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Senate Bill 2174
116th Congress(2019-2020)
Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act of 2019
Became Law
Became Law
Became Public Law 116-277 on Dec 31, 2020
Jul 18, 2019
Latest Action
Dec 31, 2020
Origin Chamber
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Bill Number
Policy Area
Crime and Law Enforcement
Crime and Law Enforcement
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Sponsorship by Party
New Mexico
North Carolina
Senate Votes (1)
House Votes (1)
November 16, 2020
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
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Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.(text: CR S6714-6715)

Missing Persons and Unidentified Remains Act of 2019

This bill revises the authority for state grants to improve the reporting of unidentified and missing persons.

Specifically, the bill

  • authorizes grants to be used for additional activities (e.g., transportation of missing persons and unidentified remains), including with respect to migrants;
  • expands eligible entities; and
  • gives priority to eligible entities in states along the southern border.

The bill also requires the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to deploy rescue beacons along the southern border to mitigate migrant deaths.

Text (4)
Amendments (1)
Nov 16, 2020
Agreed to in Senate
Senate Amendment 2685
To strike the provision giving entities in southern border States priority in the award of grants related to the identification and processing of unidentified remains.
Agreed To
Public Record
Record Created
Jul 19, 2019 4:42:20 AM
Record Updated
Feb 9, 2022 3:11:41 AM