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HR 16 - SERVE Our Communities Act


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Having passed both houses of Congress, this bill is recommended to the President for his signature or veto.

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Representative DRAKE, for himself (and with thanks to Representative KATKO), introduced the following bill:

A BILL
To authorize grants for States, and units of local government that take efforts to stop enabling repeat violence, 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 “Stop Enabling Repeat Violence and Endangering Our Communities Act” or the “SERVE Our Communities Act”.

SEC. 2. SERVE OUR COMMUNITIES GRANT PROGRAM.

(a) Authorization.—The Attorney General, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance, is authorized to make grants to eligible States and units of local government for the purposes described in subsection (c).

(b) Eligibility.—In order to be eligible for a grant under this section, a State or unit of local government—

  (1) shall allow a State court or magistrate to consider the danger an individual poses to the community when determining bail or pretrial release conditions; and

  (2) shall have taken steps during the previous calendar year to prevent repeat offenses by violent offenders, including—

    (A) enacting a law that allows a State court or magistrate to consider the danger an individual poses to the community when determining bail or pretrial release conditions;

    (B) expanding efforts of that jurisdiction to hire and retain law enforcement officers and prosecutorial staff; or

    (C) administering a public education program to combat anti-police sentiment and improve community-police relations.

(c) Use Of Funds.—A State or unit of local government that receives a grant under this section may use such funds for the purposes described in section 211(b) of the Second Chance Act of 2007 (34 U.S.C. 60531(b)).

(d) Repayment. Any government unit which, in full or in large part, repeals or rescinds a measure or measures used to receive a grant under this Act without a substantially similar or stronger replacement, or which is found to be discretionarily generally not applying the measure(s) prior to the end of fiscal year 2029 shall be required to repay the grant in question to the federal government.

(e) Authorization Of Appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2023 through 2028 to carry out this section.

(f) Definitions.—In this section, the terms “State” and “unit of local government” have the meanings given such terms in section 901 of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10251).

 

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