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S. 3461 - AMBER Alert Nationwide Act of 2018
Sponsor: Brian Schatz (D)
Introduced: 2018-12-13
Bill Status: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3461


AN ACT

    To amend the PROTECT Act to expand the national AMBER Alert system to territories of the United States, 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 “AMBER Alert Nationwide Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Cooperation with Department of Homeland Security.

Subtitle A of title III of the PROTECT Act (34 U.S.C. 20501 et seq.) is amended—

(1) in section 301—

(A) in subsection (b)—

(i) in paragraph (1), by inserting after “gaps in areas of interstate travel” the following: “(including airports, maritime ports, border crossing areas and checkpoints, and ports of exit from the United States)”; and

(ii) in paragraphs (2) and (3), by inserting “, territories of the United States, and tribal governments” after “States”; and

(B) in subsection (d), by inserting after “Secretary of Transportation” the following: “, the Secretary of Homeland Security,”; and

(2) in section 302—

(A) in subsection (b), in paragraphs (2), (3), and (4) by inserting “, territorial, tribal,” after “State”; and

(B) in subsection (c)—

(i) in paragraph (1), by inserting after “Secretary of Transportation” the following: ‘‘, the Secretary of Homeland Security,”; and

(ii) in paragraph (2), by inserting “, territorial, tribal,” after “State”.

SEC. 3. AMBER Alerts along major transportation routes.

(a) In general.—Section 303 of the PROTECT Act (34 U.S.C. 20503) is amended—

(1) in the section heading, by inserting after “along highways” the following: “and major transportation routes”;

(2) in subsection (a)—

(A) by inserting after “Secretary of Transportation” the following: “(referred to in this section as the ‘Secretary’)”; and

(B) by inserting after “along highways” the following: “and at airports, maritime ports, border crossing areas and checkpoints, and ports of exit from the United States”;

(3) in subsection (b)—

(A) in paragraph (1)—

(i) by striking “other motorist information systems to notify motorists” and inserting “other information systems to notify motorists, aircraft passengers, ship passengers, and travelers”; and

(ii) by inserting after “necessary to notify motorists” the following: “, aircraft passengers, ship passengers, and travelers”;

(B) in paragraph (2)—

(i) in subparagraph (A), by striking “other motorist information systems to notify motorists” and inserting “other information systems to notify motorists, aircraft passengers, ship passengers, and travelers”;

(ii) in subparagraph (D), by inserting after “support the notification of motorists” the following: “, aircraft passengers, ship passengers, and travelers”;

(iii) in subparagraph (E), by inserting after “motorists”, each place it appears, the following: “, aircraft passengers, ship passengers, and travelers”;

(iv) in subparagraph (F), by inserting after “motorists” the following: “, aircraft passengers, ship passengers, and travelers”; and

(v) in subparagraph (G), by inserting after “motorists” the following: “, aircraft passengers, ship passengers, and travelers”;

(4) in subsection (c), by striking “other motorist information systems to notify motorists”, each place it appears, and inserting “other information systems to notify motorists, aircraft passengers, ship passengers, and travelers”;

(5) by amending subsection (d) to read as follows:

“(d) Federal share.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Federal share of the cost of any activities funded by a grant under this section may not exceed 80 percent.

“(2) WAIVER.—If the Secretary determines that American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands of the United States is unable to comply with the requirement under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall waive such requirement.”;

(6) in subsection (g)—

(A) by striking “In this section” and inserting “In this subtitle”; and

(B) by striking “or Puerto Rico” and inserting “American Samoa, Guam, Puerto Rico, the Northern Mariana Islands, the Virgin Islands of the United States, and any other territory of the United States”; and

(7) in subsection (h), by striking “fiscal year 2004” and inserting “each of fiscal years 2018 through 2022”.

(b) Technical and conforming amendment.—The table of contents in section 1(b) of the PROTECT Act (Public Law 108–21) is amended by striking the item relating to section 303 and inserting the following:

“Sec. 303. Grant program for notification and communications systems along highways and major transportation routes for recovery of abducted children.”.

SEC. 4. AMBER Alert communication plans in the territories.

Section 304 of the PROTECT Act (34 U.S.C. 20504) is amended—

(1) in subsection (b)(4), by inserting after “with” the following: “a territorial government or”;

(2) by amending subsection (c) to read as follows:

“(c) Federal share.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Federal share of the cost of any activities funded by a grant under this section may not exceed 50 percent.

“(2) WAIVER.—If the Attorney General determines that American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States, or an Indian tribe is unable to comply with the requirement under paragraph (1), the Attorney General shall waive such requirement.”; and

(3) in subsection (d), by inserting before the period at the end the following: “, including territories of the United States”.

SEC. 5. Government Accountability Office report.

(a) In general.—Not later than 5 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General shall conduct a study assessing—

(1) the implementation of the amendments made by this Act;

(2) any challenges related to integrating the territories of the United States into the AMBER Alert system;

(3) the readiness, educational, technological, and training needs of territorial law enforcement agencies in responding to cases involving missing, abducted, or exploited children; and

(4) any other related matters the Attorney General or the Secretary of Transportation determines appropriate.

(b) Report required.—The Comptroller General shall submit a report on the findings of the study required under subsection (a) to—

(1) the Committees on the Judiciary of the Senate and the House of Representatives;

(2) the Committee on Environment and Public Works of the Senate;

(3) the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives; and

(4) each of the delegates or resident commissioner to the House of Representatives from American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands of the United States.

(c) Public availability.—The Comptroller General shall make the report required under subsection (b) available on a public Government website.

(d) Obtaining official data.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Comptroller General may secure information necessary to conduct the study under subsection (a) directly from any Federal agency and from any territorial government receiving grant funding under the PROTECT Act. Upon request of the Comptroller General, the head of a Federal agency or territorial government shall furnish the requested information to the Comptroller General.

(2) AGENCY RECORDS.—Notwithstanding paragraph (1), nothing in this subsection shall require a Federal agency or any territorial government to produce records subject to a common law evidentiary privilege. Records and information shared with the Comptroller General shall continue to be subject to withholding under sections 552 and 552a of title 5, United States Code. The Comptroller General is obligated to give the information the same level of confidentiality and protection required of the Federal agency or territorial government. The Comptroller General may be requested to sign a nondisclosure or other agreement as a condition of gaining access to sensitive or proprietary data to which the Comptroller General is entitled.

(3) PRIVACY OF PERSONAL INFORMATION.—The Comptroller General, and any Federal agency and any territorial government that provides information to the Comptroller General, shall take such actions as are necessary to ensure the protection of the personal information of a minor.

Passed the Senate December 13, 2018.

Attest:





Secretary  


115th CONGRESS
     2d Session
S. 3461

AN ACT
    To amend the PROTECT Act to expand the national AMBER Alert system to territories of the United States, and for other purposes.

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