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NAPO VICTORY!!! 
Congress Passes the Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act &  Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Law National Blue Alert Act 
May 14, 2015

NAPO is pleased to report two major legislative victories: the passage of the Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes

Act and the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act. 


This afternoon, the Senate passed the
Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act. (The House passed this critical legislation on May 12, 2015). This legislation clarifies that both federal and state death benefits for the survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty should be treated the same and not be subjected to federal income tax. Survivor benefits for federal law enforcement officers are currently not subject to federal income tax, but there is some ambiguity about the treatment of these benefits for similar state-based programs. This legislation will ensure that families of fallen officers are not forced to pay an excessive tax after their loved ones gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our nation.

  
The House unanimously passed the Senate version of the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act on May 12, 2015. (The Senate passed this important legislation on April 30, 2015). The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act will assist with the establishment of a nationwide Blue Alert system to apprehend violent criminals who have injured or killed police officers or who have made an imminent or credible threat to cause serious injury or death of a law enforcement officer. This bill is named in honor of two New York City Police Officers, and NAPO members, who were assassinated while sitting in their police patrol car in December 2014. Their killer posted threats to law enforcement on social media before the attack. Implementing a nationwide Blue Alert system will help to ensure that information on credible threats, like those posted by the individual who killed Detectives Ramos and Liu, is widely disseminated so that officers have advanced warning, and can apprehend the criminal before he or she can do more harm. 


NAPO has expended all available efforts to garner support for these critical pieces of legislation, and we are thrilled to report these victories to our members. We are so grateful for your support in passing these important bills. We’re excited that all of our hard work has paid off! 


If you have any questions about the
Don’t Tax Our Fallen Public Safety Heroes Act or the Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act, please contact Bill Johnson (bjohnson@napo.org) or Melissa Nee (mnee@napo.org). 

 

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