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H.R. 2355 (112th): Hallowed Grounds Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 24, 2011 (Introduced).



1st Session

H. R. 2355


June 24, 2011

(for herself, Mr. Luetkemeyer, Mr. Ryan of Ohio, Mr. Kissell, Mr. Latta, Mr. Bachus, Mr. Forbes, Mrs. McMorris Rodgers, Mr. Burton of Indiana, Mr. Denham, Mr. Alexander, Mr. Boustany, Mr. Davis of Kentucky, Mr. Stutzman, Mr. Gowdy, Mr. Pitts, Mr. Rogers of Alabama, Mr. Brooks, Mr. Hanna, Mr. Terry, Mr. Bilbray, Mr. Flake, Mr. Poe of Texas, Mr. Pompeo, Mr. Flores, Mr. Hensarling, Mr. Neugebauer, Mr. Carter, Mr. Thornberry, Mr. McCaul, Mr. Farenthold, Mrs. Ellmers, Mr. Nunnelee, Ms. Granger, Mr. Mack, Mr. Manzullo, Mr. Kingston, Mr. Jordan, and Mr. Akin) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and in addition to the Committee on Armed Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


To amend title 38, United States Code, to exclude individuals who have been convicted of committing certain sex offenses from receiving certain burial-related benefits and funeral honors which are otherwise available to certain veterans, members of the Armed Forces, and related individuals, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Hallowed Grounds Act.


Exclusion of persons convicted of committing certain sex offenses from interment or memorialization in national cemeteries, Arlington National Cemetery, and certain State veterans’ cemeteries and from receiving certain funeral honors


Prohibition Against

Section 2411(b) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


A person who is a tier III sex offender for purposes of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act.



Effective Date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall apply with respect to interments and memorializations that occur on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.