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Introduced in Senate (05/11/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 1108


To amend title 4, United States Code, to provide for the flying of the flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 11, 2017

Mr. Tester (for himself, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Blumenthal, Mr. Moran, Mr. Udall, Mr. Carper, and Mr. Gardner) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend title 4, United States Code, to provide for the flying of the flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty.

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 “Honoring Hometown Heroes Act”.

SEC. 2. Permitting the flag to be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder serving in the line of duty.

(a) Amendment.—The sixth sentence of section 7(m) of title 4, United States Code, is amended—

(1) by striking “or” after “possession of the United States” and inserting a comma;

(2) by inserting “or the death of a first responder working in any State, territory, or possession who dies while serving in the line of duty,” after “while serving on active duty,”;

(3) by striking “and” after “former officials of the District of Columbia” and inserting a comma; and

(4) by inserting before the period the following: “, and first responders working in the District of Columbia”.

(b) First responder defined.—Section 7(m) of title 4, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in paragraph (2), by striking “, United States Code; and” and inserting a semicolon;

(2) in paragraph (3), by striking the period at the end and inserting “; and”; and

(3) by adding at the end the following:

“(4) the term ‘first responder’ means a ‘public safety officer’ as defined in section 1204 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b).”.

(c) Effective date.—The amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to deaths of first responders occurring on or after the date of enactment of this Act.