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PROVISIONS OF THE ANTI CAR THEFT ACT OF 1992

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SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the “Anti Car Theft Act of 1992”.

TITLE 1-TOUGHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGAINST AUTO THEFT

Subtitle A-Enhanced Penalties for Auto

Theft

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Subtitle B—Targeted Law Enforcement

SEC. 130. (42 U.S.C. 3750a] GRANT AUTHORIZATION.

(a) PURPOSE.—The purpose of this subtitle is to supplement the provisions of the Edward Byrne Memorial State and Local Law Enforcement Assistance Program to help the States to curb motor vehicle thefts and the related violence.

(b) GRANTS.The Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance shall make grants to Anti Car Theft Committees submitting applications in compliance with the requirements of this subtitle. SEC. 131. (42 U.S.C. 3750b) APPLICATION.

(a) SUBMISSION.—To be eligible to receive a grant under this subtitle, a chief executive of an Anti Car Theft Committee shall submit an application to the Director of the Bureau of Justice Assistance.

(b) CONTENT.-The application submitted under subsection (a) shall include the following:

(1) A statement that the applicant Anti Car Theft Committee is either a State agency or an agency of a unit of local gov

a ernment.

(2) A statement that the applicant Anti Car Theft Committee is or will be financed in part (A) by a fee on motor vehicles registered by the State or possessed or insured within the State (and that such fee is not less than $1 per vehicle), or (B) in the same manner and to the same extent as is a similar program financed and implemented in a State like Michigan.

(3) An assurance that Federal funds received under a grant under this subtitle shall be used to supplement and not supplant non-Federal funds that would otherwise be available for activities funded under such grant.

(4) A statement that the resources of the applicant Anti Car Theft Committee will be devoted entirely to combating motor vehicle theft, including any or all of the following:

(A) Financing law enforcement officers or investigators whose duties are entirely or primarily related to investigating cases of motor vehicle theft or of trafficking in stolen motor vehicles or motor vehicle parts.

(B) Financing prosecutors whose duties are entirely or primarily related to prosecuting cases of motor vehicle theft or of trafficking in stolen motor vehicles or motor vehicle parts.

(C) Motor vehicle theft prevention programs, including vehicle identification number etching programs, programs implemented by law enforcement agencies and designed to enable the electronic tracking of stolen automobiles, and programs designed to prevent the export of stolen vehicles.

(5) A description of the budget for the applicant Anti Car Theft Committee for the fiscal year for which a grant is sought. SEC. 132. [42 U.S.C. 3750c] AWARD OF GRANTS.

(a) IN GENERAL.-The Director shall allocate to each State a proportion of the total funds available under this subtitle that is equal to the proportion of the number of motor vehicles registered in such State to the total number of motor vehicles registered in the United States. The Director shall ensure that all applicant States have an opportunity to receive grants from an available appropriation. Any State that has not met the requirements described in section 203 of this Act shall be excluded from any allocation under this subsection.

(b) GRANT AMOUNTS.—If one Anti Car Theft Committee within a State submits an application in compliance with section 131, the Director shall award to such Anti Car Theft Committee a grant equal to the total amount of funds allocated to such State under this section. In no case shall the Anti Car Theft Committee receive a grant that is more than 50 percent of the preaward budget for such Anti Car Theft Committee.

(c) MULTIPLE COMMITTEES.-If two or more Anti Car Theft Committees within a State submit applications in compliance with section 131, the Director shall award to such Anti Car Theft Committees grants that in sum are equal to the total amount of funds allocated to such State under this section. In no case shall an Anti Car Theft Committee receive a grant that is more than 50 percent of the preaward budget for such Anti Car Theft Committee. The Director shall allocate funds among two or more Anti Car Theft Committees with a State according to the proportion of the preaward budget of each Anti Car Theft Committee to the total preaward budget for all grant recipient Anti Car Theft Committees within such State.

(d) RENEWAL OF GRANTS.-Subject to the availability of funds, a grant under this subtitle may be renewed for up to 2 additional years after the first fiscal year during which the recipient receives an initial grant under this subtitle if the Director determines that the funds made available to the recipient during the previous year were used in the manner required under the approved application.

SEC. 133. [42 U.S.C. 3750d) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

There are authorized to be appropriated $10,000,000 to carry out this subtitle for each of the fiscal years 1993, 1994, and 1995.

Subtitle C—Report Regarding State Motor Vehicle Titling Programs to Combat Motor Vehicle Thefts and Fraud

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SEC. 140. (15 U.S.C. 2041 note) ESTABLISHMENT OF TASK FORCE. (a) ESTABLISHMENT.

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Secretary of Transportation and the Attorney General of the United States, working together, shall, as soon as practicable after the date of the enactment of this Act but not later than 180 days after such date, establish a task force to study problems which relate to motor vehicle titling, vehicle registration, and controls over motor vehicle salvage which may affect the motor vehicle theft problem. The study shall include an examination of the extent to which the absence of uniformity and integration in State laws regulating vehicle titling and registration and salvage of used vehicles allows enterprising criminals to find the weakest link to "wash” the stolen character of the vehicles. It shall also consider the adoption of a title brand on all certificates of title indicating that the applicable vehicle was previously issued a title brand or a title signifying “rebuilt”, “reconstructed", or "flood”.

(2) REPORT.-The task force shall prepare a report containing the results of such study and shall submit such report to the President and the Congress and to the chief executive officer of each State not later than 12 months after the task force is established, together with appropriate recommendations to solve these problems. (b) MEMBERSHIP.—The task force shall consist of

(1) the Secretary of Transportation, or the Secretary's delegate;

(2) the Attorney General of the United States, or the Attorney General's delegate;

(3) the Secretary of Commerce, or the Secretary's delegate;

(4) the Secretary of the Treasury, or the Secretary's delegate;

(5) at least 3 representatives, to be designated by the Attorney General of the United States;

(6) at least 5 representatives of State motor vehicle departments, to be designated by the Secretary of Transportation; and

(7) at least 1 representative, to be designated by the Secretary of Transportation, from each of the following groups:

(A) Motor vehicle manufacturers.
(B) Motor vehicle dealers and distributors.

(C) Motor vehicle dismantlers, recyclers, and salvage dealers.

(D) Motor vehicle repair and body shop operators.
(E) Motor vehicle scrap processors.

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