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H.R. 723 (114th): Fallen Heroes Flag Act of 2015


The text of the bill below is as of May 13, 2015 (Referred to Senate Committee).


IIB

114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 723

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 13, 2015

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration

AN ACT

To provide Capitol-flown flags to the immediate family of fire fighters, law enforcement officers, members of rescue squads or ambulance crews, and public safety officers who are killed in the line of duty.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Fallen Heroes Flag Act of 2015.

2.

Providing capitol-flown flags for families of law enforcement and rescue squad workers killed in the line of duty

(a)

In general

At the request of the immediate family of a fire fighter, law enforcement officer, member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew, or public safety officer who died in the line of duty, the Representative of the family may provide the family with a Capitol-flown flag, together with the certificate described in subsection (c).

(b)

No cost to family

A flag provided under this section shall be provided at no cost to the family.

(c)

Certificate

The certificate described in this subsection is a certificate which is signed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the Representative providing the flag, and which contains an expression of sympathy from the House of Representatives for the family involved, as prepared and developed by the Clerk of the House of Representatives.

(d)

Definitions

In this section—

(1)

the term Capitol-flown flag means a United States flag flown over the United States Capitol in honor of the deceased individual for whom such flag is requested; and

(2)

the term Representative includes a Delegate or Resident Commissioner to the Congress.

3.

Regulations and procedures

(a)

In general

Not later than 30 days after the date of the date of the enactment of this Act, the Clerk shall issue regulations for carrying out this Act, including regulations to establish procedures (including any appropriate forms, guidelines, and accompanying certificates) for requesting a Capitol-flown flag.

(b)

Approval by committee on house administration

The regulations issued by the Clerk under subsection (a) shall take effect upon approval by the Committee on House Administration of the House of Representatives.

4.

Authorization of appropriations

There are authorized to be appropriated for each of the fiscal years 2015 through 2020 such sums as may be necessary to carry out this Act, to be derived from amounts appropriated in each such fiscal year for the operation of the Capitol Visitor Center, except that the aggregate amount appropriated to carry out this Act for all such fiscal years may not exceed $30,000.

5.

Effective date

This Act shall take effect on the date of its enactment, except that no flags may be provided under section 2 until the Committee on House Administration of the House of Representatives approves the regulations issued by the Clerk of the House of Representatives under section 3.

Passed the House of Representatives May 12, 2015.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk