Summary

5/14/2013--Passed House amended. National Blue Alert Act of 2013 - Directs the Attorney General to: (1) establish a national Blue Alert communications network within the Department of Justice... Read More

Status

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 14, 2013 but was never passed by the Senate.

Bill Text

A BILL

To encourage, enhance, and integrate Blue Alert plans throughout the United States in order to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``National Blue Alert Act of 2013''.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

In this Act: (1) Coordinator.--The term ``Coordinator'' means the Blue Alert Coordinator of the Department of Justice designated under section 4(a). (2) Blue alert.--The term ``Blue Alert'' means information relating to the serious injury or death of a law enforcement officer in the line of duty sent through the network. (3) Blue alert plan.--The term ``Blue Alert plan'' means the plan of a State, unit of local government, or Federal agency participating in the network for the dissemination of information received as a Blue Alert. (4) Law enforcement officer.--The term ``law enforcement officer'' shall have the same meaning as in section 1204 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b(6)). (5) Network.--The term ``network'' means the Blue Alert communications network established by the Attorney General under section 3. (6) State.--The term ``State'' means each of the 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.

SEC. 3. BLUE ALERT COMMUNICATIONS NETWORK.

The Attorney General shall establish a national...

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I oppose H.R. 180: National Blue Alert Act of 2013 because...I haven't heard anyone raising hell in my case of a law officer, judge or DA lying, not turning over evidence, not allowing evidence in along with other violations and misconduct that has costs me over $15,000 and counting because I wouldn't plead guilty to something I didn't do. People, stop perpetuating the problem by taking plea bargains just to be done with it! It's starting to bite everyone in the ass. Police corruption / brutality is on the rise with a bullet, judicial misconduct is worse than ever before and becoming the "norm". I for one don't want my kids/grand kids to grow up in a police state which is where we are at.

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citizenonwatch
TX-4
1 year ago

I oppose H.R. 180: National Blue Alert Act of 2013 because...if members of Congress are so concerned about spending why are we creating new spending legislation. This system need not be enacted by the federal government but rather among state law enforcement. The cost of $1 million necessary investment considering the financial state this country is in and shows how incompetent out Congress by addressing new spending when it should be addressing spending cuts and increased revenue.

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AZ
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jima67
AZ-4
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 180: National Blue Alert Act of 2013 because the LAST thing we need is another regulation. A nobel cause, but an unnessary cost.

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AZ
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Anonymous877581
AZ-4
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 180: National Blue Alert Act of 2013 because...it is another federal government overreach and wastes even more tax money.

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freethepeople
SD-0
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 180: National Blue Alert Act of 2013 because it is a waste of money.

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aogail
OR-1
2 years ago

I oppose H.R. 180: National Blue Alert Act of 2013 because...the media already does this

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MrsJeck
MN-4
2 years ago

Bill Summary

5/14/2013--Passed House amended. National Blue Alert Act of 2013 - Directs the Attorney General to: (1) establish a national Blue Alert communications network within the Department of Justice (DOJ) to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty, in coordination with federal, state, and local Blue Alert plans; and (2) assign an existing DOJ officer to act as the national coordinator of the Blue Alert communications network. Sets forth the duties of the national coordinator, including: (1) providing assistance to states and local governments that are using Blue Alert plans; (2) establishing voluntary guidelines for states and local governments to use in developing such plans; (3) developing protocols for efforts to apprehend suspects; (4) working with states to ensure appropriate regional coordination of various elements of the network; (5) establishing an advisory group to assist states, local governments, law enforcement agencies, and other entities in initiating, facilitating, and promoting Blue Alert plans; (6) acting as the nationwide point of contact for the development of the network and the regional coordination of Blue Alerts through the network; and (7) determining what procedures and practices are in use for notifying law enforcement and the public when a law enforcement officer is killed or seriously injured in the line of duty and which of the procedures and practices are effective and do not require the expenditure of additional resources to implement. Requires the guidelines to: (1) provide that appropriate information relating to a Blue Alert is disseminated to officials of law enforcement, public health, and other agencies; and (2) provide mechanisms that ensure that Blue Alerts comply with all applicable federal, state, and local privacy laws and regulations and include standards that specifically provide for the protection of the civil liberties of law enforcement officers and their families. Prohibits the coordinator from: (1) performing any official travel for the sole purpose of carrying out the duties of the coordinator, (2) lobbying any officer of a state regarding the funding or implementation of a Blue Alert plan, or (3) hosting a conference focused solely on the Blue Alert program that requires the expenditure of federal funds. Directs the coordinator to annually submit a report on the coordinator's activities and the effectiveness and status of the Blue Alert plans that are in effect or being developed.

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