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Text of the See Something, Say Something Act of 2009

This bill was introduced on April 23, 2009, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Apr 23, 2009 (Introduced).

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111th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2064

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 23, 2009

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

A BILL

To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide immunity for reports of suspected terrorist activity or suspicious behavior and response.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the See Something, Say Something Act of 2009.

2.

Amendment to the Homeland Security Act of 2002

(a)

In general

Subtitle H of title VIII of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 451 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

890A.

Immunity for reports of suspected terrorist activity or suspicious behavior and response

(a)

Immunity for reports of suspected terrorist activity or suspicious behavior and response

(1)

In general

Any person who, in good faith and based on objectively reasonable suspicion, makes, or causes to be made, a voluntary report of covered activity to an authorized official shall be immune from civil liability under Federal, State, and local law for such report.

(2)

False reports

Paragraph (1) shall not apply to any report that the person knew to be false or was made with reckless disregard for the truth at the time that the person made that report.

(b)

Immunity for response

(1)

In general

Any authorized official who observes, or receives a report of, covered activity and takes reasonable action in good faith to respond to such activity shall have qualified immunity from civil liability for such action, consistent with applicable law in the relevant jurisdiction. An authorized official as defined by subsection (d)(1)(A) not entitled to assert the defense of qualified immunity shall nonetheless be immune from civil liability under Federal, State, and local law if such authorized official takes reasonable action, in good faith, to respond to the reported activity.

(2)

Savings clause

Nothing in this subsection shall—

(A)

affect the ability of any authorized official to assert any defense, privilege, or immunity that would otherwise be available; and

(B)

be construed as affecting any such defense, privilege, or immunity.

(c)

Attorney fees and costs

Any authorized official or other person found to be immune from civil liability under this section shall be entitled to recover from the plaintiff all reasonable costs and attorney fees.

(d)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Authorized official

The term authorized official means—

(A)

any officer, employee, or agent of the Federal Government with responsibility for preventing, protecting against, disrupting, or responding to a covered activity; or

(B)

any Federal, State, or local law enforcement officer.

(2)

Covered activity

The term covered activity means any suspicious transaction, activity, or occurrence indicating that an individual may be engaging, or preparing to engage, in a violation of law relating to an act of terrorism (as that term is defined in section 3077 of title 18, United States Code).

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(b)

Amendment to the table of contents

The table of contents for the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting at the end of the items relating to subtitle H of title VIII the following new item:

Sec. 890A. Immunity for reports of suspected terrorist activity or suspicious behavior and response.

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