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H.R. 4531: State And Federal Electronic Data Records to Improve Vehicle-operator Eligibility Reporting Systems Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 26, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4531

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 26, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

A BILL

To amend title 23, United States Code, to modify the permitted uses of grant funds for certain grants, to allow States to reallocate certain funds provided for national priority safety programs, to direct the Secretary of Transportation to award grants to improve interoperability among State and national traffic data systems, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the State And Federal Electronic Data Records to Improve Vehicle-operator Eligibility Reporting Systems Act of 2019 or the SAFE DRIVERS Act.

2.

National priority safety programs

Section 405 of title 23, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (a)(8)—

(A)

by striking Notwithstanding and inserting (A) In general—Notwithstanding; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

Reallocation

Notwithstanding paragraphs (1) through (7), a State may reallocate, in not more than 1 fiscal year, not more than 10 percent of funds allocated for programs described in such paragraphs to carry out activities described in subsection (c)(4)(D).

; and

(2)

in subsection (c)(4)—

(A)

by striking used for making and inserting

used for—

(A)

making

; and

(B)

by adding at the end the following:

(B)

developing or acquiring programs to identify, collect, and report data to State and local government agencies, and enter data, including crash, citation or adjudication, driver, emergency medical services or injury surveillance system, roadway, and vehicle, into the core highway safety databases of a State;

(C)

purchasing equipment to improve processes by which data is identified, collected, and reported to State and local government agencies;

(D)

linking core highway safety databases of a State with such databases of other States or with other data systems within the State, including systems that contain medical, roadway, and economic data;

(E)

improving the compatibility and interoperability of the core highway safety databases of the State with national data systems and data systems of other States;

(F)

enhancing the ability of a State and the Secretary to observe and analyze local, State, and national trends in crash occurrences, rates, outcomes, and circumstances;

(G)

supporting traffic records-related training and related expenditures for law enforcement, emergency medical, judicial, prosecutorial and traffic records professionals;

(H)

hiring traffic records professionals, including a Fatality Analysis Reporting System liaison for a State; and

(I)

conducting research on State traffic safety information systems, including developing and evaluating programs to improve core highway safety databases of such State and processes by which data is identified, collected, reported to State and local government agencies and entered into such core safety databases.

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3.

Grants to develop data sharing capabilities among State and national traffic data systems

(a)

Establishment

Beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Transportation shall award not more than 10 interoperability grants in a fiscal year to eligible entities to improve interoperability among State and national traffic data systems.

(b)

Initial grants

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall award 10 interoperability grants under subsection (a).

(c)

Applications

To be eligible to receive a grant under this section, an eligible entity shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary may require.

(d)

Total grant amounts

The total grant amounts awarded by the Secretary under subsection (a) may not exceed $50,000,000 in a fiscal year.

(e)

Use of grants

An eligible entity that receives a grant under this section shall use such grant to improve interoperability among State and national traffic data systems through—

(1)

data notification and the exchange of driver history and safety information between State drivers license agencies, including information that may impact the eligibility of a driver to obtain or maintain a motor vehicle operator’s license; and

(2)

other improvements to the interoperability among State and national traffic data systems as the Secretary determines appropriate.

(f)

Evaluation of grant applications

In awarding grants under this section, the Secretary shall evaluate applications from an eligible entity based on the following criteria:

(1)

The experience of the eligible entity in developing, implementing, or improving State traffic data systems.

(2)

The experience of the eligible entity in improving compatibility and interoperability among State and national traffic data systems.

(3)

The potential of the goals and outcomes stated in the application of an eligible entity to promote efficiency among, or to automate notifications between, the chief driver licensing officials of States when the drivers license eligibility of a driver may be impacted by an event in another State.

(4)

The potential for the proposed project of an eligible entity to be scaled or adopted nationally and by other States.

(5)

Any other factor that the Secretary determines appropriate.

(g)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Chief driver licensing official

The term chief driver licensing official has the meaning given the term in section 30301 of title 49, United States Code.

(2)

Eligible entity

The term eligible entity means—

(A)

a State driver licensing agency;

(B)

an organization that administers a State traffic data system; or

(C)

a consortium of entities described in subparagraphs (A) and (B).

(3)

Motor vehicle operator’s license

The term motor vehicle operator’s license has the meaning given the term in section 30301 of title 49, United States Code.

(4)

State drivers license agency

The term State drivers license agency means the agency of a State responsible for issuing motor vehicle operator’s licenses.