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116th US Congress Update September 2019

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Governmental Affairs

 

116th US Congress Update

September 2019

 

 

NEW BILLS of INTEREST

 

HR 4339 End Racial Profiling

This bill would provide funding and require data collection on law enforcement-citizen contacts.

Intro: 9/16/2019 Rep. Lee (TX-18) Status: Judiciary   

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Adams (NC-12), Bishop (GA-2), Cohen (TN-9), Connolly (VA-11), Johnson (GA-4), Price (NC-4), Richmond (LA-2), Sewell (AL-7), Thompson (MS-2)

Republicans: none

 

HR 4359 

This bill would prohibit Federal law enforcement officers from use of deadly or less lethal force unless necessary and encourages states to adopt similar policies. 

Intro: 9/17/2019 Rep. Khanna (CA-17) Status: Judiciary  

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Thompson (MS-2), Butterfield (NC-2)

Republicans: none

 

HR 4440 Police Exercising Absolute Care with Everyone

This bill would establish protocol for investigation of deadly force by federal officers.

Intro: 9/20/2019 Rep. Cohen (TN-9) Status: Judiciary  

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Sponsor Cohen

Republicans: none

 

 

New Firearm Bills

 

House

 

4255 Firearm Trafficking Reduction (TRACE) Act

4271 Gun Suicide Prevention Act

4324 Multiple Firearm Sales Reporting

 

Senate

 

2449 Federal Firearm Licensing Act

 

BILL UPDATES (Changes in Red)

 

Labor

 

HR 1154 ** COLLECTIVE BARGAINING FOR PUBLIC SAFETY OFFICERS

This bill would provide for collective bargaining by local/state officers. 

Intro: 2/13/2019 Rep. Kildee (MI-5) Status: Education and Labor

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Cohen (TN-9), Scott (VA-3), Connolly (VA-11), Adams (NC-12), Luria (VA-2), Beyer (VA-8), Price (NC-4), McBath (GA-6), Thompson (MS-2), Cooper (TN5), Richmond (LA-2), Wexton (VA-10)

Republicans: McKinley (WV-1)

 

S 525 Free Choice

This bill would preserve employee free choice to join labor organization or not.

Intro: 2/14/2019 Sen. Paul (KY) Status: Education & Labor

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: Wicker (MS), Hyde-Smith (MS), Blackburn (TN), Cotton (AR), Scott (SC), Purdue (GA), Boozman (AR)

 

S 664 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: 3/5/2019 Sen. Brown (OH) Status: Health, Ed., and Labor

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

HR 2571 National Right to Work Act

This bill would preserve and protect the free choice of individual employees to form, join, or assist labor organizations, or to refrain from such activities.

Intro: 5/8/2019 Rep. Wilson (SC-2) Status: Education & Labor

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: Sponsor Wilson, Allen (GA-12), Meadows (NC-11), Fleischmann (TN-3), Brooks (AL-5), Rice (SC-7), Hice (GA-10), Palazzo (MS-4), Roe (TN-1), Norman (SC-5), Duncan (SC-3), Hudson (NC-8), Massie (KY-4), Crawford (AR-1), Collins (GA-9), Budd (NC-13), Graves (GA-14), Hill (AR-2), Timmons (SC-4), Palmer (AL-6), Rouzer (NC-7), Carter (GA-1), Westerman (AR-4), Kustoff (TN-8), Womack (AR-3), DesJariais (TN-4), Loudermilk (GA-11), Johnson (LA-4)

 

S 1394 ** Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act

This bill would provide collective bargaining rights for public safety officers employed by States or their political subdivisions.

Intro: 5/9/2019 Sen. Baldwin (WI) Status: Education & Labor

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

S 1411 Amicus Act

This bill would amend title 28, United States Code, to require certain disclosures related to amicus activities.

Intro: 5/9/2019 Sen. Whitehouse (RI) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

HR 3463 Public Employee Collective Bargain

This bill would secure the rights of public employees to organize, act concertedly, and bargain collectively, which safeguard the public interest and promote the free and unobstructed flow of commerce.

Intro: 6/25/2019 Rep. Cartwright (PA-8) Status: Education & Labor  

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Scott (VA-3), Cohen (TN-9), Lewis (GA-5), Johnson (GA-4), Yamuth (KY-3), Beyer (VA-8), Luria (VA-2), McEachin (VA-4), Wexton (VA-10), Connolly (VA-11)

Republicans: none

 

S 1970 Public Employee Collective Bargain

This bill would secure the rights of public employees to organize, act concertedly, and bargain collectively, which safeguard the public interest and promote the free and unobstructed flow of commerce, and for other purposes.

