The Local Courthouse Safety Act is introduced in the House of Representatives
On July 25, H.R. 6185, the Local Courthouse Safety Act of 2012, was introduced in the House of Representatives by Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.). The bill has now been introduced in both chambers of Congress and is gaining considerable bipartisan support. This legislation will allow courthouses to receive unused security equipment, such as metal detectors, wands, and baggage screeners, from federal agencies as well as allocate existing federal funding toward courthouse security equipment. The next step for H.R. 6185 is a mark up by the House Judicial Committee and a subsequent vote, which will likely happen after Congress comes back from August recess.
NCRA has been critical in working with House and Senate leaders to pass this absolutely critical legislation for our members, and will remain actively involved in the process until this legislation is passed into law. Our involvement with this legislation helped to secure a bipartisan group of important cosponsors on the House Judiciary Committee which will help this legislation pass through committee when it comes up for a vote. The legislation currently has eight cosponsors, including Representatives Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wisc.), Bobby Scott (D-Va.), Ted Poe (R-Texas), Hank Johnson (D-Ga.), Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Howard Coble (R-N.C.), and Mark Amodei (R-Nev.).
In a promising sign for the legislation, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed this legislation with broad bipartisan support via a voice vote, a very promising sign for the bill. Sen. Al Franken (D- Minn.), the legislation’s champion, stated after the bill’s advancement to the full Senate, “Our local sheriffs, judges, and other court personnel, as well as the public, should be able to carry on business in our local courthouses knowing they are safe.”
NCRA appreciates the leadership by Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.), Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), and Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.) to introduce this vital piece of legislation into Congress. NCRA’s Government Relations Department will continue to work closely with Congress to gain support for the bill in order for it to pass. For more information on the Local Courthouse Safety Act of 2012, please visit NCRA’s Government Relations Page.