Summary: S.2863 — 108th Congress (2003-2004)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (09/29/2004)

Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act, Fiscal Years 2005 through 2007 - Authorizes appropriations for FY 2005 through 2007 to carry out the activities of the Department of Justice.

Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (Safe Streets Act) to: (1) merge the Byrne grant program and the local law enforcement block grant program into an Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program; and (2) establish within the Office of Justice Programs an Office of Weed and Seed Strategies to prevent, control, and reduce violent crime, criminal drug-related activity, and gang activity.

Amends the USA PATRIOT Act to authorize grants for nonprofit neighborhood and community-based victim service organizations and coalitions to improve outreach and services to crime victims.

Combating Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing Act of 2004 - Amends the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) to expand its scope to cover acts or threats involving burglary, embezzlement, and fraud in the purchase of securities.

Prevention and Recovery of Missing Children Act of 2004 - Amends the Crime Control Act of 1990 to require each State reporting on missing children to ensure that no law enforcement agency within the State establishes or maintains a policy that requires the removal of an entry from its State law enforcement system or the National Crime Information Center computer network based solely on the person's age and provide that any relevant information shall be entered within two hours of receipt.

Revises the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act to require the responsible official to obtain from a sex offender who is required to register: (1) information regarding the offender's anticipated future residence, employer's name and address, license plate number and vehicle, and student enrollment; and (2) fingerprints and a deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) sample, unless they were obtained within the previous three months.

Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Act of 2004 - Amends the Safe Streets Act to extend the authorization of appropriations for the Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant Program.

Prevent All Cigarette Trafficking Act or PACT Act - Amends the Jenkins Act to prohibit any person or other legal entity from selling, transferring, or shipping cigarettes into a State that taxes the sale or use of cigarettes (or from advertising or offering cigarettes for such a sale or transfer and shipment) without filing specified information with the tobacco tax administrator of such State within a specified time frame. Grants the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives authority to conduct certain undercover investigative operations and to inspect records and cigarettes of cigarette sellers who ship, sell, distribute, or receive any quantity in excess of 10,000 cigarettes within a single month.

Cooperative Research and Technology Enhancement of 2004 or CREATE Act - Amends patent and trademark law to deem subject matter developed by another person and a claimed invention to have been owned by the same person or subject to an obligation of assignment to the same person, for purposes of provisions that treat inventions of a common owner similarly to inventions made by a single person, if: (1) the claimed invention was made by or on behalf of parties to a joint research agreement that was in effect on or before the date the claimed invention was made; (2) the claimed invention was made as a result of activities undertaken within the scope of the agreement; and (3) the application for patent for the claimed invention discloses, or is amended to disclose, the names of the parties to the agreement.

Protecting Intellectual Rights Against Theft and Expropriation Act of 2004 - Amends copyright law to authorize the Attorney General to: (1) commence a civil action against any person who engages in conduct constituting copyright infringement; (2) collect damages and profits resulting from such infringement; and (3) collect statutory damages.

Koby Mandell Act of 2004 - Establishes within the Department of Justice an Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism.

Seniors Safety Act of 2004 - Directs the Federal Trade Commission to establish procedures regarding telemarketing fraud.

Federal Prosecutors Retirement Benefit Equity Act of 2004 - Includes Federal prosecutors within the definition of "law enforcement officer" (thus making them eligible for certain benefits).

Anti-Atrocity Alien Deportation Act of 2004 - Amends the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to provide for the inadmissibility and removability of aliens who have committed or otherwise participated in acts of torture or extrajudicial killings abroad.

Parental Responsibility Obligations Met through Immigration System Enforcement Act or PROMISE Act - Amends the INA to make an alien excludable from U.S. admission for nonpayment of child support, with an exception.

Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Act - Authorizes the President to present to the personal representative or next of kin of each individual who died on or after September 11, 2001, as a direct result of the act of terrorism within the United States on that date, a Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Congressional Medal.

National Film Preservation Act of 2004 - Amends the National Film Preservation Act of 1996 to reauthorize appropriations to the Library of Congress for the National Film Preservation Board.

National Film Preservation Foundation Reauthorization Act of 2004 - Amends specified Federal law to reauthorize appropriations to the Library of Congress for the National Film Preservation Foundation.

Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act of 2003 (sic) or DREAM Act - Amends the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996 to repeal the denial of an unlawful alien's eligibility for higher education benefits based on State residence unless a U.S. national is similarly eligible without regard to such State residence.

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Database Act of 2004 or Dru's Law - Directs the Attorney General to establish a national sex offender registry that: (1) makes publicly available, via the Internet, information about sexually violent predators and persons convicted of a sexually violent offense or a criminal offense against a minor; and (2) allows users to determine which registered sex offenders are currently residing within a specified area.