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S. 1738 (110th): PROTECT Our Children Act of 2008

A bill to require the Department of Justice to develop and implement a National Strategy Child Exploitation Prevention and Interdiction, to improve the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, to increase resources for regional computer forensic labs, and to make other improvements to increase the ability of law enforcement agencies to investigate and prosecute child predators.

Sponsor and status

Joseph Biden

Sponsor. Senator for Delaware. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Oct 1, 2008
Length: 25 pages
Jun 28, 2007
110th Congress (2007–2009)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 13, 2008

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 13, 2008.

Pub.L. 110-401

60 Cosponsors (41 Democrats, 18 Republicans, 1 Independent)


Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 3344: Protecting Children from Pornography and Internet Exploitation Act of 2008

Introduced on Jul 26, 2008. 78% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3297: Advancing America’s Priorities Act

Failed Cloture on Jul 28, 2008. 9% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 876: SAFE Act of 2007

Introduced on Feb 7, 2007. 59% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 519: SAFE Act of 2007

Introduced on Feb 7, 2007. 59% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2237: Crime Control and Prevention Act of 2007

Introduced on Oct 25, 2007. 2% incorporated. (compare text)


Jun 28, 2007

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May 15, 2008
Ordered Reported

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Sep 25, 2008
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Sep 26, 2008
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed the Senate.

Sep 27, 2008
Passed House

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Oct 13, 2008
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 1738 (110th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1738. This is the one from the 110th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 110th Congress, which met from Jan 4, 2007 to Jan 3, 2009. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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