H.Res. 851: Recognizing and honoring the 40th anniversary of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, headquartered in Sacramento, California

H.Res. 851

Recognizing and honoring the 40th anniversary of SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, headquartered in Sacramento, California

Sponsor
Rep. Doris O. Matsui

Date
November 17, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.Res. 851 is expected to be considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority for passage.  The legislation was introduced by Rep. Doris Matsui (D-CA) on October 20, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 851 resolves that "the House of Representatives recognizes and honors SEARCH, The National Consortium for Justice Information and Statistics, on the occasion of its 40th anniversary for accomplishments to promote information sharing and identification solutions for first responders and law enforcement officers, and for the protection of privacy and citizens' rights."

Background

Department of Justice's Law Enforcement Assistance Administration created SEARCH in 1969 as a 10-State project to demonstrate whether it was feasible to exchange criminal history records on an automated and nationwide basis.  SEARCH has demonstrated the feasibility of an automated nationwide system of sharing criminal records, and helped to establish the national criminal history record information system (through partnership with the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, State agencies and other organizations).  SEARCH is a nonprofit organization created by and for the States and governed by a Membership Group comprised of one gubernatorial appointee from each of the States and territories.