H.R.5317 - National AMBER Alert Act of 2002107th Congress (2001-2002)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Foley, Mark [R-FL-16] (Introduced 09/04/2002)|
|Committees:||House - Judiciary; Transportation and Infrastructure|
|Latest Action:||09/21/2002 See also H.R. 5422. (All Actions)|
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[Congressional Bills 107th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 5317 Introduced in House (IH)] 107th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 5317 To develop, coordinate, and improve the AMBER Alert communications network throughout the country. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES September 4, 2002 Mr. Foley (for himself, Ms. Kaptur, Mr. Bachus, Mr. Towns, Mr. Greenwood, Ms. Brown of Florida, Mr. Hastings of Florida, Mrs. Tauscher, Mrs. McCarthy of New York, Mr. McGovern, Mr. Tiberi, Mr. Hayes, Mr. Brown of Ohio, Mr. Schrock, Mr. Borski, Mr. Graham, Mr. Kennedy of Minnesota, Mr. Moran of Virginia, Mr. Boyd, Mr. Thompson of California, Mr. Grucci, and Mr. Keller) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To develop, coordinate, and improve the AMBER Alert communications network throughout the country. 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 ``National AMBER Alert Act of 2002''. SEC. 2. AMBER ALERT COORDINATION. (a) Coordinator.--The Attorney General shall establish an AMBER Alert Coordinator position (referred to in this section as ``the Coordinator''). The Coordinator shall-- (1) establish, with the assistance of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Federal Communications Commission, guidelines for implementing a statewide Amber Alert plan not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act; (2) provide technical assistance to the States, broadcasters, and law enforcement agencies in implementing AMBER Alert plans; (3) certify, not later than 90 days after a certification request is received, to the Secretary of Transportation any State that-- (A) has established or agrees to establish a statewide AMBER Alert plan not later than 1 year after receiving a grant under section 3; (B) agrees to establish a reciprocal arrangement with other States, including sharing of information regarding the initiation of an AMBER Alert; and (C) is in compliance with the guidelines established pursuant to paragraph (1); (4) deny certification, not later than 90 days after a certification request is received and provide notification of such denial to the Secretary of Transportation, to any State that fails to comply with the certification requirements described in paragraph (3); (5) monitor compliance and revoke certification of any State that fails to establish an AMBER Alert plan in accordance with the 1-year period referred to in paragraph (3)(A) and provide notification of such revocation to the State and the Secretary of Transportation; (b) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $500,000 for fiscal year 2003 and such sums as may be necessary for fiscal years 2004 through 2007. Such sums shall remain available until expended. SEC. 3. GRANT PROGRAM. (a) In General.--The Secretary of Transportation shall make grants to States to develop, acquire, install, and construct facilities and equipment along highways to notify the public of missing children (including a description of such children), information regarding any abductor of such children, and other relevant information. (b) Application.--In order to be eligible to receive a grant under this section, a State shall-- (1) adhere to the requirements of this section; (2) apply to the Coordinator appointed under section 2 for certification-- (A) in 2003, not later than March 1; and (B) in subsequent years, not later than January 1 of the year in which the State expects to receive funds; and (3) include a projection of costs to implement subsection (a). (c) Federal Share.--The Federal share of the cost of a project for which a grant is made to a State under this section in a fiscal year shall not exceed 50 percent. (d) Apportionment of Funds.--Amounts appropriated to carry out this section shall be apportioned in equal shares to each State that meets the requirements of this Act. (e) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section $99,500,000 for fiscal year 2003 and such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2004 through 2007. Such sums shall remain available until expended. SEC. 4. DEFINITIONS. In this Act, the following definitions apply: (1) Amber alert.--The term ``AMBER Alert'' (America's Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response Alert) means a voluntary partnership between law enforcement agencies and broadcasters to activate an urgent bulletin in serious child abduction cases. Broadcasters use the Emergency Alert System (EAS), formerly referred to as the Emergency Broadcast System, to air a description of the missing child and suspected abductor and any other relevant information. (2) State.--The term ``State'' means each of the 50 States and the District of Columbia. <all>