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house Bill H.R. 180

Improving Law Enforcement Communication

Argument in favor

Advances safety and improves communications across the law enforcement community.

Argument opposed

Law enforcement groups can already effectively communicate across state lines.

bill Progress

  • Not enacted
    The President has not signed this bill
  • The senate has not voted
  • The house Passed May 14th, 2013
    Roll Call Vote 406 Yea / 2 Nay
      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 4th, 2013

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What is House Bill H.R. 180?

Establishes a new communications network within the Department of Justice to circulate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed. This bill would synchronize state and local Blue Alert plans already in existence with this proposed federal plan. Orders the Attorney General to assign an existing Department of Justice officer to act as national coordinator. 


Impacts law enforcement at the federal, state and local levels.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 180

$1.00 Million
The CBO estimates that it would cost about $1 million annually from appropriated funds for the Department of Justice to establish and administer the new program.

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Of Note

-As of 4/17/20, 19 states employ a Blue Alert system. 


National Blue Alert Act of 2013

Official Title

To encourage, enhance, and integrate Blue Alert plans throughout the United States in order to disseminate information when a law enforcement officer is seriously injured or killed in the line of duty.