H.R.1039 – Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017

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H.R.1039 – Probation Officer Protection Act of 2017


The bill would “amend section 3606 of title 18, United States Code, to grant probation officers authority to arrest hostile third parties who obstruct or impede a probation officer in the performance of official duties.”

Under the bill probation officer, while in the performance of his or her official duties, may arrest a person without a warrant if there is probable cause to believe that the person has forcibly assaulted, resisted, opposed, impeded, intimidated, or interfered with the probation officer, or a fellow probation officer, in violation of section 111. The arrest authority described in this subsection shall be exercised under such rules and regulations as the Director of the Administrative Office of the United States Courts shall prescribe.”

 (Full text of H.R. 1039 at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep. Reichert, David G. [R-WA-8] (Introduced 02/14/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On passage Passed by the Yeas and Nays: 229 – 177 (Roll no. 268)

House Amendments:

An amendment, offered by Ms. Jackson Lee, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-127 to request a comprehensive study on the new authority of probation officers and sunsets that authority 30 months later after enactment. On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment; Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 178 – 229 (Roll no. 267)

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Cost to the taxpayers:  Data not available

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Data not available

Regulatory and Other Impact: Data not available

Dynamic Scoring:   Data not available

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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