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  2d Session
                                H. R. 4999



                           September 20, 2000

  Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


                                 AN ACT

      To control crime by providing law enforcement block grants.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ``Local Government Law Enforcement 
Block Grants Act of 2000''.


    (a) Payment and Use.--
            (1) Payment.--The Director of the Bureau of Justice 
        Assistance shall pay to each unit of local government which 
        qualifies for a payment under this Act an amount equal to the 
        sum of any amounts allocated to such unit under this Act for 
        each payment period. The Director shall pay such amount from 
        amounts appropriated to carry out this Act.
            (2) Use.--Amounts paid to a unit of local government under 
        this section shall be used by the unit for reducing crime and 
        improving public safety, including but not limited to, one or 
        more of the following purposes:
                    (A)(i) Hiring, training, and employing on a 
                continuing basis new, additional law enforcement 
                officers and necessary support personnel.
                    (ii) Paying overtime to presently employed law 
                enforcement officers and necessary support personnel 
                for the purpose of increasing the number of hours 
                worked by such personnel.
                    (iii) Procuring equipment, technology, and other 
                material directly related to basic law enforcement 
                    (B) Enhancing security measures--
                            (i) in and around schools; and
                            (ii) in and around any other facility or 
                        location which is considered by the unit of 
                        local government to have a special risk for 
                        incidents of crime.
                    (C) Establishing crime prevention programs that 
                may, though not exclusively, involve law enforcement 
                officials and that are intended to discourage, disrupt, 
                or interfere with the commission of criminal activity, 
                including neighborhood watch and citizen patrol 
                programs, sexual assault and domestic violence 
                programs, and programs intended to prevent juvenile 
                    (D) Establishing or supporting drug courts.
                    (E) Establishing early intervention and prevention 
                programs for juveniles to reduce or eliminate crime.
                    (F) Enhancing the adjudication process of cases 
                involving violent offenders, including the adjudication 
                process of cases involving violent juvenile offenders.
                    (G) Enhancing programs under subpart 1 of part E of 
                the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968.
                    (H) Establishing cooperative task forces between 
                adjoining units of local government to work 
                cooperatively to prevent and combat criminal activity, 
                particularly criminal activity that is exacerbated by 
                drug or gang-related involvement.
                    (I) Establishing a multijurisdictional task force, 
                particularly in rural areas, composed of law 
                enforcement officials representing units of local 
                government, that works with Federal law enforcement 
                officials to prevent and control crime.
            (3) Definitions.--For purposes of this subsection--
                    (A) the term ``violent offender'' means a person 
                charged with committing a part I violent crime; and
                    (B) the term ``drug courts'' means a program that 
                            (i) continuing judicial supervision over 
                        offenders with substance abuse problems who are 
                        not violent offenders; and
                            (ii) the integrated administration of other 
                        sanctions and services, which shall include--
                                    (I) mandatory periodic testing for 
                                the use of controlled substances or 
                                other addictive substances during any 
                                period of supervised release or 
                                probation for each participant;
                                    (II) substance abuse treatment for 
                                each participant;
                                    (III) probation, or other 
                                supervised release involving the 
                                possibility of prosecution, 
                                confinement, or incarceration based on 
                                noncompliance with program requirements 
                                or failure to show satisfactory 
                                progress; and
                                    (IV) programmatic, offender 
                                management, and aftercare services such 
                                as relapse prevention, vocational job 
                                training, job placement, and housing 
    (b) Prohibited Uses.--Notwithstanding any other provision of this 
Act, a unit of local government may not expend any of the funds 
provided under this Act to purchase, lease, rent, or otherwise 
            (1) tanks or armored personnel carriers;
            (2) fixed wing aircraft;
            (3) limousines;
            (4) real estate;
            (5) yachts;
            (6) consultants; or
            (7) vehicles not primarily used for law enforcement,
unless the Attorney General certifies that extraordinary and exigent 
circumstances exist that make the use of funds for such purposes 
essential to the maintenance of public safety and good order in such 
unit of local government.
    (c) Timing of Payments.--The Director shall pay each unit of local 
government that has submitted an application under this Act not later 
            (1) 90 days after the date that the amount is available; or
            (2) the first day of the payment period if the unit of 
        local government has provided the Director with the assurances 
        required by section 4(c),
whichever is later.
    (d) Adjustments.--
            (1) In general.--Subject to paragraph (2), the Director 
        shall adjust a payment under this Act to a unit of local 
        government to the extent that a prior payment to the unit of 
        local government was more or less than the amount required to 
        be paid.
            (2) Considerations.--The Director may increase or decrease 
        under this subsection a payment to a unit of local government 
        only if the Director determines the need for the increase or 
        decrease, or if the unit requests the increase or decrease, not 
        later than 1 year after the end of the payment period for which 
        a payment was made.
    (e) Reservation for Adjustment.--The Director may reserve a 
percentage of not more than 2 percent of the amount under this section 
for a payment period for all units of local government in a State if 
the Director considers the reserve is necessary to ensure the 
availability of sufficient amounts to pay adjustments after the final 
allocation of amounts among the units of local government in the State.
    (f) Repayment of Unexpended Amounts.--
            (1) Repayment required.--A unit of local government shall 
        repay to the Director, by not later than 27 months after 
        receipt of funds from the Director, any amount that is--
                    (A) paid to the unit from amounts appropriated 
                under the authority of this section; and
                    (B) not expended by the unit within 2 years after 
                receipt of such funds from the Director.
            (2) Penalty for failure to repay.--If the amount required 
        to be repaid is not repaid, the Director shall reduce payment 
        in future payment periods accordingly.
            (3) Deposit of amounts repaid.--Amounts received by the 
        Director as repayments under this subsection shall be deposited 
        in a designated fund for future payments to units of local 
        government. Any amounts remaining in such designated fund after 
        5 years following the enactment of the Local Government Law 
        Enforcement Block Grants Act of 2000 shall be applied to the 
        Federal deficit or, if there is no Federal deficit, to reducing 
        the Federal debt.
    (g) Nonsupplanting Requirement.--Funds made available under this 
Act to units of local government shall not be used to supplant State or 
local funds, but shall be used to increase the amount of funds that 
would, in the absence of funds made available under this Act, be made 
available from State or local sources.
    (h) Matching Funds.--
            (1) In general.--Except as provided in paragraph (2), the 
        Federal share of a grant received under this Act may not exceed 
        90 percent of the costs of a program or proposal funded under 
        this Act.
            (2) Exception for financial hardship.--The Director may 
        increase the Federal share under paragraph (1) up to 100 
        percent for a unit of local government upon a showing of 
        financial hardship by such unit.


