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Legislative Updates

Mail-theft bill introduced in House

On Thursday, Reps. Ken Calvert (R-CA) and Paul Cook (R-CA) introduced H.R. 4515, the “Ensuring the Safety of Our Mail Act of 2016,” which would increase the maximum criminal penalty for anyone convicted of mail theft from five years to 10 years.

“The disturbing growth in mail theft in my district, and particularly the theft of cluster box units, must be stopped,” Calvert said. “The criminals who steal mail to conduct identity theft or for other purposes need to face greater consequences for their actions.”

“NALC commends Congressmen Calvert and Cook for bringing attention to this serious issue,” NALC President Fredric Rolando said. “Anything that we can do—to help deter such crimes and to help increase the safety of letter carriers on their routes—is a win-win.”

NALC encourages members to reach out to their representatives in the House and ask them to co-sponsor this important piece of legislation.

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