13), Price (NC-4)
Republicans: none
 
HR 1556 Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement
This bill would put certain limitations on the transfer of personal property to Federal and State agencies.
Intro: 3/16/2017 Rep. Johnson (GA-4) Status: Armed Services
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Sponsor Johnson, Scott (VA-3), Cohen (TN-9), Scott (GA-13),Lewis (GA-5)
Republicans: none
 
HR 1607 National Criminal Justice Commission
This bill would establish the National Criminal Justice Commission.
Intro: 3/17/2017 Rep. Deutch (FL-22) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
S 748 Anti-profiling bill
This bill would protect citizens from unlawful profiling, arrest and detention
Intro: 3/28/2017 Sen. Menendez (NJ) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
HR 1886 National Criminal Justice Commission Act of 2017
This bill would establish a National Criminal Justice Commission
Intro: 4/4/2017 Rep. Deutch (FL-22) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Cohen (TN-9)
Republicans: none
 
HR 2073 Amend section 287 of the Immigration and Nationality Act
This bill prohibit ICE officers from displaying POLICE on attire
Intro: 4/6/2017 Rep. Velazquez (NY-7) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
S 814 Police Training and Independent Review Act of 2017
This bill would require officer sensitivity training and independent investigation of deadly force use.
Intro: 4/4/2017 Rep. Duckworth (IL) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
HR 2437 Back the Blue Act of 2017
This bill enhances penalties for conviction of assault on Law Officer
Intro: 5/16/2017 Rep. Poe (TX-2) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Graves (LA-6)
 
HR 2676 Reporting Use of Force to Attorney General
This bill would require states to report officer use of force to USAG
Intro: 5/25/2017 Rep. Castro (TX-20) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Johnson (GA-4), Cohen (TN-9)
Republicans: none
 
S 1085 Thin Blue Line Act
This bill enhances penalties for conviction of assault on Law Officer
Intro: 5/10/2017 Sen. Toomey (PA) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Capito (WV), Cotton (AR), Kennedy (LA), Perdue (GA), Tillis (NC)
 
S 1258 Reporting Use of Force to Attorney General
This bill would require states to report officer use of force to USAG
Intro: 5/25/2017 Sen. Booker (NJ) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
S 1610 Reporting of Lethal Force
This bill would require reporting of all use of lethal force.
Intro: 7/20/2017 Sen. Scott (SC) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Sponsor Scott (SC)
 
HR 3799 Oversight From Justice
This bill direct the Justice Department to pursue civil actions to eliminate patterns or practices of civil rights violations by police, and for other purposes
Intro: 9/14/2017 Rep. Waters (CA-43) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Cohen (TN-9), Scott (VA-3)
Republicans: none
 
HR 3811 National Center for Right to Counsel
This bill establish the National Center for the Right to Counsel
Intro: 9/21/2017 Rep. Deutch (FL-22) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Johnson (GA-4), Cohen (TN-9)
Republicans: none
 
S 1856 Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement
This bill would prevent the militarization of Federal, State, and local law enforcement by Federal excess property transfers and grant programs.
Intro: 9/25/2017 Sen. Paul (KY) Status: Armed Services
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
HR 3944 Police Camera Act
This bill would provide grant for camera purchase and requirements for data storage.
Intro: 10/4/2017 Rep. Cohen (TN-9) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Sponsor Cohen,
Republicans: none
 
S 1918 Police Camera Act
This bill would provide grant for camera purchase and requirements for data storage.
Intro: 10/4/2017 Sen. Schatz (HI) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Paul (KY),
 
HR 4331 Police Accountability Act of 2017
This bill would provide a penalty for assault or homicide committed by certain State or local law enforcement officers, and for other purposes.
Intro: 11/9/2017 Rep. Johnson (GA-4) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Sponsor Johnson (GA-4)
Republicans: none
 
Benefits
 
HR 99 Honor Fallen TSA
This bill would provide officer federal death benefits to TSA
Intro: 1/3/2017 Rep. Brownley (CA-26) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Thompson (MS-2)
Republicans: none
 
HR 139 Protecting Employees from Municipal Bankruptcies
This bill would protect municipal employee’s retirement benefits from employer bankruptcy
Intro: 1/3/2017 Rep. Conyers (MI-13) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Cohen (TN-9), Johnson (GA-4)
Republicans: none
 
HR 320 Delay Mandatory Retirement US Capitol Police
This bill would give US Capitol Police the option to delay retirement.
Intro: 1/5/2017 Rep. Capuano (MA-7) Status: Oversight & Government Reform
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
HR 964 Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act
This bill would bring enforcement officers from several federal agencies under Law Enforcement Retirement 
Intro: 2/7/2017 Rep. King (NY-2) Status: Government Reform
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Connolly (VA-11), Cohen (TN-9)
Republicans: Norman (SC-5)
HR 1124 State/Local Pensions Accountability and Security Act
This bill would prevent the Federal government from bailing out any insolvent state/local retirement program
Intro: 2/16/2017 Rep. Babin (TX-36) Status: Education & Workforce
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Roe (TN-1), Hice (GA-10), Norman (SC-5), Westerman (AR-4)
 
