Legislation Supported by the FOP in the 110th Congress

  • PASSED!!! H.R. 1/PL 110-53 (Thompson, D-MS), the "Implementing Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act," which makes several changes in Federal law consisted with the findings and recommendations of the 9/11 Commission;
  • H.R. 79 (Bartlett, R-MD), the "Powder Crack Cocaine Penalty Equalization Act," which would eliminate the disparity in sentencing between crack and powder cocaine offenses by changing the applicable amounts for powder cocaine to those currently applicable to crack cocaine;
  • H.R. 82 (Berman, D-CA), the "Social Security Fairness Act," which would repeal both the "Windfall Elimination Provision" and the "Government Pension Offset" in current Social Security law;
  • H.R. 146 (Green, D-TX), the "Law Enforcement Officers Flag Memorial Act," which would provide the families of deceased law enforcement officers with a flag that has been flown over the U.S. Capitol;
  • H.R. 172 (Lee, D-CA), the "Community Partners Next Door Act," which would establish a housing program that would provide a fifty percent (50%) discount for teachers, teacher assistants, administrators, and public safety officers purchasing certain eligible asset properties for use as their primary residence, including a $100 downpayment on any related insured mortgage, and a higher Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan limit for such purchases in high-cost areas;
  • H.R. 304 (Pearce, R-NM), the "Communities Leading Everyone Away From Narcotics Through Online Warning Notification (CLEAN TOWN) Act," which would establish a registry for persons convicted of certain drug dealing offenses so that communities can be made aware of the presence of these offenders;
  • PASSED!!! H.R. 365/PL 110-143 (Gordon, D-TN), the "Methamphetamine Remediation Research Act," which directs the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency to work with local, State and Federal authorities to clean up sites contaminated by methamphetamine production;
  • H.R. 545 (Udall, D-NM), the "Native American Methamphetamine Enforcement and Treatment Act," which would make funds available from the "Combat Meth Act" for tribal governments;
  • H.R. 688 (Ramstad, R-MN), the "State and Local Law Enforcement Officers" Discipline, Accountability, and Due Process Act," which would protect the due process rights of officers during internal investigations;
  • PASSED!!! H.R. 923/PL 110-344 (Lewis, D-GA), the "Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act," which would establish an Unsolved Crimes Section in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and an Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Investigative Office in the Civil Rights Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and permit the Inspector Generals in executive branch departments and agencies to work voluntarily with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) on cold cases;
  • H.R. 980 (Kildee, D-MI), the "Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act," which would recognize the right of law enforcement and other public safety officers to bargain collectively with their employers;
  • H.R. 1073 (Filner, D-CA), the "Law Enforcement Officers Equity Act," which would provide 6 (c) benefits to approximately 30,000 Federal law enforcement officers who currently do not have them;
  • H.R. 1118 (Keller, R-FL), the "Drug Trafficking Elimination Act," which would increase penalties for dealers of large quantities of marijuana, methamphetamines, and heroin and create a mandatory sentences for anyone caught dealing drugs to a pregnant woman or anyone under the age of twenty-one (21)and for anyone found to be working in a large drug trafficking organization;
  • PASSED!!! H.R. 1640/PL 110-53 (Pearce, R-NM), the "Protecting Americans Fighting Terrorism Act," which would exempt individuals from civil liability for reporting suspicious behavior to Federal, State, or local law enforcement agencies;
  • H.R. 1661 (Van Hollen, D-MD), the "Federal Law Enforcement Pension Adjustment Equity Act," which would permit certain annuitants of the retirement programs of the United States Park Police and United States Secret Service Uniformed Division to receive the adjustments in pension benefits to which such annuitants would otherwise be entitled as a result of new salary schedules;
  • H.R. 1700 (Weiner, D-NY), the "COPS Improvement Act," which would provide full funding for the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) and the programs it administers;
  • H.R. 2281 (Porter, R-NV), the "Sergeant Henry Prendes Memorial Act," which would close a loophole in current law and create a new Federal criminal offense for the killing, the attempt to kill or conspiring to kill, any public safety officer for a public agency that receives Federal funding;
  • PASSED!!! H.R. 2291/PL 110-53 (Pearce, R-NM), which would provide immunity from civil liability for bringing suspicious behavior to the attention of security personnel or law enforcement officers;