    (a) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be 
appropriated to carry out this Act--
            (1) $2,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2001;
            (2) $2,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2002;
            (3) $2,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2003;
            (4) $2,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2004; and
            (5) $2,000,000,000 for fiscal year 2005.
    (b) Oversight Accountability and Administration.--Not more than 3 
percent of the amount authorized to be appropriated under subsection 
(a) for each of the fiscal years 2001 through 2005 shall be available 
to the Attorney General for studying the overall effectiveness and 
efficiency of the provisions of this Act, and assuring compliance with 
the provisions of this Act and for administrative costs to carry out 
the purposes of this Act. The Attorney General shall establish and 
execute an oversight plan for monitoring the activities of grant 
recipients. Such sums are to remain available until expended.
    (c) Technology Assistance.--The Attorney General shall reserve 1 
percent in each of fiscal years 2001 through 2003 of the amount 
authorized to be appropriated under subsection (a) for use by the 
National Institute of Justice in assisting local units to identify, 
select, develop, modernize, and purchase new technologies for use by 
law enforcement.
    (d) Availability.--The amounts authorized to be appropriated under 
subsection (a) shall remain available until expended.


    (a) In General.--The Director shall issue regulations establishing 
procedures under which a unit of local government is required to 
provide notice to the Director regarding the proposed use of funds made 
available under this Act.
    (b) Program Review.--The Director shall establish a process for the 
ongoing evaluation of projects developed with funds made available 
under this Act.
    (c) General Requirements for Qualification.--A unit of local 
government qualifies for a payment under this Act for a payment period 
only if the unit of local government submits an application to the 
Director and establishes, to the satisfaction of the Director, that--
            (1) the unit of local government has established a local 
        advisory board that--
                    (A) includes, but is not limited to, a 
                representative from--
                            (i) the local police department or local 
                        sheriff's department;
                            (ii) the local prosecutor's office;
                            (iii) the local court system;
                            (iv) the local public school system; and
                            (v) a local nonprofit, educational, 
                        religious, or community group active in crime 
                        prevention or drug use prevention or treatment;
                    (B) has reviewed the application; and
                    (C) is designated to make nonbinding 
                recommendations to the unit of local government for the 
                use of funds received under this Act;
            (2) the chief executive officer of the State has had not 
        less than 20 days to review and comment on the application 
        prior to submission to the Director;
            (3)(A) the unit of local government will establish a trust 
        fund in which the government will deposit all payments received 
        under this Act; and
            (B) the unit of local government will use amounts in the 
        trust fund (including interest) during a period not to exceed 2 
        years from the date the first grant payment is made to the unit 
        of local government;
            (4) the unit of local government will expend the payments 
        received in accordance with the laws and procedures that are 
        applicable to the expenditure of revenues of the unit of local 
            (5) the unit of local government will use accounting, 
        audit, and fiscal procedures that conform to guidelines which 
        shall be prescribed by the Director after consultation with the 
        Comptroller General and as applicable, amounts received under 
        this Act shall be audited in compliance with the Single Audit 
        Act of 1984;
            (6) after reasonable notice from the Director or the 
        Comptroller General to the unit of local government, the unit 
        of local government will make available to the Director and the 
        Comptroller General, with the right to inspect, records that 
        the Director reasonably requires to review compliance with this 
        Act or that the Comptroller General reasonably requires to 
        review compliance and operation;
            (7) a designated official of the unit of local government 
        shall make reports the Director reasonably requires, in 
        addition to the annual reports required under this Act;
            (8) the unit of local government will spend the funds made 
        available under this Act only for the purposes set forth in 
        section 2(a)(2);
            (9) the unit of local government will achieve a net gain in 
        the number of law enforcement officers who perform 
        nonadministrative public safety service if such unit uses funds 
        received under this Act to increase the number of law 
        enforcement officers as described under subparagraph (A) of 
        section 2(a)(2);
            (10) the unit of local government--
                    (A) has an adequate process to assess the impact of 
                any enhancement of a school security measure that is 
                undertaken under subparagraph (B) of section 2(a)(2), 
                or any crime prevention programs that are established 
                under subparagraphs (C) and (E) of section 2(a)(2), on 
                the incidence of crime in the geographic area where the 
                enhancement is undertaken or the program is 
                    (B) will conduct such an assessment with respect to 
                each such enhancement or program; and
                    (C) will submit an annual written assessment report 
                to the Director; and
            (11) the unit of local government has established 
        procedures to give members of the Armed Forces who, on or after 

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