S 955

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 955

To provide grants for the renovation, modernization or construction of law enforcement facilities.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

May 11, 2011

Mr. KERRY introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To provide grants for the renovation, modernization or construction of law enforcement facilities.

    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 `Protect Those Who Serve Act'.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act:

      (1) LAW ENFORCEMENT FACILITIES- The term `law enforcement facilities' means any building or facilities that houses State or local public safety officers that have law enforcement standing.

      (2) STATE- The term `State' means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa, Guam, the Virgin Islands, any territory or possession of the United States, and any Indian tribe.

SEC. 3. GRANTS.

    The Attorney General is authorized to make grants to States for the renovation, modernization, and construction of law enforcement facilities.

SEC. 4. MATCHING REQUIREMENT.

    (a) Matching Requirement- The matching requirements for this Act are as follows:

      (1) Law enforcement facilities serving populations of over 50,000 or more shall agree to match the Federal grant funds with an amount of non-Federal funds equal to 20 percent of the total project cost.

      (2) Law enforcement facilities serving populations between 20,000 and 50,000 shall agree to match the Federal grant funds with an amount of non-Federal funds equal to 10 percent of the total project cost.

      (3) Law enforcement facilities serving areas with a population of 20,000 or fewer shall agree to match the Federal grant funds with an amount of non-Federal funds equal to 5 percent of the total project cost.

    (b) Cost-Share- For purposes of this section, the regional projects' cost-share shall be based on the total population and demographics of the entire region.

SEC. 5. ADMINISTRATION.

    The Attorney General shall prescribe requirements, including application requirements, for grants under the program under this Act.

SEC. 6. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $500,000,000 for fiscal years 2012 through 2017.

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