Text: S.2755 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 114-156 (05/16/2016)
[114th Congress Public Law 156]
[From the U.S. Government Publishing Office]
[[Page 130 STAT. 391]]
Public Law 114-156
To provide Capitol-flown flags to the immediate family of firefighters,
law enforcement officers, members of rescue squads or ambulance crews,
and public safety officers who are killed in the line of
duty. <<NOTE: May 16, 2016 - [S. 2755]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: Fallen Heroes
Flag Act of 2016.>>
SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 2 USC 1801 note.>> SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Fallen Heroes Flag Act of 2016''.
SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.
In this Act--
(1) the term ``Capitol-flown flag'' means a flag of the
United States flown over the Capitol in honor of the deceased
individual for whom the flag is requested;
(2) the terms ``chaplain'', ``firefighter'', ``law
enforcement officer'', ``member of a rescue squad or ambulance
crew'', and ``public agency'' have the meanings given such terms
in section 1204 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets
Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b);
(3) the term ``immediate family member'', with respect to an
(A) the spouse, parent, brother, sister, or child of
the individual or a person to whom the individual stands
in loco parentis; or
(B) any other person related to the individual by
blood or marriage;
(4) the term ``public safety officer'' means an individual
serving a public agency in an official capacity, with or without
compensation, as a law enforcement officer, as a firefighter, or
as a chaplain; and
(5) the term ``Representative'' includes a Delegate or
Resident Commissioner to the Congress.
SEC. 3. <<NOTE: 2 USC 1881a.>> PROVIDING CAPITOL-FLOWN FLAGS FOR
FAMILIES OF FALLEN HEROES.
(a) In General.--At the request of an immediate family member of a
firefighter, law enforcement officer, member of a rescue squad or
ambulance crew, or public safety officer who died in the line of duty,
the Representative or Senator of the family may provide to the family a
Capitol-flown flag, together with the certificate described in
(b) No Cost to Family.--A Capitol-flown flag provided under this
section shall be provided at no cost to the family.
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(c) Certificate.--The certificate described in this subsection is a
certificate which is signed by the Speaker of the House of
Representatives and the Representative, or the President pro tempore of
the Senate and the Senator, providing the Capitol-flown flag, as
applicable, and which contains an expression of sympathy for the family
involved from the House of Representatives or the Senate, as applicable.
SEC. 4. <<NOTE: 2 USC 1881b.>> REGULATIONS AND PROCEDURES.
(a) <<NOTE: Deadline.>> In General.--Not later than 30 days after
the date of enactment of this Act, the Architect of the Capitol shall
issue regulations for carrying out this Act, including regulations to
establish procedures (including any appropriate forms, guidelines, and
accompanying certificates) for requesting a Capitol-flown flag.
(b) Review.--The regulations issued under subsection (a) shall take
effect upon approval by the Committee on House Administration of the
House of Representatives and the Committee on Rules and Administration
of the Senate.
SEC. 5. <<NOTE: 2 USC 1881c.>> AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.
There are authorized to be appropriated for each of fiscal years
2017 through 2022 such sums as may be necessary to carry out this Act,
to be derived from amounts appropriated in each such fiscal year for the
operation of the Architect of the Capitol, except that the aggregate
amount appropriated to carry out this Act for all such fiscal years may
not exceed $40,000.
SEC. 6. <<NOTE: 2 USC 1881d.>> EFFECTIVE DATE.
This Act shall take effect on the date of enactment of this Act,
except that a Capitol-flown flag may not be provided under section 3
until the regulations issued under section 4(a) take effect in
accordance with section 4(b).
Approved May 16, 2016.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 2755 (H.R. 723):
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 162 (2016):
Apr. 19, considered and passed Senate.
May 10, considered and passed House.