S.357: National Blue Alert Act of 2013

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about crime and law enforcement
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Sponsor Benjamin L. Cardin, D-Md.
Total Cosponsors 28 (21 Democrats, 7 Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 14, 2013
Latest Major Action Sept. 19, 2013
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Bill Summary

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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...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Sept. 19, 2013 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 194.
Sept. 19, 2013 Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Leahy without amendment. Without written report.
Sept. 19, 2013 Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.
Feb. 14, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.