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                                                  Union Calendar No. 72
115th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 1892

                          [Report No. 115-119]

To amend title 4, United States Code, to provide for the flying of the 
 flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in 
                           the line of duty.


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                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                             April 4, 2017

   Mr. Larson of Connecticut (for himself, Mr. King of New York, Mr. 
 Pascrell, Mr. Reichert, Mr. Walz, Mr. Ruppersberger, Mr. Rutherford, 
 Mr. Fitzpatrick, Ms. DeLauro, Ms. Esty, and Mr. Grijalva) introduced 
    the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the 
                               Judiciary

                              May 15, 2017

   Additional sponsors: Mr. Cohen, Mr. Poe of Texas, Mr. Swalwell of 
        California, Mr. Farenthold, Mr. Renacci, and Mr. Messer

                              May 15, 2017

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union 
                       and ordered to be printed


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                                 A BILL


 
To amend title 4, United States Code, to provide for the flying of the 
 flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in 
                           the line of duty.


 


    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ``Honoring Hometown Heroes Act''.

SEC. 2. PERMITTING THE FLAG TO BE FLOWN AT HALF-STAFF IN THE EVENT OF 
              THE DEATH OF A FIRST RESPONDER SERVING IN THE LINE OF 
              DUTY.

    (a) Amendment.--The sixth sentence of section 7(m) of title 4, 
United States Code, is amended--
            (1) by striking ``or'' after ``possession of the United 
        States'' and inserting a comma;
            (2) by inserting ``or the death of a first responder 
        working in any State, territory, or possession who dies while 
        serving in the line of duty,'' after ``while serving on active 
        duty,'';
            (3) by striking ``and'' after ``former officials of the 
        District of Columbia'' and inserting a comma; and
            (4) by inserting before the period the following: ``, and 
        first responders working in the District of Columbia''.
    (b) First Responder Defined.--Such subsection is further amended--
            (1) in paragraph (2), by striking ``, United States Code; 
        and'' and inserting a semicolon;
            (2) in paragraph (3), by striking the period at the end and 
        inserting ``; and''; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
            ``(4) the term `first responder' means a `public safety 
        officer' as defined in section 1204 of the Omnibus Crime 
        Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (42 U.S.C. 3796b).''.
    (c) Effective Date.--The amendments made by this Act shall apply 
with respect to deaths of first responders occurring on or after the 
date of the enactment of this Act.
                                                  Union Calendar No. 72

115th CONGRESS

  1st Session

                               H. R. 1892

                          [Report No. 115-119]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL

To amend title 4, United States Code, to provide for the flying of the 
 flag at half-staff in the event of the death of a first responder in 
                           the line of duty.

_______________________________________________________________________

                              May 15, 2017

Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union 
                       and ordered to be printed