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Status of FY 2013 Appropriations and Court Security Legislation

On September 13, 2012, the House passed a six-month Continuing Resolution (CR) (HJ Res. 117) for FY 2013. The Senate passed the CR on September 22, 2012. The CR will enable SJI to maintain current operations at the FY 2012 funding level, and award 1st quarter FY 2013 grants.

On September 21, 2012, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released a report detailing the impact of a possible sequestration, as required by the Sequestration Transparency Act of 2012 (P.L. 112-155). Should sequestration happen, SJI will be subject to an 8.2 percent reduction, or $419,922, from the FY 2012 funding level.

On May 24, 2012, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Local Courthouse Safety Act of 2012 (S.2076). The House passed the bill (H.R. 6185) on August 1, 2012. The bill enables state courts to request excess surplus security equipment from the federal government. In addition, the legislation adds a purpose area to the SJI Authorization Act highlighting SJI’s authority to award grants to improve court security.