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CSSA Positions on Federal Legislation - 2002

10/10/02 Support – S2480 (introduced by U. S. Senator Patrick Leahy), the “Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2002.”  S 2480 will exempt qualified current and former law enforcement officers from state laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns.  (See August 9, 2002 re support of House version of this bill, HR 218.)

8/30/02 Oppose – S2452 the “National Homeland Security and Combating Terrorism Act of 2002.”  The Senate has previously made it clear that Department of Justice functions would not be transferred to the Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA), but S 2452 appears to indicate those functions could be transferred to FEMA.  The language contained in HR 5005 recognizes that the Department of Justice agencies belong in Title IV of the bill, in the Border Security and Transportation Directorate.  However, the current version of S 2452 would remove these agencies from the Department of Justice and fail to preserve their separate identities.  Their duties would be absorbed by the Title V Directorate with the FEMA organization.  CSSA letter of opposition dated August 30, 2002.

08/27/02 Support – State Criminal Alien Assistance Program (SCAAP) Funding.  CSSA supports continued funding of this program, which assists in covering costs associated with the incarceration of criminal aliens.

08/09/02 Support - HR 218 (introduced by U. S. Representative Randy "Duke" Cunningham), the “Community Protection Act of 2001.”  HR 218 will exempt qualified current and former law enforcement officers from state laws prohibiting the carrying of concealed handguns.  (See October 10, 2002 re support of Senate version of this bill, S 2480.)

08/05/02 Support - S 1236 (introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein), "The Criminal Gang Abatement Act of 2001.”  This legislation would amend federal law to prohibit solicitation or recruitment of persons for criminal street gang activity, sets penalties for the use of minors in crimes of violence and increases penalties for using minors to distribute drugs.  The bill also amends code provisions to define criminal street gangs and increase penalties for crimes committed under those provisions.

08/05/02 Support - SJ Resolution 35 (introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein), “The Crime Victims’ Rights Amendment.”  This constitutional amendment would provide victims of crime some basic important rights:  to be informed, present and heard at significant stages of their case.