Text: H.R.4129 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (11/19/2009)


111th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 4129


To amend the Crime Control Act of 1990 to require certification of State and law enforcement agency reports related to missing children and to require that certain information be provided to individuals reporting a missing child, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 19, 2009

Mrs. Maloney (for herself, Mr. Smith of New Jersey, Mr. Conyers, and Mr. Cardoza) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Crime Control Act of 1990 to require certification of State and law enforcement agency reports related to missing children and to require that certain information be provided to individuals reporting a missing child, and for other purposes.

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 “Runaway Reporting Improvement Act of 2009”.

SEC. 2. Missing children reporting requirements.

Section 3701 of title XXXVII of the Crime Control Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 5779) is amended—

(1) by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:

“(b) Guidelines.—The Attorney General—

“(1) may establish guidelines for the collection of such reports including procedures for carrying out the purposes of this Act; and

“(2) shall establish guidelines for the format and collection of the certifications required under subsection (d).”;

(2) by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:

“(c) Annual summary.—The Attorney General shall publish in the Federal Register and make available on the website of the Department of Justice—

“(1) an annual statistical summary of the reports received under this section and section 3702; and

“(2) not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of the Runaway Reporting Improvement Act of 2009, a summary of the certifications required under subsection (d).”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following new subsection:

“(d) Certification of compliance.—Not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of the Runaway Reporting Improvement Act of 2009, each Federal, State, and local law enforcement agency reporting under the provisions of this section and section 3702 shall file a certification of the agency’s compliance with such sections, which shall be signed by an authorized representative of the agency and submitted to the Attorney General.”.

SEC. 3. State requirements for reporting.

Section 3702 of title XXXVII of the Crime Control Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 5780) is amended—

(1) by striking “Each State reporting” and inserting “(a) In general.—Each State reporting”;

(2) by striking “and” after the semicolon at the end of paragraph (2);

(3) by striking “and” after the semicolon at the end of paragraph (3);

(4) by striking the period at the end of paragraph (4) and inserting “; and”;

(5) by adding after paragraph (4) the following new paragraph:

“(5) not later than one year after the date of enactment of the Runaway Reporting Improvement Act of 2009, develop, and require State and local law enforcement officers in such State to disseminate, a written information sheet to be provided to each individual who reports a missing child to such an officer after such date, which shall—

“(A) be submitted to the Department of Justice for approval, and approved by the Department, before such date;

“(B) include, at a minimum, the 24-hour, toll-free phone numbers for the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Runaway Switchboard; and

“(C) provide a description of the services that the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the National Runaway Switchboard provide to the parents and guardians of missing children.”; and

(6) by adding at the end the following new subsections:

“(b) Department of Justice reporting requirement.—The Department of Justice shall meet the requirements of paragraph (5) of subsection (a), except that the Department shall not be required to meet the requirements of subparagraph (A) of such paragraph.

“(c) Guidelines.—The Attorney General shall establish guidelines for the development and dissemination of information sheets required under subsections (a)(5) and (b).”.