House Bill 2429
117th Congress(2021-2022)
VA Police Improvement and Accountability Act
Active
Active
Passed House on Jun 15, 2021
Overview
Text
Introduced
Apr 8, 2021
Latest Action
Jun 16, 2021
Origin Chamber
House
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
2429
Congress
117
Policy Area
Armed Forces and National Security
Armed Forces and National Security
Primary focus of measure is military operations and spending, facilities, procurement and weapons, personnel, intelligence; strategic materials; war and emergency powers; veterans’ issues. Measures concerning alliances and collective security, arms sales and military assistance, or arms control may fall under International Affairs policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
New York
Passed
June 15, 2021
Type
Voice Vote
Voice Vote
A vote in which the presiding officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say "Yea" or "Nay," respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment. The names or numbers of senators voting on each side are not recorded.
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
Summary

VA Police Improvement and Accountability Act

This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish policies and procedures related to the accountability and staffing of its police force.

Specifically, the bill requires the VA to publish specified summaries, statistics, and contact information related to the activities of VA police officers from the previous five-year period. The VA must ensure that each of its police forces is able to provide VA employees and members of the public who contact the force with contact information to directly contact the police force regarding the arrest, ticketing, detainment, use of force, or other police matters pertaining to the individual.

The bill requires VA police officers to wear body cameras that record and store audio and video. Additionally, the VA's guidance on the use of body cameras must be made publicly available.

Under the bill, the VA is required to track and analyze the following information regarding its police force:

  • arrests made and tickets issued;
  • prosecutions, ticketing, and other actions relating to such arrests;
  • the use of force and weapon discharges; and
  • complaints, investigations, and disciplinary actions.

The VA must ensure each incident of the use of force is promptly reported to the Assistant Secretary with responsibility for operations, preparedness, security, and law enforcement functions. The Assistant Secretary must review and investigate each incident (including allegations) of the use of force by a VA police officer, including such situations where any person receives medical attention.

The VA must develop a plan that establishes minimum standards for police staffing at its facilities.

Text (3)
June 16, 2021
June 15, 2021
April 8, 2021
Actions (14)
06/16/2021
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
06/15/2021
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
06/15/2021
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H2777-2778)
06/15/2021
Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
06/15/2021
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2429.
06/15/2021
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H2777-2778)
06/15/2021
Mr. Takano moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
05/04/2021
Ordered to be Reported by the Yeas and Nays: 22 - 6.
05/04/2021
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
05/04/2021
Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations Discharged.
04/21/2021
Subcommittee Hearings Held.
04/20/2021
Referred to the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations.
04/08/2021
Referred to the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs.
04/08/2021
Introduced in House
Public Record
Record Created
Apr 9, 2021 7:12:12 AM
Record Updated
Aug 18, 2021 7:36:52 AM