H.R. 180: National Blue Alert Act of 2013

Jan 04, 2013
Passed House
75% chance of being enacted
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S. 357 (same title)
Reported by Committee — Sep 19, 2013

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Michael Grimm
Representative for New York's 11th congressional district
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May 15, 2013
12 pages
Related Bills
H.R. 365 (112th) was a previous version of this bill.

Passed House
Last Action: May 15, 2012

S. 357 (identical)

Reported by Committee
Last Action: Sep 19, 2013


This bill passed in the House on May 14, 2013 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Introduced Jan 04, 2013
Referred to Committee Jan 04, 2013
Reported by Committee May 07, 2013
Passed House May 14, 2013
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...

75% chance of being enacted.

Only about 23% of bills that made it past committee in 2011–2013 were enacted. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To encourage, enhance, and integrate Blue Alert plans throughout the United States in order to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.


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On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended
May 14, 2013 6:52 p.m.
Passed 406/2

14 cosponsors (8D, 6R) (show)

House Judiciary

Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations

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5/14/2013--Passed House amended.
National Blue Alert Act of 2013 - Directs the Attorney General to: (1) establish a national Blue Alert communications network within the Department of Justice (DOJ) to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, in coordination with federal, state, and local Blue Alert plans; and (2) assign an existing DOJ officer to act as the national coordinator of the Blue Alert communications network.
Sets forth the duties of the national coordinator, including:
(1) providing assistance to states and local governments that are using Blue Alert plans;
(2) establishing voluntary guidelines for states and local governments to use in developing such plans;
(3) developing protocols for efforts to apprehend suspects;
(4) working with states to ensure appropriate regional coordination of various elements of the network;
(5) establishing an advisory group to assist states, local governments, law enforcement agencies, and other entities in initiating, facilitating, and promoting Blue Alert plans;
(6) acting as the nationwide point of contact for the development of the network and the regional coordination of Blue Alerts through the network; and
(7) determining what procedures and practices are in use for notifying law enforcement and the public when a law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured in the line of duty and which of the procedures and practices are effective and do not require the expenditure of additional resources to implement.
Requires the guidelines to: (1) provide that appropriate information relating to a Blue Alert is disseminated to officials of law enforcement, public health, and other agencies; and (2) provide mechanisms that ensure that Blue Alerts comply with all applicable federal, state, and local privacy laws and regulations and include standards that specifically provide for the protection of the civil liberties of law enforcement officers and their families.
Prohibits the coordinator from: (1) performing any official travel for the sole purpose of carrying out the duties of the coordinator, (2) lobbying any officer of a state regarding the funding or implementation of a Blue Alert plan, or (3) hosting a conference focused solely on the Blue Alert program that requires the expenditure of federal funds.
Directs the coordinator to annually submit a report on the coordinator's activities and the effectiveness and status of the Blue Alert plans that are in effect or being developed.

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