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H.R. 1465: Right to Remain Safe Act of 2021


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 1, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1465

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 1, 2021

(for herself, Mr. Gimenez, and Ms. Salazar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To require a local government to waive sovereign immunity to receive any grant funds from the Department of Justice if such local government has defunded a municipal police department, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Right to Remain Safe Act of 2021.

2.

Ineligibility for Department of Justice grants with respect to defunding a municipal police department

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, to be eligible for any grant funding from the Department of Justice, a local government applying for such a grant shall certify to the Attorney General that the municipal police department of such local government has not been defunded in either the current or prior fiscal year in which the local government is applying for such grant.

(b)

Exceptions

(1)

Inability to pay

A local government that demonstrates that the municipal police department was defunded because of an inability to pay, including demonstrating decreases throughout the budget of the local government, shall be eligible for grant funding from the Department of Justice.

(2)

Waiver of sovereign immunity

A local government that has defunded the municipal police department shall be eligible for grant funding from the Department of Justice if such local government waives sovereign immunity with respect to a cause of action against the local government by an individual for property damages or damages for personal injuries as a result of the municipal police department being defunded.

(c)

Local government defined

In this section, the term local government means a municipality, city, town, township, a rural community, or unincorporated town or village.