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S.445: Courthouse Safety Act of 2013

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Sponsor Al Franken, D-Minn.
Total Cosponsors 14 (6 Democrats, 1 Independent, 7 Republicans)
Introduced March 4, 2013
Latest Major Action March 4, 2013
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Bill Summary

Courthouse Safety Act of 2013 - Amends the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to permit the Director of the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Bureau of Justice Assistance to carry out a training and technical assistance program to teach employees of state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies how to anticipate, survive, and respond to violent encounters during the course of their duties, including duties relating to security at state, county, and tribal courthouses.

Requires the Director to give preference for any courthouse security training program to employees of jurisdictions that have magnetometers available at their courthouses.

Amends the State Justice Institute Act of 1984 to require the State Justice Institute (a private nonprofit organization established to improve judicial administration in state courts) to include courthouse safety as a factor in the national assistance program under which it provides funding to state courts and related...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
March 4, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.