H.R.4609 - Veterans Personal Security Act105th Congress (1997-1998)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Frelinghuysen, Rodney P. [R-NJ-11] (Introduced 09/23/1998)|
|Committees:||House - Veterans' Affairs|
|Latest Action:||House - 09/28/1998 Referred to the Subcommittee on Health. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (09/23/1998)
[Congressional Bills 105th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 4609 Introduced in House (IH)] 105th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 4609 To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to notify local law enforcement agencies of allegations of a missing patient or of certain misconduct and to enable such agencies to investigate such allegations. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES September 23, 1998 Mr. Frelinghuysen introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend title 38, United States Code, to require the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to notify local law enforcement agencies of allegations of a missing patient or of certain misconduct and to enable such agencies to investigate such allegations. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Veterans Personal Security Act''. SEC. 2. NOTIFICATION TO AND INVESTIGATION BY LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OF REPORTS OF A MISSING PATIENT OR OF CERTAIN MISCONDUCT AT DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS MEDICAL FACILITIES. Chapter 9 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section: ``Sec. 906. Notification to and investigation by local law enforcement agencies of reports of a missing patient or of certain misconduct ``(a) If the Department receives notice of a reportable allegation described in subsection (b), the Secretary-- ``(1) shall provide notice of such allegation to appropriate local law enforcement agencies-- ``(A) immediately; and ``(B) in writing within 48 hours; ``(2) shall provide, to any appropriate local law enforcement agency conducting an independent investigation of such allegation, access to the Department medical facility as the agency reasonably requires; and ``(3) shall not impede or impair any appropriate local law enforcement agency from conducting an independent investigation of such allegation. ``(b) A reportable allegation described in this subsection is an allegation that any of the following has occurred at a Department medical facility: ``(1) A patient is missing. ``(2) A patient or staff member has caused physical abuse or battery to a patient or staff member. ``(3) A patient or staff member has unlawfully possessed or used a controlled substance. ``(4) A rape or any other felony or indictable offense has been committed.''. SEC. 3. CLERICAL AMENDMENT. The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 9 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new item: ``906. Notification to and investigation by local law enforcement agencies of reports of a missing patient or of certain misconduct.''. <all>