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Ohio Senate Pulls PTSD Treatment Coverage from Workers' Comp Budget

The Ohio State Senate on Thursday pulled language from a proposed budget that would allow for treatment of PTSD to be included for first responders' workers' compensation package.

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Illinois Now 11th State to Allow Recreational Marijuana

Legalization in Illinois also means that nearly 800,000 people with criminal records for purchasing or possessing 30 grams of marijuana or less may have those records expunged.

Controversial Legislation: The California Compromise

Golden State politicians wanted to make "necessary" the standard for police to use deadly force, but they settled for "reasonable."

New Bill Would Make Dispatchers and Call Takers First Responders Nationwide

According to the website for California Representative Norma Torres—who is a co-sponsor of the bill along with Republican Richard Burr of North Carolina—the proposed legislation seeks to reclassify communications officers nationally from a non-protective service occupation to a protective one in the Standard Occupational Classification system, giving dispatchers recognition as first responders.

UK Welcomes Law that Increases Penalty for Subjects that Attack K-9s

Handlers and K-9s in the United Kingdom are welcoming a new law that went into effect earlier this week that significantly increases the maximum penalty for offenders who attack a service dog.

California Assembly Approves Use-of-Force Reform Bill

The California state assembly has unanimously passed a piece of proposed legislation that would change the justification for police to use deadly force from the U.S. Supreme Court's "reasonable" to "necessary."

California Legislature Passes Bill on De-Escalation, Use of Force Policies

If the bill becomes law, police agencies would have to adhere to statewide requirements that officers be instructed in ways to de-escalate confrontations. Officers would also be required to receive training in dealing with individuals who are homeless, mentally ill, in distress, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Senate Unanimously Passes Grassley-Gillibrand Bill to Aid Officers Disabled in Line of Duty

The United States Senate has unanimously passed legislation authored by Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) to improve access to assistance for first responders permanently disabled in the line of duty.

Texas Lawmakers Introduce Proposed "Back the Blue Act" During Police Week

Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) announced on Wednesday that they have introduced the Back the Blue Act, which would increase the penalties for criminals who intentionally target law enforcement officers, and provide new tools for officers to protect themselves.

Proposed California UOF Legislation Supported by San Diego City Council

The San Diego City Council voted 6-2 Tuesday in favor of a resolution to support proposed state legislation that would put in place more stringent accountability rules and oversight of police use of force in California.