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H.R. 426 (115th): Protecting Lives Using Surplus Equipment Act of 2017

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 10, 2017 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 426

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 10, 2017

(for himself, Mr. Olson, Mr. Hensarling, Mr. Brady of Texas, Mr. Barletta, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Johnson of Ohio, Mr. Huizenga, Mr. Meehan, Mr. Byrne, and Mr. Moolenaar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, 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

A BILL

To prohibit any regulation, rule, guidance, recommendation, or policy issued after May 15, 2015, that limits the sale or donation of excess property of the Federal Government to State and local agencies for law enforcement activities, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protecting Lives Using Surplus Equipment Act of 2017.

2.

General prohibition

No regulation, rule, guidance, recommendation, or policy issued after May 15, 2015, that limits the sale or donation of excess property of the Federal Government, including excess property of the Department of Defense, to State and local agencies for law enforcement activities (whether pursuant to section 2576a of title 10, United States Code, or any other provision of law, or as a condition on the use of Federal funds) shall have any force or effect unless enacted into law by Congress.

3.

Limitation on Federal funds

No agency or instrumentality of the Federal Government may use any Federal funds, fees, or resources to implement such regulation, rule, guidance, recommendation, or policy.

4.

Return or reissue of equipment recalled or seized

Any property recalled or seized on or after May 15, 2015, pursuant to a regulation, rule, guidance, recommendation, or policy described in section 1 shall be returned, replaced, or reissued to the State or local agency from which it was recalled or seized, at no cost to such agency, as soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act.