S. 251 (111th): Safe Prisons Communications Act of 2009


Jan 15, 2009
111th Congress, 2009–2010

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the Senate on October 5, 2009 but was never passed by the House.


Kay Hutchison

Senator from Texas



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Last Updated: Oct 6, 2009
Length: 21 pages

About the bill

Full Title

A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to permit targeted interference with mobile radio services within prison facilities.

Summary (CRS)

Section2 - Amends the Communications Act of 1934 to authorize the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to permit the supervisory authority of a correctional facility to operate a jamming system within ... Read more >

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.


Jan 15, 2009

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Aug 5, 2009
Reported by Committee

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Oct 5, 2009
Passed Senate

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

This is a Senate bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “S.” in “S. 251”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


13 cosponsors (7R, 5D, 1I) (show)
Committee Assignments

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There have been no roll call votes related to this bill.

Related Bills

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H.R. 560 (identical)

Referred to Committee
Last Action: Jan 15, 2009

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