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Porter Update
by Jon C. Porter, Third District Congressman

Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act
“It is imperative that we keep our kids safe at school, which is why I worked hard to include my background check legislation in this bill,” said Porter.  “By thoroughly vetting those who interact with our children, we will no doubt make our communities safer.  I want to thank Dr. George Ann Rice of the Clark County School District for her assistance with my legislation, and her overall dedication to school safety.  I was also able to include language that will stiffen penalties for those who kill or attempt to kill public safety officers, which I originally introduced in response to the tragic murder of a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department officer.  Simply put, those who kill or conspire to kill the men and women who protect us should receive the harshest penalties possible.”

Porter’s background check language allows for fingerprint-based checks of the national crime information databases, pursuant to a request submitted by a local education agency or state educational agency, on individuals under consideration for employment in a position where the individual would work with or around children.  The language also stipulates that when possible, the check shall include a fingerprint-based check of state criminal history databases.

Language from Porter’s “Sergeant Henry Prendes Memorial Act of 2006” was also included in H.R. 4472.  The language states that “whoever kills, or attempts or conspires to kill, a federally funded public safety officer while that officer is engaged in official duties...shall be punished by a fine under this title and imprisonment for any term of years not less than 30, or for life, or, if death results and the offender is prosecuted as a principal, may be sentenced to death.”  The term “public safety officer” means an individual serving a public agency in an official capacity, as a judicial officer, law enforcement officer, firefighter, chaplain, or as a member of a rescue squad or ambulance crew.

“We are grateful to Congressman Porter for his concern for the safety of all of us in law enforcement,” said Detective David Kallas, Executive Director, Las Vegas Police Protective Association.

Contact U.S. Congressman Jon Porter at

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