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60 STAT.] 79TH CONG., 2n SESS.-CH. 707-JULY 31, 1946 utter loud, threatening, or abusive language in said United States Capitol Grounds. SEC. 7 . It is forbidden to parade, stand, or move in processions or assemblages in said United States Capitol Grounds, or to display therein any flag, banner, or device designed or adapted to bring into public notice any party, organization, or movement, except as herein- after provided in sections 11 and 12 of this Act. SEC. 8 . Offenses against sections 2 to 7, both inclusive, of this Act shall be punishable by a fine not exceeding $100, or imprisonment not exceeding sixty days, or by both such fine and imprisonment, prosecu- tion for such offenses to be had in The Municipal Court for the District of Columbia, upon information by the United States Attorney or any of his assistants: Provided, That in cases where public property is damaged in an amount exceeding $100, the offense shall be punishable by imprisonment for not more than five years. SEC. 9 . The Capitol Police shall police the United States Capitol Buildings and Grounds under the direction of the Capitol Police Board, consisting of the Sergeant at Arms of the United States Senate, the Sergeant at Arms of the House of Representatives, and the Archi- tect of the Capitol, and shall have the power to enforce the provisions of this Act and regulations promulgated under section 14 thereof, and to make arrests within the United States Capitol Buildings and Grounds for any violations of any law of the United States or of any State, or any regulation promulgated pursuant thereto: Provided,That the Metropolitan Police force of the District of Columbia are hereby authorized to make arrests within the United States Capitol Buildings and Grounds for any violations of any such laws or regulations, but such authority shall not be construed as authorizing the Metropolitan Police force, except with the consent or upon the request of the Capitol Police Board, to enter such buildings to make arrests in response to complaints or to serve warrants or to patrol the United States Capitol Buildings and Grounds, with the exception of the streets and road- ways shown on the map referred to in section 1 of this Act as being under the jurisdiction and control of the Commissioners of the District of Columbia. For the purpose of this section, the word "grounds" shall include the House Office Building parking area. SEC. 10. It shall be the duty of all persons employed in the service of the Government in the Capitol or in the United States Capitol Grounds to prevent, as far as may be in their power, offenses against this Act, and to aid the police, by information or otherwise, in securing the arrest and conviction of offenders. SEc. 11 . In order to admit of the due observance within the United States Capitol Grounds of occasions of national interest becoming the cognizance and entertainment of Congress, the President of the Senate and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, acting con- currently, are hereby authorized to suspend for such proper occasions so much of the prohibitions contained in sections 2 to 7, both inclusive, of this Act as would prevent the use of the roads and walks of the said grounds by processions or assemblages, and the use upon them of suitable decorations, music, addresses, and ceremonies: Provided, That responsible officers shall have been appointed, and arrangements determined which are adequate, in the judgment of said President of the Senate and Speaker of the House of Representatives, for the maintenance of suitable order and decorum in the proceedings, and for guarding the Capitol and its grounds from injury. SEC. 12 . In the absence from Washington of either of the officers designated in section 11, the authority therein given to suspend certain prohibitions of this Act shall devolve upon the other, and in the absence from Washington of both it shall devolve upon the Capitol Police Processions or as- semblages. Penalties. Capitol Police. Metropolitan Police. "Grounds.' Prevention of of- fenses. Suspension of prohi bitions.