H.R. 2564 (106th): Rural Law Enforcement Assistance Act of 1999

106th Congress, 1999–2000. Text as of Jul 20, 1999 (Introduced).

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HR 2564 IH

106th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2564

To provide funds to the National Center for Rural Law Enforcement.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 20, 1999

Mr. HUTCHINSON (for himself, Ms. HOOLEY of Oregon, Mr. BALDACCI, Mr. NORWOOD, Mr. FROST, Mr. SCHAFFER, Mr. SHOWS, Mr. MCHUGH, Mr. PETERSON of Pennsylvania, Mr. BARCIA, Mr. HERGER, Mr. LUCAS of Oklahoma, Mr. DICKEY, Mr. OXLEY, Mr. HAYWORTH, Mr. YOUNG of Alaska, Mr. COOK, Mr. ALLEN, Mr. SNYDER, Mr. SPRATT, Mr. FRANK of Massachusetts, Mr. DELAHUNT, Mr. BLUMENAUER, Mr. DEFAZIO, Mr. KIND, and Mr. LATOURETTE) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To provide funds to the National Center for Rural Law Enforcement.

    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 ‘Rural Law Enforcement Assistance Act of 1999’.

SEC. 2. FUNDING TO NATIONAL CENTER FOR RURAL LAW ENFORCEMENT.

    (a) FUNDING AUTHORITY- The Attorney General shall provide funds, subject to appropriations, to the National Center for Rural Law Enforcement if the Executive Director of the Center certifies, in writing, to the Attorney General that the Center--

      (1) is incorporated in accordance with applicable State laws;

      (2) is in compliance with the by-laws of the Center;

      (3) shall use amounts made available under this section in accordance with subsection (b); and

      (4) shall not support any political party or candidate for elected or appointed office.

    (b) USES OF FUNDS-

      (1) REQUIRED USES OF FUNDS- The Center shall use funds made available under this section to develop an educational program for employees of law enforcement agencies serving rural areas which shall include--

        (A) the development and delivery of management education and training, technical assistance, practical research and evaluation, and computer and forensic education and training for employees of law enforcement agencies serving rural areas, tribal law enforcement employees and railroad law enforcement employees, including supervisory and executive managers of those agencies;

        (B) conducting research into the causes and prevention of criminal activity in rural areas, including the causes, assessment, evaluation, analysis, and prevention of criminal activity;

        (C) the development and dissemination of information designed to assist States and units of local government in rural areas throughout the United States;

        (D) the establishment and maintenance of a resource and information center for the collection, preparation, and dissemination of information regarding criminal justice and law enforcement in rural areas, including programs for the prevention of crime and recidivism; and

        (E) the delivery of assistance, in a consulting capacity, to criminal justice agencies in the development, establishment, maintenance, and coordination of programs, facilities and services, training, and research relating to crime in rural areas.

      (2) PERMISSIVE USES OF FUNDS- The Center may use funds made available under this section to enhance the educational program developed under paragraph (1), through--

        (A) educational opportunities for rural law enforcement agencies;

        (B) the development, promotion, and voluntary adoption of educational and training standards and accreditation certification programs for law enforcement agencies serving rural areas and the employees of those agencies;

        (C) grants to, and contracts with, State, and local governments, law enforcement agencies, public and private agencies, educational institutions, and other organizations and individuals to carry out this paragraph;

        (D) the formulation and recommendation of law enforcement policy, goals, and standards in rural areas applicable to criminal justice agencies, organizations, institutions, and personnel; and

        (E) coordination with institutions of higher education for the purpose of encouraging programs of study for law enforcement in rural areas at such institutions.

    (c) POWERS- In carrying out subsection (b), the Executive Director may--

      (1) request the head of any Federal department or agency to detail, on a reimbursable basis, any of the personnel of that department or agency to the Center to assist it in carrying out its duties under this Act;

      (2) request the Administrator of the General Services Administration to provide the Center, on a reimbursable basis, the administrative support services necessary for the Center to carry out its responsibilities under this Act; and

      (3) procure temporary and intermittent services under section 3109(b) of title 5, United States Code, at rates of compensation established by the Board, but not to exceed the daily equivalent of the maximum rate of pay payable for a position at level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 5, United States Code.

    (d) TRAVEL EXPENSES- For purposes of official travel, expenses shall be reimbursed, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in the same manner as such expenses are permitted under sections 5702 and 5703 of title 5, United States Code.

    (e) REPORTING REQUIREMENTS- The Center shall submit an annual report to the Attorney General that includes--

      (1) a description of the education and training program conducted by the Center;

      (2) the number and demographic representation of individuals who attended programs sponsored by the Center;

      (3) a description of the extent resources of other governmental agencies or private entities were used; and

      (5) a description of the extent contracts with other public and private resources were used.

    (f) DEFINITIONS- For purposes of this Act:

      (1) The term ‘Board’ means the members of the Board of the Center as elected according to its bylaws.

      (2) The term ‘Center’ means the National Center for Rural Law Enforcement, a nonprofit corporation located in Little Rock, Arkansas.

      (3) The term ‘Executive Director’ means the Executive Director of the Center as appointed according to the bylaws of the Center.

      (4) The term ‘metropolitan statistical area’ has the same meaning given such term by the Bureau of the Census.

      (5) The term ‘rural law enforcement agency’ means a law enforcement agency that serves a city, town, township, borough, or village outside a metropolitan statistical area.

    (g) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this section--

      (1) $22,000,000 for fiscal year 2000; and

      (2) such sums as may be necessary for each of fiscal years 2001 through 2005.