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Text of the Mychal Judge Police and Fire Chaplains Public Safety Officers’ Benefit Act of 2002

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on June 24, 2002. The text of the bill below is as of May 1, 2002 (Introduced).

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S 2431 IS

107th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2431

To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to ensure that chaplains killed in the line of duty receive public safety officer death benefits.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 1, 2002

Mr. LEAHY (for himself, Mr. CAMPBELL, Mrs. CLINTON, and Mr. SCHUMER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to ensure that chaplains killed in the line of duty receive public safety officer death benefits.

    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 ‘Mychal Judge Police and Fire Chaplains Public Safety Officers’ Benefit Act of 2002’.

SEC. 2. BENEFITS FOR CHAPLAINS.

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

      (1) by redesignating paragraphs (2) through (7) as (3) through (8), respectively;

      (2) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

      ‘(2) ‘chaplain’ means any individual serving as an officially recognized or designated member of a legally organized volunteer fire department or legally organized police department, or an officially recognized or designated public employee of a legally organized fire or police department who was responding to a fire, rescue, or police emergency;’; and

      (3) in subparagraph (A) of paragraph (8), as redesignated by paragraph (1), by inserting after ‘firefighter,’ the following: ‘as a chaplain,’.

    (b) ELIGIBLE BENEFICIARIES- Section 1201(a) of such Act (42 U.S.C. 3796(a)) is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (3), by striking ‘or’ at the end;

      (2) by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (5); and

      (3) by inserting after paragraph (3) the following new paragraph:

      ‘(4) if there is no surviving spouse or surviving child, to the individual designated by such officer as beneficiary under such officer’s most recently executed life insurance policy, provided that such individual survived such officer; or’.

    (c) EFFECTIVE DATE- The amendments made by this section shall take effect on September 11, 2001, and shall apply to injuries or deaths that occur in the line of duty on or after such date.