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H.R. 6919 - Coordinating and Leveraging Activities for School Security Act

Introduced: 2018-09-26
Bill Status: Referred to the Subcommittee on Emergency Preparedness, Response and Communications.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 6919


    To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a school security coordinating council, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 26, 2018

    Mr. Payne (for himself and Mr. Thompson of Mississippi) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Homeland Security


A BILL

    To amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to establish a school security coordinating council, and for other purposes.

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 “Coordinating and Leveraging Activities for School Security Act” or the “CLASS Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. School security coordinating council.

(a) In general.—Title VII of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 (6 U.S.C. 341 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following new section:

“SEC. 710. School security coordinating council.

“(a) Establishment.—There is established in the Department a coordinating council to ensure that, to the maximum extent practicable, activities, plans, and policies to enhance the security of an early childhood education program, elementary school, high school, or secondary schools against an act of terrorism are coordinated.

“(b) Composition.—The members of the council established pursuant to subsection (a) shall include the following:

“(1) The Under Secretary for Strategy, Policy, and Plans.

“(2) The Under Secretary responsible for overseeing critical infrastructure protection, cybersecurity, and other related programs of the Department under section 103(a)(1)(H).

“(3) The Administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

“(4) The Director of the Secret Service.

“(5) The Executive Director of the Office of Academic Engagement.

“(6) The Assistant Secretary for Public Affairs.

“(7) Any other official of the Department the Secretary determines appropriate.

“(c) Leadership.—The Secretary shall designate a member of the council to serve as chair of the council.

“(d) Reports.—Not later than January 30, 2020, and annually thereafter, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Homeland Security of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs of the Senate a report regarding the council’s activities during the preceding year, including information on any metrics regarding the efficacy of such activities.

“(e) Definitions.—In this section, the terms ‘early childhood education program’, ‘elementary school’, ‘high school’, and ‘secondary school’ have the meanings given such terms in section 8101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801).”.

(b) Clerical amendment.—The table of contents in section 1(b) of the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 709 the following new item:

“Sec. 710. School security coordinating council.”.


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