Codifies the defense of qualified immunity for law enforcement officers under provisions regarding civil actions for deprivation of rights under the color of law.
HR 355 – Back the Blue Act of 2023, Sponsor: Rep. Don Bacon
This bill establishes new criminal offenses for killing, assaulting, and fleeing to avoid prosecution for killing a judge, law enforcement officer, or public safety officer. It expands the list of statutory aggravating factors in death penalty determinations to include the killing or attempted killing of a law enforcement officer, judge, prosecutor, firefighter, or other first responders; it broadens the authority of federal law enforcement officers to carry firearms.
H.R.743 Protect and Serve Act of 2023, Sponsor: Rep John Rutherford
This bill establishes a new criminal offense for knowingly assaulting a law enforcement officer and causing serious bodily injury (or attempting to do so) in circumstances that affect interstate commerce.
H.R.354 – LEOSA Reform Act, Sponsor: Rep Don Bacon
This bill broadens the authority for certain law enforcement officers to carry concealed firearms across state lines. Further, the bill permits states to reduce the frequency with which retired law enforcement officers must meet certain qualification standards.
H.R. 957 – Public Safety Healthcare Retirees Act, Sponsor: Rep Abigail Spanberger and Rep. Don Bacon
This legislation would increase the pre-tax distribution public safety officers can use from their pension plan from $3,000 to $6,000.