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S. 3594 - Stamp Out Elder Abuse Act of 2018

Introduced: 2018-10-11
Bill Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S6818-6820)
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3594


    To provide for the issuance of a Stamp Out Elder Abuse Semipostal Stamp.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 11, 2018

    Ms. Collins (for herself, Mrs. McCaskill, and Ms. Klobuchar) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs


A BILL

    To provide for the issuance of a Stamp Out Elder Abuse Semipostal Stamp.

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 “Stamp Out Elder Abuse Act of 2018”.

SEC. 2. Stamp Out Elder Abuse Semipostal Stamp.

(a) Definitions.—In this section—

(1) the term “elder justice” has the meaning given that term in section 2011 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1397j);

(2) the term “elder abuse” has the meaning given that term in section 2 of the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act (34 U.S.C. 21701);

(3) the term “Postal Service” means the United States Postal Service;

(4) the term “semipostal stamp” has the meaning given the term “semipostal” in section 416(a)(1) of title 39, United States Code; and

(5) the term “Stamp Out Elder Abuse Semipostal Stamp” means the semipostal stamp issued under subsection (b).

(b) Issuance.—In order to afford a convenient way for members of the public to contribute to raising awareness of and combatting elder abuse and to funding for elder justice activities, the Postal Service shall issue a semipostal stamp in accordance with subsection (c).

(c) Terms and conditions.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in this subsection, the issuance and sale of, and the determination of amounts becoming available from the sale of, the Stamp Out Elder Abuse Semipostal Stamp shall be governed by section 416 of title 39, United States Code, and regulations issued under that section.

(2) DURATION.—The Postal Service shall make available to the public the Stamp Out Elder Abuse Semipostal Stamp for a period of not less than 2 years, beginning not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act.

(3) DISPOSITION OF PROCEEDS.—

(A) DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.—Half of the amounts becoming available from the sale of the Stamp Out Elder Abuse Semipostal Stamp shall be transferred to the Department of Justice, to remain available until expended, for the purposes of—

(i) prevention of and education regarding elder abuse;

(ii) investigation, prosecution, and litigation expenses relating to elder abuse;

(iii) data collection regarding elder abuse;

(iv) elder abuse victim services; and

(v) any other expense of the Department of Justice relating to elder abuse.

(B) ADMINISTRATION FOR COMMUNITY LIVING.—Half of the amounts becoming available from the sale of the Stamp Out Elder Abuse Semipostal Stamp shall be transferred to the Department of Health and Human Services, to remain available until expended, for the purposes of elder justice activities authorized under subtitle B of title XX of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C. 1397j et seq.).

(C) ADMINISTRATION OF TRANSFERS.—Transfers under this paragraph shall be made to the Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services not less frequently than 2 times a year and under such other arrangements as the Postal Service shall by mutual agreement with the applicable agency establish in order to carry out the purposes of this Act.

(D) PROCEEDS NOT TO BE OFFSET.—In accordance with section 416(d)(4) of title 39, United States Code, amounts becoming available from the sale of the Stamp Out Elder Abuse Semipostal Stamp shall not be taken into account in any decision relating to the level of appropriations or other Federal funding to be furnished in any year to the Department of Justice or the Department of Health and Human Services.

(4) LIMITATION.—The Stamp Out Elder Abuse Semipostal Stamp shall not be subject to, or taken into account for purposes of applying, any limitation under section 416(e)(1)(C) of title 39, United States Code.

(5) PROMOTION.—The Department of Justice and the Department of Health and Human Services may use Federal funds to promote the sale of the Stamp Out Elder Abuse Semipostal Stamp, which may include the preparation and dissemination of reports, brochures, or other appropriate materials to be made available to the public that describe elder justice issues and the benefits of the sale of the Stamp Out Elder Abuse Semipostal Stamp.


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