HR 1620 Grandparent-Grandchild Medical Leave Act
This bill would Amend the FMLA to include Grandparent/children.
Intro: 3/17/2017 Rep. Ruiz (CA-36) Status: Education & Workforce
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
S 597 Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act
This bill would increase Federal Pell Grants for the children of fallen public safety officers.
Intro: 3/9/2017 Sen. Casey (PA) Status: Health Ed & Labor
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
HR 1892 Honoring Hometown Heroes Act
This bill would require flag flown half-staff for first responder line-of-duty death
Intro: 4/4/2017 Rep. Larson (CT-1) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Cohen (TN-9)
Republicans: none
 
HR 2228 LEO Mental Health & Wellness Act
This bill would attempt to provide programs to protect the mental health and wellbeing of America’s law enforcement officers.
Intro: 4/28/2017 Rep. Brooks (IN-5) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Collins (GA-9)
 
HR 2294 LEO Fair Retirement Act 
This bill addresses Federal officer overtime into retirement.
Intro: 5/2/2017 Rep. King (NY-2) Status: Ways & Means
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
S 1087 Lifesaving Gear for Police Act
This bill prohibits restrictions on federal resources transfer to state/local law enforcement.
Intro: 5/10/2017 Sen. Tommey (PA) Status: Homeland Security
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
S 1108 Honoring Hometown Heroes Act
This bill provides for the flying of the flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty.
Intro: 5/11/2017 Sen. Tester (MT) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Boozman (AR)
 
S 1134 Back the Blue Act
This bill enhances penalties for conviction of assault on Law Officer.
Intro: 5/16/2017 Sen. Comyn (TX) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: Tillis (NC), Boozman (AR), Capito (WV), Perdue (GA), Strange (AL), Cassidy (LA)
 
S 1175 Protect Federal, State, and local public safety officers.
This bill will enhance penalties for assault or killing of law enforcement officer.
Intro: 5/18/2017 Sen. Sullivan (AK) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
HR 3569 Death Benefits Campus Police
This bill would amend Federal death benefit to include campus police
Intro: 7/28/2017 Rep. Capuano (MA-7) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: Cohen (TN-9)
Republicans: none
 
HR 3631 Amend FMLA Parental Involvement
This bill would amend Family and Medical Leave Act to include involvement in child and grandchild educational and extracurricular activities
Intro: 7/28/2017 Rep. Wilson (FL-24) Status: Judiciary
Cosponsors from SSPBA states:
Democrats: none
Republicans: none
 
 
Firearms
House Bills:
 
38        Concealed Carry Reciprocity (passed to Senate)
163      Prevent manufacturer liability
256      Protect military family 2nd amendment
358      Clarify interstate transportation of firearms
810      Stop Illegal Firearm Trafficking         
1137    Protection of Collectable Firearms
1181    Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection
1278    Firearm kits as firearms
1475    Gun Trafficking Prevention Act
1478    Gun Violence Research “Prevention” Act
1612    Gun Show Loophole Closure
1708    Require Gun Purchase Liability Insurance
1746    Prohibit Firearms from Airports
1976    Protect second amendment
2033    Undetectable Firearm Regulation
2089    Regulate sale of Five-seveN firearm
2098    Eliminate Executive branch from regulating firearms
2380    Handgun Trigger Safety Act
2513    Police Officers Protecting Children Act
2561    Permit uniformed officers carry firearms in certain Federal facilities.
2598    Firearms and Domestic Violence
2620    2nd Amendment protections
2842    Disarm convicted of hate crime
2940    Congress self defense
2945    Congress self defense
2951    Congress concealed carry
2980    Gun owner bankruptcy protection
3139    Silencers treated as accessories
3361    Firearm dealers to secure inventory
3458    Prohibit tampering with ammo microstamping firearms
3464    Background check complete prior to firearms sale
3576    Limit state/local regulation or tax of rifles or shotguns
3790    Federal Firearm License Protection
3947    Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act
3962    Stop On-line Ammunition Sales
3987    Protect America from Gun Violence
3998    Attorney General to Prevent Gun Transfer to Terrorist
4018    3-Day Waiting Period for Purchase
4025    Multiple Firearm Sales Reporting
4057    Deny Firearms and Explosives to Terrorist
4153    Safety and storage of Federal Agents’ Firearms
4192    Domestic Violence Homicide Prevention
4240    Public Safety and Second Amendment Rights Protection
4268    Not Sorry Act of 2017
4343    Unlawful Gun Buyer Alert Act
4344    End Purchase of Firearms by Dangerous Individuals Act
4365    Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act
4573    Gun violence research act
 
 
Senate Bills:
162      Restore DC gun rights
394      Protection of Military Family 2nd Amendment Rights
446      Concealed Carry Reciprocity
533      Undetectable Firearms Act
618      Lawful Interstate Firearm/Ammo Transfer
1084    Federal Correction Officers Nationwide Concealed Carry
1185    Prevent Firearm Trafficking
1212    Firearms and Domestic Violence
1324    Disarm convicted of hate crime
1505    Silencers treated as accessories
1539    Firearm restriction on stalkers
1541    Redefine antique firearm
1854    Federal Firearm License Protection
1915    Handgun Trigger Safety Act
1916    Automatic Gunfire Prevention Act
1923    Background Check Completion
1992    Secure Firearms Storage Act
2009    Background Check for All Firearm Sales
2009    Background Check Expansion Act
2045    Domestic Violence Gun Homicide Prevention Act
2094    Domestic Violence Loophole Closure Act
2095    Assault Weapons Ban of 2017
2161    Pendleton and Pryear-Yard Gun Trafficking and Crime Prevention Act
 
 
To read text of listed bills click on the Library of Congress link below then enter bill #.

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