Text: H.R.3151 — 110th Congress (2007-2008)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/24/2007)


110th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3151


To authorize grants to establish and improve criminal forensic laboratories.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 24, 2007

Mr. Roskam introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To authorize grants to establish and improve criminal forensic laboratories.

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 “State and Local Criminal Forensic Laboratory Enhancement Act of 2007”.

SEC. 2. Grants authorized.

Subject to the availability of appropriations, the Attorney General shall award grants to States, units of local government, and Indian Tribes to—

(1) establish new criminal forensic laboratories to provide the services necessary for State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute crimes;

(2) expand or improve existing criminal forensic laboratories to provide the services described in paragraph (1);

(3) hire and train new forensic laboratory professionals and technicians necessary to provide the services described in paragraph (1); and

(4) for any other purpose the Attorney General determines to be necessary to improve State, local, and tribal criminal forensic laboratory services.

SEC. 3. Selection of grantees.

(a) Applications.—A State, unit of local government, or Indian Tribe desiring a grant under this Act shall submit to the Attorney General an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Attorney General may require.

(b) Priority.—In awarding grants under this Act, the Attorney General shall give priority to State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies with the largest backlogs of criminal forensic examinations per capita, compared with other State, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies, respectively.

SEC. 4. Authorization of appropriations.

There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $30,000,000 for fiscal year 2008 and for each subsequent fiscal year.