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Public Law No: 114-156 (05/16/2016)

 
[114th Congress Public Law 156]
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Public Law 114-156
114th Congress

                                 An Act


 
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 
        individual, means--
                    (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 
subsection (c).
    (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):
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CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 162 (2016):
            Apr. 19, considered and passed Senate.
            May 10, considered and passed House.

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