HR 728 - Anti-Crime bill - National Key Vote

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Title: Anti-Crime bill

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to pass a bill that amends the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 by changing federal assistance to local law enforcement block grants.


  • Sets guidelines that local units must meet in order to qualify for grants.
  • Prohibits the use of block grant funds for the procurement of certain vehicles unless cleared by the Attorney General under special circumstances.
  • Requires any local government unit to repay any funds not expended within 2 years of receipt.
  • Authorizes $10 billion over five years to carry out activities under this act, including: 
    • Hiring, training and employing law enforcement and support personnel, including paying overtime to presently employed officers and personnel.
    • Obtaining necessary operating equipment and technology.
    • Establishing crime prevention programs and intervention programs for juveniles.
    • Enhancing the security in and around schools and other “special risk” locations as determined by local governments.
    • Supporting drug courts and developing drug control programs under the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1986.
    • Creating an inter-government task force to prevent and combat crime in adjacent localities, with a focus on drug- or gang-related criminal activities.