  • H.R. 2325 (Gohmert, R-AZ), the "Court and Law Enforcement Officers' Protection Act," which would increase the penalties, including death, for threats and violence against law enforcement officers, judges, and courtroom personnel, impose time and other substantive limits on Federal courts' review of habeas corpus petitions challenging a State court conviction for killing a law enforcement officer, judge, or other public safety officer, limit the amount of damages that a criminal defendant could recover as a result of injuries that the criminal incurred in the course of committing or being apprehended for a felony or a crime of violence, and address implementation difficulties of the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act, by slightly modifying the documentary requirements for "qualified retired law enforcement officers";
  • H.R. 2726 (Forbes, R-VA), the "Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act," which would improve the provisions related to carriage of concealed firearms by qualified active and retired law enforcement officers;
  • PASSED!!! H.R. 2747/PL 110-415 (Ellison, D-MN), the "Methamphetamine Production Prevention Act," which would expand written and electronic logbook requirements applicable to sellers and purchasers of those chemicals used in the production of methamphetamines;
  • H.R. 2772 (Brady, R-TX), the "Public Servant Retirement Protection Act," which would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and replace it with a more equitable, individualized calculation of Social Security benefits;
  • H.R. 3361 (Rangel, D-NY), the "Pension Protection Technical Corrections Act," which would make some technical corrections to the Pension Protection Act, which was enacted in 2006;
  • PASSED!!! H.R. 3546/PL 110-294 (Johnson, D-GA), legislation which authorizes full funding for the Edward J. Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) programs through 2012;
  • H.R. 3547 (Schiff, D-CA), the "Gang Prevention, Intervention, and Suppression Act," which is a comprehensive, national approach to the problem of gang violence which would establish a High Intensity Interstate Gang Activity Area (HIIGAA) program to facilitate greater cooperation between local, State and Federal law enforcement in identifying, targeting, and eliminating violent gangs in areas where gang activity is particularly prevalent and define new offenses which will enable law enforcement to fight gangs and gang-related activity more effectively;
  • H.R. 3711 (Holden, D-PA) would authorize the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance to waive matching fund requirements applicable to the grant program for the purchase of armor vests for law enforcement officers in the case of fiscal hardship;
  • H.R. 3791 (Lampson, D-TX), the "Securing Adolescents From Expolitation (SAFE) Online Act," which would enhance the abilities of Federal agencies to preserve evidence against child pornographers;
  • PASSED!!! H.R. 4056/PL 110-298 (Ellsworth, D-IN), the "Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act," which will establish a Congressional Badge of Bravery, one for Federal law enforcement officers and another for State and local law enforcement officers, to recognize their acts of bravery;
  • PASSED!!! H.R. 4120/PL 110-358 (Boyda, D-KS), the "Effective Child Pornography Prosecution Act," which will make prosecutions of child pornographers easier by removing the requirement that Federal officials must prove interstate transmission in child pornography cases;
  • PASSED!!! H.R. 4986/PL 110-181 (Skelton, D-MO), the "National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008," which made some significant improvements to the National Security Personnel System, including the affirmation of existing collective bargaining rights;
  • PASSED!!! H.R. 5057/PL 110-360 (Maloney, D-NY), the "Debbie Smith Reauthorization Act," which would reauthorize funding for DNA analysis programs;
  • H.R. 5516 (Murphy, D-PA), the "Officer Danny Faulkner Children of Fallen Heroes Scholarship Act" of 2008, which would provide increased Federal Pell Grants for children whose parent or guardian died as a result of performing duties of a law enforcement or other public safety officer;
  • H.R. 5674 (Meek, D-FL), the "Federal Correctional Officers' Safety Act," which would require that the Bureau of Prisons provide secure arms storage areas for employees authorized to carry firearms;
  • H.R. 5952 (Schwartz, D-PA), the "Police and Fire Station Modernization Act," which would authorize annual tax credit bonds for the renovation or construction of police or fire stations;
  • PASSED!!! H.R. 6045/PL 110-421 (Visclosky, D-IN), the "Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act," which would reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership grant program;
  • PASSED!!! H.R. 6098/PL 110-412 (Reichert, R-WA), the "Personnel Reimbursement for Intelligence Cooperation and Enhancement (PRICE) of Homeland Security Act," which which would permit the use of Federal funds in the Urban Area Security Initiative or the State Homeland Security Grant Program to sustain target capabilities related to preventing, preparing for, protecting against, and responding to acts of terrorism, consistent with a state homeland security plan and relevant local, tribal, and regional homeland security plans, as well as allowing these funds to compensate intelligence analysts without regard to whether the analysts are current or new full-time employees and without limitations on the period of time that an analyst can serve under awarded grants;