Intro: 6/25/2019 Sen. Hirono (HI) Status: Education & Labor

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

 

Working Conditions

 

HR 119 Attorney General to Collect Info on Law Enforcement Deadly Force 

This bill would require the Attorney general to collect and compile info on law enforcement use of deadly force.

Intro: 1/3/2019 Rep. Cohen (TN-9) Status: Judiciary 

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Sponsor Cohen, Connolly (VA-11), Johnson (GA-4)

Republicans: none

 

HR 125 Sensitivity Training and Independent Investigation of Deadly force

This bill would provide grants to states that require law enforcement officer sensitivity training and independent investigation and prosecution of use of deadly force by officers

Intro: 1/3/2019 Rep. Cohen (TN-9) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Sponsor Cohen, Scott (VA-3), Thompson (MS-3), Johnson (GA-4), Scott (GA-13), McEachin (VA-4), Richmond (LA-2), Sewell (AL-7), Yamuth (KY-3), Cooper (TN-5)

Republicans: none

 

HR 608 School Resource Officer Federal Training Guidelines

This bill would establish federal Training Guidelines for School Resource Officers 

Intro: 1/16/2019 Rep. Higgins (LA-3) Status: Education & Labor 

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: Sponsor Higgins 

 

HR 2329 Law Enforcement Immersive Training

This bill would develop real-life training scenario training for law enforcement 

Intro: 4/15/2019 Rep. Ryan (OH-13) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

S 1135 Protecting Our Heroes

This bill would enhance penalties for attacks on law enforcement officers

Intro: 4/10/2019 Sen. Sullivan (AK) Status: Judiciary 

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

HR 2698 Training for Mental Health Crisis Response

This bill would provide for behavioral health crisis response training for law enforcement officers.

Intro: 5/14/2019 Rep. Horn (OK-5) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Cooper (TN-5)

Republicans: none

 

S 1464 Training for Mental Health Crisis Response

This bill would provide for behavioral health crisis response training for law enforcement officers.

Intro: 5/14/2019 Sen. Inhofe (OK) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: Boozman (AR)

 

S 1938 Incentive for States which require Independent Investigation and Prosecution of Officers’ Use of Deadly Force

This bill would provide financial incentive for States which require Independent Investigation and Prosecution of Officers’ Use of Deadly Force

Intro: 6/20/2019 Sen. Duckworth (IL) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

HR 3735 Law Enforcement Suicide Data Collection

This bill would require the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to provide information on suicide rates in law enforcement.

Intro: 7/12/2019 Rep. Quigley (IL-5) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Spanberger (VA-7)

Republicans: none

 

HR 4049 Federal Agency Head May Not Prohibit State/Local Bodycam Use

This bill would allow state/local law enforcement to use bodycams during joint operations with federal law enforcement.

Intro: 7/25/2019 Rep. Norton (DC) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Beyer (VA-8)

Republicans: none

 

HR 4052 Prohibit Imposition of Death Penalty

This bill would eliminate the federal death penalty. 

Intro: 7/25/2019 Rep. Pressley (MA-7) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Lewis (GA-5), Butterfield (NC-1), Bishop (GA-2), Johnson (GA-4)

Republicans: none

 

S 2434 National Criminal Justice Commission Act

This bill would establish the National Criminal Justice Commission.

Intro: 8/1/2019 Sen. Peters (MI) Status: Judiciary 

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: Graham (SC), Capito (WV), Kaine (VA), Kennedy (LA)

 

 

Benefits

 

HR 141 Repeal Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination

This bill would repeal the government pension offset and windfall elimination provision.

Intro: 1/3/2019 Rep. Davis (IL-13) Status: Ways and Means 

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Price (NC-4), Connolly (VA-11), Cohen (TN-9), Yarmuth (KY-3), Bishop (GA-2), Richmond (LA-2), Scott (VA-3), Wexton (VA-10), Luria (VA-2)

Republicans: Massie (KY-4), Graves (LA-6), Comer (KY-1), Rogers (KY-5), Abraham (LA-5), Higgins (LA-3), McKinley (WV-1), Johnson (LA-4), Guthrie (KY-2), Barr (KY-6), Byrne (AL-1), Scalise (LA-1), Wittman (VA-1)

 

HR 372 Provide Public Safety Death Benefits to TSA Employees

This bill would provide TSA employees the public safety officers death benefits 

Intro: 1/9/2019 Rep. Brownley (CA-26) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Beyer (VA-8), Johnson (GA-4), McEachin (VA-4), Cohen (TN-9), Luria (VA-2)

Republicans: Brooks (AL-5)

 

HR 816 Death Benefits to Campus Police

This bill would provide federal death/disability benefits to campus police officers

Intro: 1/28/2019 Rep. King (NY-2) Status: Judiciary 

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Cohen (TN-9), Cooper (TN-5)

Republicans: none

 

HR 983 Sarah Grace-Farley-Kluger Act

This bill would amend the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 to provide leave because of the death of a son or daughter.

