About the bill
The U.S. Code contains almost 5,000 federal crimes, impossible for any reasonable person to memorize. So what happens if somebody accidentally breaks a law that they didn’t even realize was a law? