Friday, January 6, 2006
President George W. Bush today signed into law H.R. 3402, the Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act, which includes re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). House Judiciary Committee Chairman F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr. (R-Wis.) was the sponsor of H.R. 3402. The legislation authorizes appropriations for the Department of Justice for fiscal years 2006 through 2009 and implements reforms to the Department’s grant programs, particularly relating to privacy and use of grant funds. Establishes an office to monitor grant expenditures and a privacy officer. Most importantly, the act reauthorizes for 2007-2011 core programs from the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and 2000 and makes improvements to those grant programs to enhance the ability to combat domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The STOP program, which provides state formula grants that help fund collaborative efforts between police and prosecutors and victim services providers is reauthorized and new grants are authorized to improve training for court officials and law enforcement.Information about H.R. 3402 is available at http://judiciary.house.gov/media/pdfs/DOJauthHousepass121705.pdf (Last visited January 6, 2006 bgf).