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H.R. 5476 (114th): Honoring Hometown Heroes Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 14, 2016 (Introduced).



2d Session

H. R. 5476


June 14, 2016

(for himself, Mr. King of New York, Mr. Pascrell, Mr. Reichert, Mr. Walz, Mr. Courtney, Ms. DeLauro, Ms. Esty, Mr. Himes, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Capuano, and Mr. Meeks) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To amend title 4, United States Code, to provide for the flying of the flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in the line of duty.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Honoring Hometown Heroes Act.


Permitting the flag to be flown at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder serving in the line of duty



The sixth sentence of section 7(m) of title 4, United States Code, is amended—


by striking or after possession of the United States and inserting a comma;


by inserting or the death of a first responder working in any State, territory, or possession who dies while serving in the line of duty, after while serving on active duty,;


by striking and after former officials of the District of Columbia and inserting a comma; and


by inserting before the period the following: , and first responders working in the District of Columbia.


First responder defined

Such subsection is further amended—


in paragraph (2), by striking , United States Code; and and inserting a semicolon;


in paragraph (3), by striking the period at the end and inserting ; and; and


by adding at the end the following new paragraph:


the term first responder means a public safety officer as defined in section 1204 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b).



Effective date

The amendments made by this Act shall apply with respect to deaths of first responders occurring on or after the date of the enactment of this Act.