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Friday, May 19, 2017

May 19, 2017
Legislative Digest
On the Floor Today: 1 Rule Bill

The House will meet at 9:00 a.m. for legislative business.First and last votes expected: 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

1) H.R. 1039 - Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017 (PDF)

Sponsor: Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA) | Judiciary Committee

Topline Summary:  This bill authorizes a probation officer to arrest a person, without warrant, if there is probable cause to believe that person forcibly assaulted or obstructed a probation officer while performing their official duties. Although under current law obstructing a probation officer in the performance of his or her official duties is illegal, when a probation officer encounters an uncooperative or violent third party, the officer may be forced to retreat because he or she lacks authority to restrain the third party. 

115th Congress