Federal - HR 5578

Survivors Bill of Rights

Introduced

June 24, 2016

Description

A bill to establish certain rights for sexual assault survivors, and for other purposes.

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Original Sponsor 1

Co-Sponsors 40

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  • Oct. 12, 2016 — Became Public Law, PL 114-236, 130 Stat. 966. Congressional Record p. D1040

  • Oct. 7, 2016 — Signed by the president. Congressional Record p. D1040, H7631

  • Oct. 3, 2016 — Enrolled measure signed in the Senate. Congressional Record p. S6338

  • Sept. 29, 2016 — Enrolled measure signed in the House. Congressional Record p. H6113, H6150

  • Sept. 28, 2016 — Measure cleared for the president. Congressional Record p. S6198

  • Sept. 28, 2016 — Measure passed in the Senate by voice vote. Congressional Record p. S6198

  • Sept. 28, 2016 — Considered by the Senate. Congressional Record p. S6198

  • Sept. 28, 2016 — Senate Judiciary Committee discharged by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. S6198

  • Sept. 12, 2016S. Johnson, R-Texas, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.479, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E1247

  • Sept. 7, 2016Duckworth, D-Ill., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.479, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E1218

  • Sept. 7, 2016Long, R-Mo., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.479, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E1213

  • Sept. 7, 2016Gutierrez, D-Ill., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.479, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E1208

  • Sept. 7, 2016R. Kind, D-Wis., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.479, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E1204

  • Sept. 7, 2016K. Brady, R-Texas, House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.479, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. E1201

  • Sept. 7, 2016 — Received in the Senate and referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Congressional Record p. S5368

  • Sept. 6, 2016Ruppersberger, D-Md., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.479, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. H5072

  • Sept. 6, 2016Calvert, R-Calif., House speech: Personal explanation for roll call vote no.479, and would have voted yea if present. Congressional Record p. H5072

  • Sept. 6, 2016 — Measure passed in the House by roll call vote, 399-0, under suspension of the rules (two-thirds vote required). Congressional Record p. H5071

  • Sept. 6, 2016House Vote 479 Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights — Passage
    Goodlatte, R-Va., motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill that would establish additional rights for sexual assault survivors, including the right to have a sexual assault evidence collection kit preserved for the shorter of the maximum applicable statute of limitations or 20 years without charge, the right to be informed of results of a kit, the right to be notified prior to the intended destruction of the kit, and the right to be informed of the new rights established under the measure. Motion agreed to 399-0. Note: A two-thirds majority of those present and voting (266 in this case) is required for passage under suspension of the rules. Congressional Record p. H5045-H5049, H5071

  • Sept. 6, 2016 — House Energy and Commerce Committee discharged by unanimous consent. Congressional Record p. H5095

  • Sept. 6, 2016 — Reported to the House by the House Judiciary Committee and placed on the Union Calendar. H Rept 114-707, Pt. 1Congressional Record p. H5094

  • Sept. 6, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 2

    Loebsack, (D-Iowa)Meehan, (R-Pa.)
  • July 21, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Boyle, (D-Pa.)
  • July 13, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Hastings, (D-Fla.)
  • July 12, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Kuster, (D-N.H.)
  • July 11, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Takano, (D-Calif.)
  • July 8, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Peters, S. (D-Calif.)
  • July 7, 2016 — Full committee consideration and markup held by the House Judiciary Committee.

    July 7, 2016 — Committee Vote: Sexual Assault Survivors' Rights — Vote to Report

    Imbues sexual assault survivors with the right not to be prevented from or charged for a medical forensic examination; the right to have an evidence collection kit preserved for the shorter of either 20 years or the maximum statute of limitations; the right to be informed of results of a collection kit if disclosure would not impede an ongoing investigation; the right to be informed of collection kit collection and preservation policies; and the right to be notified within 60 days of its intended destruction or disposal and to request further preservation. It would also:

    • Fund the promotion of these rights by the money in the Crime Victims Fund administered by U.S. Attorneys Offices and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the benefit of crime victims;
    • Allow the attorney general to give grants to states for the dissemination of written notices of rights for sexual assault survivors. Grant recipients would give notice to medical centers, hospitals, law enforcement agencies and other groups, as well as post it to the website of the states attorney general; and
    • Establish a joint working group between the attorney general and Health and Human Services secretary to develop best practices for the care of sexual assault survivors and preserving evidence. The working group would consult with stakeholders in various areas and be comprised of agency heads of governments or nongovernmental agencies. It would issue a report within two years of enactment on its recommendations.

    Imbues sexual assault survivors with the right not to be prevented from or charged for a medical forensic examination; the right to have an evidence collection kit preserved for the shorter of either 20 years or the maximum statute of limitations; the right to be informed of results of a collection kit if disclosure would not impede an ongoing investigation; the right to be informed of collection kit collection and preservation policies; and the right to be notified within 60 days of its intended destruction or disposal and to request further preservation. It would also:

    • Fund the promotion of these rights by the money in the Crime Victims Fund administered by U.S. Attorneys Offices and the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the benefit of crime victims;
    • Allow the attorney general to give grants to states for the dissemination of written notices of rights for sexual assault survivors. Grant recipients would give notice to medical centers, hospitals, law enforcement agencies and other groups, as well as post it to the website of the states attorney general; and
    • Establish a joint working group between the attorney general and Health and Human Services secretary to develop best practices for the care of sexual assault survivors and preserving evidence. The working group would consult with stakeholders in various areas and be comprised of agency heads of governments or nongovernmental agencies. It would issue a report within two years of enactment on its recommendations.
    • Ordered reported favorably to the full House by voice vote.

  • July 7, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Cicilline, (D-R.I.)
  • July 6, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Slaughter, L. (D-N.Y.)
  • July 1, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 1

    Issa, (R-Calif.)
  • June 28, 2016 — Additional cosponsor(s): 4

    DeLauro, (D-Conn.)Posey, (R-Fla.)
    Lieu, (D-Calif.)Wagner, (R-Mo.)
  • June 24, 2016 — Original cosponsor(s): 26

    Beyer (D-Va.)Gowdy, (R-S.C.)Nadler, (D-N.Y.)
    Brooks, S. (R-Ind.)Herrera Beutler, (R-Wash.)Norton, (D-D.C.)
    Cohen, (D-Tenn.)Jackson Lee, S. (D-Texas)Richmond, (D-La.)
    Comstock, (R-Va.)Jeffries, (D-N.Y.)Smith, Lamar (R-Texas)
    Conyers (D-Mich.)Johnson, H. (D-Ga.)Speier, (D-Calif.)
    Costello, (R-Pa.)Keating, (D-Mass.)Stefanik, (R-N.Y.)
    DelBene, (D-Wash.)Lofgren, (D-Calif.)Tsongas, (D-Mass.)
    Farr, (D-Calif.)Lowenthal, (D-Calif.)Wasserman Schultz, (D-Fla.)
    Goodlatte, R. (R-Va.)Meeks, (D-N.Y.)
  • June 24, 2016 — Read twice and referred to: House Energy and Commerce, House Judiciary.Congressional Record p. H4180