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S.505 - See Something, Say Something Act of 2011
A bill to amend the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide immunity for reports of suspected terrorist activity or suspicious behavior and response.
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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.
SEC. 2. AMENDMENT TO THE HOMELAND SECURITY ACT OF 2002.
‘SEC. 890A. IMMUNITY FOR REPORTS OF SUSPECTED TERRORIST ACTIVITY OR SUSPICIOUS BEHAVIOR AND RESPONSE.
‘(1) IN GENERAL- Any person who, in good faith and based on objectively reasonable suspicion, makes, or causes to be made, a voluntary report of covered activity to an authorized official shall be immune from civil liability under Federal, State, and local law for such report.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) FALSE REPORTS- Paragraph (1) shall not apply to any report that the person knew to be false or was made with reckless disregard for the truth at the time that the person made that report.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(1) IN GENERAL- Any authorized official who observes, or receives a report of, covered activity and takes reasonable action in good faith to respond to such activity shall have qualified immunity from civil liability for such action, consistent with applicable law in the relevant jurisdiction. An authorized official as defined by section (d)(1)(A) not entitled to assert the defense of qualified immunity shall nonetheless be immune from civil liability under Federal, State, and local law if such authorized official takes reasonable action, in good faith, to respond to the reported activity.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(c) Attorney Fees and Costs- Any authorized official or other person found to be immune from civil liability under this section shall be entitled to recover from the plaintiff all reasonable costs and attorney fees.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(A) any officer, employee, or agent of the Federal government with responsibility for preventing, protecting against, disrupting, or responding to a ‘covered activity’; orCommentsClose CommentsPermalink
‘(2) COVERED ACTIVITY- The term ‘covered activity’ means any suspicious transaction, activity, or occurrence indicating that an individual may be engaging, or preparing to engage, in a violation of law relating to an act of terrorism (as that term is defined in
section 3077 of title 18, United States Code).’.CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
(b) Amendment to the Table of Contents- The table of contents for the Homeland Security Act of 2002 is amended by inserting at the end of subtitle H of title VIII the following item:CommentsClose CommentsPermalink
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