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S. 1539: Protecting Faith-Based and Nonprofit Organizations From Terrorism Act of 2019

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Following a string of mass shootings at churches, synagogues, and mosques in the past few years, should the government do more to beef up security at such locations?

Context

26 attendees died in a 2017 mass shooting at a Texas church. 11 attendees died in a 2018 mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue. Nine parishioners died in a 2015 mass shooting at a South Carolina church. 51 people died in May’s mass shooting at a New Zealand mosque.

While federal facilities are extremely well-protected, so-called “soft targets” such as houses of worship are another story. Should the federal government be helping to protect more of those as well?

What the legislation does

New legislation would create a new program within the Department of Homeland Security to provide grants for ...

Sponsor and status

Robert “Rob” Portman

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Ohio. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 10, 2019
Length: 6 pages
Introduced
May 16, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted, so there will not likely be further activity on this bill.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 2476: Securing American Nonprofit Organizations Against Terrorism Act of 2019
Enacted — Signed by the President on Jan 24, 2020. (compare text)
Prognosis
2% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
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Position statements

What legislators are saying

Robs Rundown: Week of December 16 December 20, 2019
    — Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH] (Sponsor) on Dec 20, 2019

Peters, Portman Seek to Increase Security Resources for Faith-Based Institutions & Nonprofit Organizations
    — Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 5, 2019

Bipartisan Bill Backed by Senators Rosen and Lankford to Increase Security For Houses Of Worship Signed Into Law
    — Sen. Jacky Rosen [D-NV] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 27, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates S. 1539 will add $368 million in new spending through 2029.

History

May 16, 2019
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jun 19, 2019
 
Ordered Reported

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Sep 10, 2019
 
Reported by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

S. 1539 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1539. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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