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Positions and Views of Michael Bilirakis
on Crime
Previous Candidate for United States Representative District 9, Florida
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Party: Republican Party of Florida
Phone: 7277732871
Address: P.O. Box 1077
Tarpon Springs, FL 34688
 
Michael Bilirakis's positions and views on the issues:
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Crime Positions and Views
Crime, a General Statement

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

For more than a decade, the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has served to raise awareness of domestic violence and to address violent crimes against women and their children, including rape and spousal abuse. Since the enactment of VAWA in 1994, the rate of domestic violence has diminished in the United States. However, despite making great strides in breaking the cycle of violence, much work remains to be done.

Domestic violence affects women, men and children of all racial, social, religious, ethnic, and economic groups in the United States. The month of October has been recognized as an appropriate month for activities furthering awareness of domestic violence and to honor the dedication and success of those working tirelessly to end domestic violence and the strength of its survivors. To commemorate this occasion, the House of Representatives approved the Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act by an overwhelming vote on September, 28, 2005. This important legislation would reauthorize and strengthen VAWA programs and activities on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. For the first time ever, the bill seeks to ensure that VAWA programs are administered in a gender-neutral way, providing an avenue for assistance for male victims of violence.

The Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act also would address the problem of violence against children and youth by including programs for college campuses and assistance to youth who are themselves victims of violence. The bill would focus on effective prevention programs targeting children who have been exposed to violence and young families at risk for violence. In addition, the bill would help aliens subjected to domestic violence to secure their rights to stay in the country and seek shelter from those who batter them by allowing them to self-petition for permanent resident status. The bill also would authorize gr [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)

Youth and Gang Crime

Gang violence has risen sharply in the United States in recent years and is no longer confined to the so-called "inner city." The DOJ estimates than more than 25,000 gangs and over 750,000 gang members are active across the United States today. Major cities, small towns and rural areas alike have been subjected to violent gang activity, and for many young people, gangs offer an alluring opportunity to "belong" to a group of their peers.

The Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act also would strengthen efforts to assist local law enforcement in targeting and prosecuting violent criminals who are associated with street gangs. The bill would authorize funding for joint federal, state, and local gang investigation and prosecution efforts and create stricter penalties for gang members convicted of violent activities.

Our nation's children and communities deserve the strongest protection possible. Children should not have to fear the atrocities being committed by sexual predators and violent gang members. The Children's Safety and Violent Crime Reduction Act is an important step in our nation's fight to protect them.

Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)

Identity Theft

Every day you share your personal information about yourself with others, and it usually is so routine that you do not realize you are doing it. If you are like most American consumers, you may be growing increasingly concerned about the security of your personal identification and financial information, and rightly so -- the crime of identity theft has risen sharply in recent years. Recent thefts of consumer data from information brokers and financial institutions only have served to heighten these concerns.

Congress already has enacted one law designed to curb identity theft. The Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions (FACT) Act (Public Law 108-159) gives consumers the right to one free credit report per year and access to their credit scores. Since identity theft can lead to the destruction of a victim's personal credit history, having the ability to access credit information is critical to monitoring any unauthorized charges or accounts. The FACT Act also makes it easier for consumers to limit unsolicited offers of credit, dispute information in their credit files, and block fraudulent information in their credit reports.

In addition, several bills have been introduced in the 109th Congress to protect individuals' personal information. Many of these have been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, of which I am Vice-Chairman. The Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection has held three hearings on this issue since the beginning of 2005. I fully anticipate that my Committee will craft legislation this Congress to curb identity theft and to impose strict regulations on information brokers.

Efforts also are being undertaken by federal agencies to raise awareness of this problem. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the lead federal consumer protection agency, is spearheading the "OnGuardOnline" campaign to help computer users be on guard against Internet fraud and secure their computers. OnGuardOnline is based on practices fo [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)

Domestic Violence

For more than a decade, the landmark Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) has served to raise awareness of domestic violence and to address violent crimes against women and their children, including rape and spousal abuse. Since the enactment of VAWA in 1994, the rate of domestic violence has diminished in the United States. However, despite making great strides in breaking the cycle of violence, much work remains to be done.

Domestic violence affects women, men and children of all racial, social, religious, ethnic, and economic groups in the United States. The month of October has been recognized as an appropriate month for activities furthering awareness of domestic violence and to honor the dedication and success of those working tirelessly to end domestic violence and the strength of its survivors. To commemorate this occasion, the House of Representatives approved the Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act by an overwhelming vote on September, 28, 2005. This important legislation would reauthorize and strengthen VAWA programs and activities on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. For the first time ever, the bill seeks to ensure that VAWA programs are administered in a gender-neutral way, providing an avenue for assistance for male victims of violence.

The Department of Justice Appropriations Authorization Act also would address the problem of violence against children and youth by including programs for college campuses and assistance to youth who are themselves victims of violence. The bill would focus on effective prevention programs targeting children who have been exposed to violence and young families at risk for violence. In addition, the bill would help aliens subjected to domestic violence to secure their rights to stay in the country and seek shelter from those who batter them by allowing them to self-petition for permanent resident status. The bill also would authorize grants to improve train [Response was truncated to maximum response length of 2000 characters.]

Source: Candidate Website (10/02/2004)

These are available issue topics for which there were no responses.
Reducing Crime
Rehabilitation
Recidivism
Neighborhood Crime
Hate Crime
Sex-related Crimes
Crimes Against Children
Violence Against Women
Child Abuse And Neglect
Human Trafficking
Corporate Crime
Victimless Crimes
Non-Violent Crime
Rape
Corporate Fraud
Police & FBI Agents
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