Local Courthouse Safety Act

Sen. Al Franken (MN) introducing the Local Courthouse Safety Act in 2012

In March 2015, Rep. Ted Poe (Texas) introduced the Local Courthouse Safety Act of 2015 (H.R. 1566). This legislation received the same broad support as the 2103 incarnation; however, it was unable to pass in the 114th Congress. NCRA is dedicated to the passage of this commonsense legislation and continues to lobby members of the 115th Congress to reintroduce it. This critical legislation would ensure that all courthouses have the security to protect not just court reporters, but all court personnel and all Americans who use the services provided at courthouses. If you would like to assist NCRA’s efforts and do your part to make our local and county courthouses safe, contribute to the NCRA PAC today.

S. 445, the Local Courthouse Safety Act of 2013, was introduced by Sen. Al Franken (MN) and Sen. John Boozman (AR) in January 2013. This bipartisan legislation would help courthouses receive security equipment that is no longer being used from federal agencies. The legislation also allocates existing federal funding towards courthouse security equipment and safety training for court security guards. The Local Courthouse Safety Act of 2013 had broad support from a wide variety of agencies like the National Association for Court Management, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Conference of Chief Justices, and the American Judges Association.

S. 445: Local Courthouse Safety Act of 2013

Congressional Budget Office findings of the Local Courthouse Safety Act of 2012

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