S. 146, the School and Campus Safety Enhancements Act of 2013

Cost Estimate
March 20, 2013

As reported by the Senate Committee on the Judiciary on March 12, 2013

S. 146 would authorize the appropriation of $40 million annually over the 2014-2023 period for the Department of Justice (DOJ) to make grants to state, local, and tribal governments to improve security at elementary and secondary schools. Grants could be used to install metal detectors and surveillance equipment, train school personnel and students, and carry out other safety measures. The bill also would direct DOJ to conduct audits of certain grant recipients and would authorize the department to establish a National Center for Campus Public Safety.

Assuming appropriation of the necessary amounts, CBO estimates that implementing S. 146 would cost $155 million over the 2014-2018 period, with remaining amounts spent in subsequent years. Pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply to this legislation because it would not affect direct spending or revenues.

S. 146 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA).