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Public Law 106-517
To amend the Omnibus Crime <<NOTE: Nov. 13, 2000 - [S. 2413]>> Control
and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to clarify the procedures and conditions
for the award of matching grants for the purchase of armor vests.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress <<NOTE: Bulletproof Vest
Partnership Grant Act of 2000.>> assembled,
SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 42 USC 3711 note.>> SHORT TITLE.
This Act may be cited as the ``Bulletproof Vest Partnership Grant
Act of 2000''.
SEC. 2. <<NOTE: 42 USC 3796ll note.>> FINDINGS.
Congress finds that--
(1) the number of law enforcement officers who are killed in
the line of duty would significantly decrease if every law
enforcement officer in the United States had the protection of
an armor vest;
(2) according to studies, between 1985 and 1994, 709 law
enforcement officers in the United States were killed in the
line of duty;
(3) the Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that the
risk of fatality to law enforcement officers while not wearing
an armor vest is 14 times higher than for officers wearing an
(4) according to studies, between 1985 and 1994, bullet-
resistant materials helped save the lives of more than 2,000 law
enforcement officers in the United States; and
(5) the Executive Committee for Indian Country Law
Enforcement Improvements reports that violent crime in Indian
country has risen sharply, despite a decrease in the national
crime rate, and has concluded that there is a ``public safety
crisis in Indian country''.
SEC. 3. MATCHING GRANT PROGRAM FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ARMOR VESTS.
(a) Matching Funds.--Section 2501(f) of part Y of title I of the
Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796ll(f))
(1) by striking ``The portion'' and inserting the following:
``(1) In general.--The portion'';
(2) by striking ``subsection (a)'' and all that follows
through the period at the end of the first sentence and
inserting ``subsection (a)--
``(A) may not exceed 50 percent; and
``(B) shall equal 50 percent, if--
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``(i) such grant is to a unit of local
government with fewer than 100,000 residents;
``(ii) the Director of the Bureau of Justice
Assistance determines that the quantity of vests
to be purchased with such grant is reasonable; and
``(iii) such portion does not cause such grant
to violate the requirements of subsection (e).'';
(3) by striking ``Any funds'' and inserting the following:
``(2) Indian assistance.--Any funds''.
(b) Allocation of Funds.--Section 2501(g) of part Y of title I of
the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C.
3796ll(g)) is amended to read as follows:
``(g) Allocation of Funds.--Funds available under this part shall be
awarded, without regard to subsection (c), to each qualifying unit of
local government with fewer than 100,000 residents. Any remaining funds
available under this part shall be awarded to other qualifying
(c) Applications.--Section 2502 of part Y of title I of the Omnibus
Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796ll-1) is
amended by adding at the end the following:
``(d) Applications in Conjunction With Purchases.--If an application
under this section is submitted in conjunction with a transaction for
the purchase of armor vests, grant amounts under this section may not be
used to fund any portion of that purchase unless, before the application
is submitted, the applicant--
``(1) receives clear and conspicuous notice that receipt of
the grant amounts requested in the application is uncertain; and
``(2) expressly assumes the obligation to carry out the
transaction, regardless of whether such amounts are received.''.
(d) Definition of Armor Vest.--Section 2503(1) of part Y of title I
of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C.
3796ll-2(1)) is amended--
(1) by striking ``means body armor'' and inserting the
``(A) body armor'';
(2) by adding ``or'' at the end; and
(3) by adding at the end the following:
``(B) body armor that has been tested through the
voluntary compliance testing program, and found to meet
or exceed the requirements of NIJ Standard 0115.00, or
any revision of such standard;''.
(e) Interim Definition of Armor Vest.--For <<NOTE: 42 USC 3796ll-2
note.>> purposes of part Y of title I of the Omnibus Crime Control and
Safe Streets Act of 1968, as amended by this Act, the meaning of the
term ``armor vest'' (as defined in section 2503 of such Act (42 U.S.C.
3796ll-2)) shall, until the date on which a final NIJ Standard 0115.00
is first fully approved and implemented, also include body armor which
has been found to meet or exceed the requirements for protection against
stabbing established by the State in which the grantee is located.
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(f) Authorization of Appropriations.--Section 1001(a)(23) of title I
of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C.
3793(a)(23)) is amended by inserting before the period at the end the
following: ``, and $50,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2002 through
Approved November 13, 2000.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 2413 (H.R. 4033):
HOUSE REPORTS: No. 106-776 accompanying H.R. 4033 (Comm. on the
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 146 (2000):
Oct. 10, considered and passed Senate.
Oct. 25, considered and passed House.
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