Legislative Priorities of the FOP from the 108th Congress
Support H.R. 218/S. 253, the "Law Enforcement Officers' Safety Act"
The F.O.P. strongly supports H.R. 218 and S. 253, which exempt qualified active and retired law enforcement officers from State and local prohibitions on the carrying of concealed firearms. If passed, active and retired officers will be able to carry a concealed firearm when traveling outside their own jurisdiction.
Support H.R. 814/S. 606, the "Public Safety Employer-Employee Cooperation Act"
The F.O.P. strongly supports this legislation, which would guarantee the right of public employees to bargain collectively with their employers over hours, wages and conditions of employment. The bill mandates that each State pass laws providing minimum collective bargaining rights to their public safety employees and outline certain provisions to be included in those laws. Strikes and lockouts are prohibited by the bill and States with collective bargaining laws already on the books will be exempt from the Federal statute.
Support H.R. 2967/S. 1277, the "State and Local Law Enforcement Officers' Discipline, Accountability and Due Process Act"
The F.O.P. strongly supports a "bill of rights" for law enforcement officers who are, in a number of jurisdictions, denied their due process rights by police administrators and management in noncriminal proceedings. There is a need for a minimum level of procedural protections for law enforcement officers accused of administrative wrongdoing because of the gravity of potential harm to officers created by this lack of uniform safeguards.
Social Security Issues: Support H.R. 594/S. 349, the "Social Security Fairness Act"
The F.O.P. strongly supports restoring unfair cuts in Social Security benefits by supporting the repeal of both the "Windfall Elimination Provision" (WEP) and the "Government Pension Offset" (GPO). The F.O.P. also vehemently opposes mandatory participation in Social Security for public employees or new hires who participate in their own retirement systems.
For more information, please feel free to contact the National Legislative Office at (202) 547-8189 or via e-mail.