  • PASSED!!! H.R. 6304/PL 110-261 (Reyes, D-TX), the "Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act Amendments Act," which contains a provision that would grant immunity to telecommunications companies that cooperated with the Federal government and law enforcement agencies after the terrorist attacks of 2001;
  • H.R. 6382 (Rangel, D-NY), the "Pension Protection Technical Corrections Act," which would make some technical corrections to the Pension Protection Act, which was enacted in 2006;
  • H.R. 7015 (Filner, D-CA), legislation which would grant statutory arrest authority to law enforcement officers employed by the U.S. Department of Defense;
  • H.R. 7311/PL 110-457, the "William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act," which would extend and expand efforts to combat human trafficking and aid its victims;
  • H.R. 7327/PL 110-458, the "Worker, Retiree, and Employer Recovery Act," which is a technical corrections bill making long sought technical amendments to the Pension Protection Act (PPA) such as the governmental defined benefits plan interest crediting rate fix and a clarification to extend the public safety retiree health exclusion to self insured plans;
  • H.J.Res. 12 (Murtha, D-PA), would amend the Constitution to give Congress the power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States;
  • S. 4 (Reid, D-NV), the "Improving America's Security by Implementing Unfinished Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act," specifically Section 2005 of the bill, which would create within the U.S. Department of Homeland Security an Office for the Prevention of Terrorism;
  • S. 206 (Feinstein, D-CA), the "Social Security Fairness Act," which would repeal both the "Windfall Elimination Provision" and the "Government Pension Offset" in current Social Security law;
  • PASSED!!! S. 231/PL 110-294 (Feinstein, D-CA), which would authorize full funding for the Edward J. Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (Byrne-JAG) programs through 2012;
  • S. 294 (Lautenberg, D-NJ), the "Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act," which would improve the security on Amtrak rail lines and provide funding to hire additional Amtrak police and upgrade their equipment;
  • S. 368 (Biden, D-DE), the "COPS Improvement Act," which would establish the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) as a distinct entity within the U.S. Department of Justice and reauthorize the law enforcement officer hiring program, as well as reauthorizes funds for technology grants and community prosecutors;
  • S. 376 (Leahy, D-VT), the "Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act," which would improve the provisions related to carriage of concealed firearms by qualified active and retired law enforcement officers;
  • S. 449 (Biden, D-DE), the "State and Local Law Enforcement Officers' Discipline, Accountability, and Due Process Act," which would protect the due process rights of officers during internal investigations;
  • S. 456 (Feinstein, D-CA), the "Gang Abatement and Prevention Act," which is a comprehensive, national approach to the problem of gang violence which would establish a High Intensity Interstate Gang Activity Area (HIIGAA) program to facilitate greater cooperation between local, State and Federal law enforcement in identifying, targeting, and eliminating violent gangs in areas where gang activity is particularly prevalent and define new offenses which will enable law enforcement to fight gangs and gang-related activity more effectively;
  • S. 513 (Leahy, D-VT), which would repeal the "Insurrection Act Rider" and restore the previous statutory authority for the use of U.S. Armed Forces in a domestic law enforcement capacity;
  • S. 535 (Dodd, D-CT), the "Emmett Till Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Act," which would establish an Unsolved Crimes Section in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, and an Unsolved Civil Rights Crime Investigative Office in the Civil Rights Unit of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and permit the Inspector Generals in executive branch departments and agencies to work voluntarily with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) on cold cases;
  • S. 980 (Feinstein, D-CA), the "Online Pharmacy Consumer Protection Act," which would impose better registration and reporting requirements on pharmacies that operate over the Internet;
  • S. 1211 (Feinstein, D-CA), the "Saving Kids from Dangerous Drugs Act," which would amend the Controlled Substances Act to provide enhanced penalties on those who tailor market illegal drugs to entice children to purchase them;
  • S. 1235 (Cornyn, R-TX), the "Daniel Faulkner Law Enforcement Officers' and Judges' Protection Act," which would increase the penalties, including death, for threats and violence against law enforcement officers, judges, and courtroom personnel, impose time and other substantive limits on Federal courts' review of habeas corpus petitions challenging a State court conviction for killing a law enforcement officer, judge, or other public safety officer, limit the amount of damages that a criminal defendant could recover as a result of injuries that the criminal incurred in the course of committing or being apprehended for a felony or a crime of violence, and address implementation difficulties of the Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act, by slightly modifying the documentary requirements for "qualified retired law enforcement officers";
  • PASSED!!! S. 1276/PL 110-415 (Durbin, D-IL), the "Methamphetamine Production Prevention Act," which would expand written and electronic logbook requirements applicable to sellers and purchasers of those chemicals used in the production of methamphetamines;
  • S. 1354 (Mikulski, D-MD), the "Law Enforcement Officers' Equity Act," which would provide 6(c) benefits to approximately 30,000 Federal law enforcement officers who currently do not have them;
  • S. 1357 (Mikulski, D-MD), the "Federal Law Enforcement Pension Adjustment Equity Act," which would amend the Law Enforcement Pay Equity Act of 2000 to permit certain annuitants of the retirement programs of the United States Park Police and United States Secret Service Uniformed Division to receive the adjustments in pension benefits to which such annuitants would otherwise be entitled as a result of the conversion of members of the United States Park Police and United Sates Secret Service Uniformed Division to a new salary schedule under the amendments made by such Act;
  • S. 1369, (Collins, R-ME), would provide immunity from civil liability for bringing suspicious behavior to the attention of security personnel or law enforcement officers;
  • S. 1647 (Hutchison, R-TX), the "Public Servant Retirement Protection Act," which would repeal the Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and replace it with a more equitable, individualized calculation of Social Security benefits;
  • S. 2071 (Feinstein, D-CA), the "Combat Methamphetamine Enhancement Act," which would strengthen Federal law by improving the self-certification process for retail sales of ephedrine and pseudoephedrine;
  • S. 2084 (Leahy, D-VT), the "School Safety and Law Enforcement Improvement Act," which would improve school security, the efficacy of the National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS), the provisions related to carriage of concealed firearms by qualified active and retired law enforcement officers, and expand the eligibility of the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) program to include fully-sworn, bona fide law enforcement officers employed by a private institution of higher education or by a rail carrier;
  • S. 2123 (Gregg, R-NH), the "Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act," which would recognize the right of law enforcement and other public safety officers to bargain collectively with their employers;
  • PASSED!!! S. 2168/PL 110-326 (Leahy, D-VT), the "Identity Theft Enforcement and Restitution Act," which would authorize criminal restitution orders in identity theft cases to compensate victims for the time spent to remediate the intended or actual harm incurred and allow prosecution of computer fraud offenses for conduct not involving an interstate or foreign communication, and would also eliminate the requirement in current law that damage to a victim's computer aggregate at least $5,000 before a prosecution can be brought for unauthorized access to a computer and expand other aspects of Federal computer fraud and identity theft law;
  • S. 2511 (Leahy, D-VT), would authorize the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance to waive matching fund requirements applicable to the grant program for the purchase of armor vests for law enforcement officers in the case of fiscal hardship;
  • PASSED!!! S. 2565/PL 110-298 (Biden, D-DE), the "Law Enforcement Congressional Badge of Bravery Act," which will establish a Congressional Badge of Bravery, one for Federal law enforcement officers and another for State and local law enforcement officers, to recognize their acts of bravery;
  • S. 2956 (Levin, D-MI), the "Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act," which would help law enforcement combat the misuse of U.S. corporations by requiring States to obtain beneficial ownership information for corporations and limited liability companies formed under State law;
  • PASSED!!! S. 3012 (Leahy, D-VT), the "Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act," which would reauthorize the Bulletproof Vest Partnership grant program;
  • Legislation to provide Federal law enforcement officers with a rebuttable presumption that a causal connection exists between their occupation and heart, lung, and hypertension disorders;
  • Legislation which would protect the personal information of law enforcement officers and their families from public access;
  • Legislation to exempt retired law enforcement officers from all Federal, State, and local taxes on their retirement income, regardless of their place of residence; and
  • Legislation entitled the "Federal Law Enforcement Protection Act" to address the concerns of the more than 70,000 Federal uniformed law enforcement officers.

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