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Local Courthouse Safety Act passes out of the House of Representatives

September 11, 2012

Vienna, Va. - SEPT. 11, 2012 - The Local Courthouse Safety Act of 2012 cleared a critical hurdle by passing out of the House of Representatives. The legislation still must pass the United States Senate and be signed by President Obama in order to become law. If it is passed into law, the Local Courthouse Safety Act will allow courthouses to receive unused security equipment like metal detectors, wands, and baggage screeners from federal agencies as well as allocates existing federal funding toward security training for court personnel. Essentially, this law strengthens security at courthouses around the country and provides excess equipment to help local security personnel the ability to better do their jobs.

The Local Courthouse Safety Act previously passed out of the House and Senate Judiciary Committee’s with bipartisan support and little opposition. NCRA’s Government Relations Department has taken an active role with members of Congress in promoting the importance of this vital piece of legislation and will continue to do so over the coming months until the bill is signed into law.

NCRA appreciates leadership and hard work done by the initial sponsors of the legislation, Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) and Rep. Sandy Adams (R-Fla.). NCRA is committed to seeing this important legislation progress and our Government Relations team is working closely with the Senate to get this legislation passed. For more information on the Local Courthouse Safety Act of 2012, please visit NCRA’s Government Relations Page.