Section 2003(b) Legislation





      (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may make a grant to a State that submits an application, in such form and manner as the Secretary may prescribe, that is approved by the Secretary to carry out the activities specified in paragraph (2) through--

        (A) the child passenger protection program of the State; and

        (B) at the option of the State, a grant program established by the State to carry out 1 or more of the activities specified in paragraph (2) by a political subdivision of the State or an appropriate private entity.

      (2) USE OF FUNDS- Funds provided to a State as a grant under this subsection shall be used to implement child passenger protection programs that--

        (A) are designed to prevent deaths and injuries to children;

        (B) educate the public concerning--

          (i) all aspects of the proper installation of child restraints using standard seatbelt hardware, supplemental hardware, and modification devices (if needed), including special installation techniques;

          (ii) appropriate child restraint design, selection, and placement; and

          (iii) harness threading and harness adjustment on child restraints; and

        (C) train and retrain child passenger safety professionals, police officers, fire and emergency medical personnel, and other educators concerning all aspects of child restraint use.

      (3) GRANT AWARDS- The Secretary may make a grant under this subsection without regard to whether a State is eligible to receive, or has received, a grant under section 405 of title 23, United States Code (as inserted by subsection (a) of this section).

      (4) FEDERAL SHARE- The Federal share of the cost of a program carried out using funds made available from a grant under this subsection may not exceed 80 percent.

      (5) REPORT- Each State that receives a grant under this subsection shall transmit to the Secretary a report for the period covered by the grant that, at a minimum, describes the program activities carried out with the funds made available under the grant.

      (6) REPORT TO CONGRESS- Not later than June 1, 2002, the Secretary shall transmit to Congress a report on the implementation of this subsection that includes a description of the programs carried out and materials developed and distributed by the States that receive grants under this subsection.

      (7) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection $7,500,000 for each of fiscal years 2000 and 2001.