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H.R. 2850 (105th): Jennifer’s Law Act of 1997


The text of the bill below is as of Nov 6, 1997 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


HR 2850 IH

105th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2850

To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to require better reporting of unidentified persons, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 6, 1997

Mr. JOHNSON of Wisconsin (for himself, Mr. LAMPSON, Mr. LANTOS, Mr. FRANKS of New Jersey, Mr. CRAMER, Mr. WYNN, Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota, Mr. FROST, Mr. DOOLEY of California, Mr. LUTHER, Ms. STABENOW, and Mr. KIND) 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 require better reporting of unidentified persons, and for other purposes.

    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 ‘Jennifer’s Law Act of 1997’.

SEC. 2. JENNIFER’S LAW.

    (a) GRANT REDUCTION FOR NONCOMPLIANCE- Section 506 of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 is amended by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(g) INFORMATION ACCESS-

      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- The funds available under this subpart for a State shall be reduced by 10 percent and redistributed under paragraph (3) unless the State substantially complies with the rules made by the Federal Bureau of Investigation under paragraph (2).

      ‘(2) REPORTING REQUIREMENTS- The Federal Bureau of Investigation shall make rules--

        ‘(A) requiring immediate reporting by a State’s authorities of every unidentified person (alive or deceased), regardless of age, found in that State’s jurisdiction, to the National Crime Information Center and to the State’s law enforcement authorities;

        ‘(B) requiring the subsequent entry of a complete profile of the unidentified person, as provided by the Department of Justice for the National Crime Information Center Missing and Unidentified Persons File, including, if available, dental records, x-rays, and fingerprints;

        ‘(C) requiring the entry of a National Crime Information Center number or other appropriate number on all unidentified’s persons’ death certificates;

        ‘(D) requiring the retention of all such records pertaining to unidentified persons in the National Crime Information Center and with appropriate State agencies until the person is identified; and

        ‘(E) to achieve greater ease in cross referencing indexes of missing persons with those of unidentified persons.

      ‘(3) REDISTRIBUTION- Any funds available for redistribution shall be redistributed to participating States that have in effect a law referred to in paragraph (1).

      ‘(4) COMPLIANCE- The Federal Bureau of Investigation shall issue regulations to ensure compliance with the requirements of paragraph (1), including a requirement that any charge for making available such information may not exceed the actual cost of making such information available.’.

    (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENT- Section 506(a) of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 is amended by striking ‘subsection (f),’ and inserting ‘subsections (f) and (g),’.

    (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by subsection (a) shall take effect on the first day of each fiscal year succeeding the first fiscal year beginning 2 years after the date of the enactment of this Act.