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Text of the Irwin Rutman Retired Public Safety Officers Death Benefits Act

This bill was introduced on June 11, 1997, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Jun 11, 1997 (Introduced).

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HR 1862 IH

105th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1862

To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide death benefits to retired public safety officers.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 11, 1997

Ms. MOLINARI introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to provide death benefits to retired public safety officers.

    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 ‘Irwin Rutman Retired Public Safety Officers Death Benefits Act’.

SEC. 2. DEATH BENEFITS.

    (a) PAYMENTS- Section 1201 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796) is amended--

      (1) in subsection (a), by inserting after ‘line of duty’ the following: ‘or a retired public safety officer has died as the direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained while responding to a fire, rescue, or police emergency’;

      (2) in subsection (b), by inserting after ‘line of duty’ the following: ‘or a retired public safety officer has become permanently and totally disabled as the direct result of a catastrophic injury sustained while responding to a fire, rescue, or police emergency’; and

      (3) in subsections (c), (i), and (j), by inserting after ‘public safety officer’ every place it appears the following: ‘or a retired public safety officer’.

    (b) LIMITATIONS- Section 1202 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796a) is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (1), by striking ‘the public safety officer or by such officer’s intention’ and inserting ‘the public safety officer or the retired public safety officer who had the intention’;

      (2) in paragraph (2), by striking ‘the public safety officer’ and inserting ‘the public safety officer or the retired public safety officer’; and

      (3) in paragraph (3), by inserting ‘, or if the retired public safety officer was behaving,’ after ‘duties’.

    (c) NATIONAL PROGRAM- Section 1203 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 2796a-1) is amended by inserting before the period ‘or retired public safety officers who have died while responding to a fire, rescue, or police emergency’.

    (d) DEFINITIONS- Section 1204 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b) is amended--

      (1) by striking ‘and’ at the end of paragraph (6);

      (2) by striking the period and inserting ‘; and’ at the end of paragraph (7); and

      (3) by adding at the end the following:

      ‘(8) ‘retired public safety officer’ means a public safety officer, as defined in paragraph (7), who has served a sufficient period of time in such capacity to become vested in the retirement system of a public agency by which the officer was employed and who retired from such agency in good standing.’.

    (e) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to deaths or injuries occurring after the date of the enactment of this Act.