H.R. 206 (111th): State Defense Force Improvement Act

Jan 06, 2009 (111th Congress, 2009–2010)
Died (Referred to Committee)
Joe Wilson
Representative for South Carolina's 2nd congressional district
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8 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 826 (110th) was a previous version of this bill.

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Feb 05, 2007


This bill was introduced on January 6, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

Introduced Jan 06, 2009
Referred to Committee Jan 06, 2009
Full Title

To amend title 32, United States Code, to improve the readiness of State defense forces and to increase military coordination for homeland security between the States and the Department of Defense.


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8 cosponsors (7R, 1D) (show)

House Armed Services

Intelligence, Emerging Threats and Capabilities

House Homeland Security

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State Defense Force Improvement Act - Recognizes state defense forces as integral military components of the homeland security effort of the United States, while reaffirming that such forces remain entirely state regulated, organized, and equipped, and recognizing that they will be used for homeland security purposes exclusively at the local level under state law.
Authorizes the Secretary of Defense to coordinate homeland security efforts with, and provide assistance (including the use of Department of Defense (DOD) property, arms, equipment, and facilities) to, a state defense force, upon request.
Leaves participation by a state defense force in a DOD or Department of Homeland Security (DHS) training program to state discretion.
Requires a state to reimburse DOD for training assistance costs.
Provides that funds available to DOD may not be made available to a state defense force.
Makes the state liable for any injuries or damages incurred by a defense force member while engaged in training activities or state active duty.

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