Intro: 2/5/2019 Rep. Schneider (IL-10) Status: Education & Labor

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Beyer (VA-8)

Republicans: Riggleman (VA-5)

 

HR 1210 Reforms to Public Safety Officers Benefits Program

This bill would make changes to the federal benefits program

Intro: 2/13/2019 Rep. Ruiz (CA-36) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Wexton (VA-10), Sewell (AL-7), Spanberger (VA-7), Richmond (LA-2), Luria (VA-2)

Republicans: none

 

HR 1256 Disabled Officers Retirement Benefits 

This bill would permit disabled officers to receive retirement benefits as if they were not disabled.

Intro: 2/14/2019 Rep. Connolly (VA-11) Status: Intelligence 

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Sponsor Connolly, McBath (GA-6), Wexton (VA-10)

Republicans: Riggleman (VA-5)

 

HR 1325 Punish Offenses Targeting Law Enforcement

This bill would enhance punishment for officer targeted offenses.

Intro: 2/22/2019 Rep. Rutherford (FL-4) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: Guthrie (KY-2), Barr (KY-6), Scalise (LA-1)

 

HR 1646 Hero Act 

This bill would improve the detection, prevention, and treatment of mental health issues among public safety officers.

Intro: 3/8/2019 Rep. Bera (CA-7) Status: Energy and Commerce

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Wexton (VA-10)

Republicans: Roe (TN-1)

 

S 413 Law Enforcement Training in Behavior Crisis Response

This bill would require law enforcement training in behavior crisis response.

Intro: 2/7/2019 Sen. Klobucher (MN) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

S 465 Reforms to Public Safety Officers Benefits Program

This bill would make changes to the federal benefits program

Intro: 2/12/2019 Sen. Duckworth (IL) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

S 531 Disabled Officers Retirement Benefits 

This bill would permit disabled officers to receive retirement benefits as if they were not disabled.

Intro: 2/14/2019 Sen. Tester (MT) Status: Homeland Security

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

S 572 Amend Family Medical Leave Act to include Death of Child

This bill would make changes to the FMLA to include leave for child death.

Intro: 2/26/2019 Sen. Tester (MT) Status: Health, Education, Labor & Pensions

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

S 710 Social Security Fairness for Officers

This bill would exempt firefighters and police officers from the Government Pension Offset and Windfall Elimination Provisions under the Social Security Act.

Intro: 3/7/2019 Sen. Toomey (PA) Status: Finance

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

HR 2126 State/Local Pensions Accountability & Security 

This bill would prohibit federal bailout of state/local pensions

Intro: 4/8/2019 Rep. Babin (TX-36) Status: Education & Labor 

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: Norman (SC-5), Hice (GA-10), Roe (TN-1)

 

HR 2368 Support/Treat Officers in Crisis

This bill would expand federal support for mental health programs for officers

Intro: 4/25/2019 Rep. Reschenthaler (PA-14) Status: Calendared #103

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: McBath (GA-6)

Republicans: Collins (GA-9), Kustoff (TN-8)

 

HR 2379 Reauthorize Bulletproof Vest Grants

This bill would reauthorize the vest grant program

Intro: 4/29/2019 Rep. Pascrell (NJ-9) Status: PASSED (Public Law 116-18)

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Spanberger (VA-7)

Republicans: Collins (GA-9), Byrne (AL-1)

 

S 998 Support/Treat Officers in Crisis

This bill would expand federal support for mental health programs for officers

Intro: 4/3/2019 Sen. Hawley (MO) Status: PASSED – Public Law 116-32

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: Tillis (NC), Blackburn (TN), Cotton (AR), Capito (WV)

 

S 1208 Protecting First Responders

This bill would amend federal line-of-duty disability program 

Intro: 4/11/2019 Sen. Grassley (IA) Status: Passed Senate, to House Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

S 1231 Reauthorize Bulletproof Vest Grants

This bill would reauthorize the vest grant program

Intro: 4/30/2019 Sen. Leahy (VT) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: Graham (SC), Tillis (NC)

 

HR 2696 Supporting Health & Safety of Law Enforcement

This bill would provide grants to community mental health centers for the placement of social workers with law enforcement agencies.

Intro: 5/14/2019 Rep. Harder (CA-10) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

HR 2812 Protecting First Responders

This bill would provide benefits for officers permanently and totally disabled in the line of duty.

Intro: 5/16/2019 Rep. Pascrell (NJ-9) Status: Judiciary

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: Kustoff (TN-8)

 

HR 2840 Amend Tax Code for First Responders Benefits

This bill would treat certain benefits as “earned income.”

