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H.R.180: National Blue Alert Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about crime and law enforcement
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Sponsor Mike Grimm, R-N.Y.
Total Cosponsors 14 (8 Democrats, 6 Republicans)
Introduced Jan. 4, 2013
Latest Major Action Dec. 20, 2013
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Bill Summary

National Blue Alert Act of 2013 - Directs the Attorney General to: (1) establish a national Blue Alert communications network within the Department of Justice (DOJ) to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, in coordination with federal, state, and local Blue Alert plans; and (2) assign an existing DOJ officer to act as the national coordinator of the Blue Alert communications network.

Sets forth the duties of the national coordinator, including: (1) providing assistance to states and local governments that are using Blue Alert plans; (2) establishing voluntary guidelines for states and local governments to use in developing such plans; (3) developing protocols for efforts to apprehend suspects; (4) working with states to ensure appropriate regional coordination of various elements of the network; (5) establishing an advisory group to assist states, local governments, law enforcement agencies, and other ent...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 20, 2013 Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 284.
May 15, 2013 Received in the Senate.
May 14, 2013 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
May 14, 2013

On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 406 - 2 (Roll no. 144). (text: CR H2579-2580)

May 14, 2013 Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H2586-2587)
May 14, 2013 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
May 14, 2013 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 180.
May 14, 2013 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H2579-2582)
May 14, 2013 Mr. Goodlatte moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
May 14, 2013 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 32.
May 14, 2013 Reported by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 113-54.
May 7, 2013 Ordered to be Reported by Voice Vote.
May 7, 2013 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
May 6, 2013 Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Discharged.
Jan. 25, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, And Investigations.
Jan. 4, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.