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Introduced in Senate (01/24/2005)

Protecting America in the War on Terror Act of 2005 - Biopreparedness Act of 2005 - Sets forth provisions concerning bioterrorism preparedness and defense, including provisions: (1) extending the patent terms for certain countermeasure products; (2) exempting meetings between the Secretary of Health and Human Services and parties developing priority countermeasures from antitrust laws; (3) establishing the Commission on Countermeasure and Vaccine Regulation; (4) prohibiting a State from establishing requirements different from certain Federal food and drug laws; (5) allowing tax credits for vaccine and countermeasures manufacturing and research; and (6) requiring procedures for inspecting imported live animals.

Increases the death gratuity payable to survivors upon the combat-related death of a member of the Armed Forces. Increases the maximum life insurance payable for a member of the uniformed service or a veteran.

Homeland Security Technology Improvement Act of 2005 - Amends the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to provide for the transfer of certain counterterrorism technologies, equipment, and information to State and local law enforcement agencies.

Sets forth provisions regarding information sharing among Federal agencies and between Federal agencies and State and local governments. Prohibits certain acts relating to national and maritime security, including: (1) acts of destruction on passenger vessels; (2) resisting the boarding of vessels authorized by Federal law; (3) placing a device or substance that is likely to destroy or damage a vessel or its cargo; (4) discharging or releasing any dangerous substance with the intent to endanger human life, health, or welfare; (5) knowingly and willfully transporting an explosive device, biological agent, chemical weapon, radioactive or nuclear material, or terrorist aboard a vessel; and (6) offering or receiving anything of value to commit or aid terrorism or fraud affecting any secure or restricted area or seaport.