Intro: 5/20/2019 Rep. Beyer (VA-8) Status: Ways & Means

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: Sponsor Beyer

Republicans: none

 

S 1278 First Responders First

This bill would allow first responders to continue to exclude service-connected disability pension payments after reaching the age of retirement.

Intro: 5/2/2019 Sen. Daines (MT) Status: Finance

Cosponsors from SSPBA states: 

Democrats: none

Republicans: none

 

 

Firearm Bills

 

House

8 Background Check for All Firearm Sales

33 Gun Trafficking Prohibition

38 Conceal Carry Reciprocity

155 Amen IRS Code to Remove Silencers from Firearm Definition

167 Prohibit Transfer of Firearm at Gun Show by Unlicensed Dealer

282 Sensible Reform to Firearm Regulations

569 Protect Stalking Victims from Firearm Violence

686 Regulation of Ammunition

687 National Handgun Registration & License

717 Restrict firearm sales to 21 Year Olds and Above

820 Background Checks for Gun Show Purchases

822 Require Liability Insurance to Purchase Firearm

869 Undetectable Firearms Act Revisions

930 Firearm Identity Markings and Stolen Reporting Required

952 Regulate Armor Piercing Ammo

971 Bill to Avert Future Gun Violence

1072 Limit States to Regulate Rifles/Shotguns

1112 Strengthen Background Checks

1115 Include Firearms in Consumer Product Safety

1116 Prohibit Firearms by “High-Risk” Individuals

1156 Law Enforcement Concealed Carry

1186 Regulate Large-Feed Magazines

1236 States Authority to Regulate Firearms

1262 Raise Age for Rifle/Shotgun Purchase

1263 Semi-Auto Rifle with Magazine Feed Under Fed Firearms Act

1266 Firearm Assembly Kits Regulated as Firearms

1279 BJA Grants for Gun Buy-Back Programs

1296 2nd Amend not Unlimited

1297 Armor Piercing Ammo in Fed Firearms Act

1339 Create Mass Violence Prevention Center

1454 3-Day Wait to Receive a Firearm

1501 Allow Officers Carry Concealed on School Property

1531 Deny Firearms to Dangerous Terrorists

1670 Prevent Gun Trafficking

1671 Background Denial Notification

1705 Prevent Purchase of Ammunition by Prohibited Persons

1745 Prohibit Firearm Possession by Certain Persons

2071 Second Amendment Protection

2179 Federal Firearms License Protection

2303 Violent Gun Offender Registry

2634 Closing loophole on interstate sales

2670 PLEA Act (restrict certain weapons/ammo)

2671 Regulate Flamethrowers

2708 Restrict ownership from convicted “hate crime” offenders 

2765 Permit officers to purchase service weapons

2805 Permit Uniformed officers to carry weapons in Federal buildings

2867 Require safe storage of firearms

2959 Assault weapons ban

3214 Justice for Gun Violence Victims

3234 Keeping Gun Dealers Honest

3265 3D Printed Gun Safety

3285 Handgun Purchaser License

3404 Give Local Law Enforcement Chief Firearm Transfer Denial Authority

3435 Encourage State Laws to Allow Local Regulation of Firearms

3454 Regulate Firearm Silencers 

3553 All Firearms Traceable

3554 State Mental Health Reporting of Firearm Prohibited Persons 

3606 Prohibit “Bump Stocks”

3826 Protect Veteran’s Second Amendment Rights

4062 Require Firearm Purchase Record

4080 Require Safe Storage Firearms

4081 Require Firearm Registration

4082 Prohibit Private Firearm Sales

4116 Reduce “Straw Purchases” of Firearms

4177 Gun Safety Board & Research Act

 

Senate

7 Extreme Risk Protection Order and Violence Prevention Act of 2019

42 Background Check for All Firearm Sales

66 Regulate Assault Weapons

69 Conceal Carry Reciprocity

320 Securing Firearms Act

443 Redefine Antique Firearms

447 Regulate Large capacity Magazines

459 Regulate “Ghost” guns

506 Remove Firearms from Dangerous Individuals

730 Prevent Gun Trafficking

1462 Restrict ownership from convicted “hate crime” offenders

1519 Address mental illness and firearm possession

1779 Justice for Gun Violence Victims

1788 Federal Firearms License Protection

1795 Keeping Gun Dealers Honest

1831 3D Printed Gun Safety

1844 Handgun Purchaser License

1924 Prevent Purchase Ammo by Prohibited Persons

1943 Regulate Firearm Silencers

2272 Require Firearm Licensing

2376 Stop Illegal Trafficking of Firearms

 

To read text of listed bills click on the Library of Congress link below then enter bill #.

http://thomas.loc.gov/

 

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