IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 29, 2017
Mr. McCain introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Indian Affairs
To amend the PROTECT Act to make Indian tribes eligible for AMBER Alert grants.
This Act may be cited as the
AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2017.
AMBER Alert grants for Indian tribes
Section 304 of the PROTECT Act (42 U.S.C. 5791c) is amended—
in subsection (a), by inserting
and Indian tribes after
in subsection (b)—
in paragraph (3), by striking
and at the end;
by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (5); and
by inserting after paragraph (3) the following:
the integration of State or regional AMBER Alert communication plans with an Indian tribe; and
in subsection (c)—
The Federal and inserting the following:
Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Federal
by adding at the end the following:
Waiver of Federal share
If the Attorney General determines that an Indian tribe does not have sufficient funds available to comply with the Federal share requirement under paragraph (1) for the cost of activities funded by a grant for the purpose described in subsection (b)(4), the Attorney General may increase the Federal share of the costs for such activities to the extent the Attorney General determines necessary.
in subsection (e), by striking
for grants under and inserting
and standards to improve accountability and transparency for grants awarded under;
by redesignating subsection (f) as subsection (g);
by inserting after subsection (e) the following:
Definition of Indian tribe
In this section, the term Indian tribe means a federally recognized Indian tribe or a Native village, Regional Corporation, or Village Corporation (as those terms are defined in section 3 of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1602)).
in subsection (g)(1), as so redesignated—
2004 each place it appears and inserting
subsection (b)(3) and inserting
paragraphs (3) and (4) of subsection (b).
Report to Congress
Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Attorney General shall submit a report evaluating the readiness, education, and training needs, technological challenges, and specific obstacles encountered by Indian tribes in the integration of State or regional AMBER Alert communication plans to—
the Committee on Indian Affairs of the Senate;
the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate;
the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives; and
the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives.