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Title of Law:Departments of Commerce, Justice, and State, the Judiciary and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 1998
Law #:Public Law 105-119
Passed by Congress:105th Congress (1st Session)

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HRpt 105-405 CONFERENCE REPORT To accompany H.R. 2267 MAKING APPROPRIATIONS FOR THE DEPARTMENTS OF COMMERCE, JUSTICE, AND STATE, THE JUDICIARY, AND RELATED AGENCIES FOR THE FISCAL YEAR ENDING SEPTEMBER 30, 1998, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES
Conference Committee
(11/13/97)

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JUVENILE JUSTICE PROGRAMS

The conference agreement includes $238,672,000, a 36 percent increase over the current fiscal year level, for Juvenile Justice programs, as proposed in the House bill, instead of $235,422,000 as proposed in the Senate bill. The conferees understand that changes to Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Programs are being considered in the reauthorization process of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Act of 1974. However, absent completion of this reauthorization process, the conferees provide funding consistent with the current Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act. In addition, the conference agreement includes language that provides that funding for these programs shall be subject to the provisions of any subsequent authorization legislation that is enacted.

//Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention\\.--Of the total amount provided, $231,672,000 is for grants and administrative expenses for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention programs including:

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The conferees are also concerned about the availability to children of pornographic images via the Internet, and direct the OJJDP to confer with the National Academy of Sciences, and provide a grant if warranted, on the most effective techniques and technologies to block children from receiving these images.

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NATIONAL OCEAN SERVICE

The conferees have provided a total of $241,730,000 under this account for the activities of the National Ocean Service, instead of $223,624,000 as recommended by the House, and $234,896,000 recommended by the Senate.

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//Marine Sanctuary Program.\\--The conference agreement includes $14,000,000 for the National Marine Sanctuary Program. The conferees understand that the NOAA and the National Research Council are currently developing a study on the role of marine sanctuaries in marine resource conservation, as well as the usefulness of marine reserves, including their impacts on water quality and the abundance of living marine resources; and therefore, the conferees expect that a portion of the increase for the Marine Sanctuary Program will be used for this study.

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NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE

The conference agreement includes a total of $346,235,000 for the National Marine Fisheries Service, instead of $326,943,000 recommended by the House and $376,127,000 recommended by the Senate.

//Resource Information\\.--The conference agreement provides $99,300,000 for fisheries resource information. Within the funds provided for resource information, the conference agreement adopts the recommendation included in the Senate report with respect to MARMAP. The conference agreement also includes $1,500,000 under this line item for the Gulf of Mexico Consortium included in the Senate report, while funding for the Hawaii stock enhancement project is provided for elsewhere in this account. In addition, $900,000 is for a one-time study of potential new fisheries in the Chuckchi Sea by the Bering Sea Fishermen's Association, $400,000 is for an assessment of Atlantic herring and mackerel, $5,000,000 is for continuation of the aquatic resources environmental initiative, and $250,000 is for a one-time study by the National Academy of Sciences of summer flounder. Also included is $3,800,000 for a study on the effect of intentional encirclement on dolphins and dolphin stocks in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean purse seine fishery.

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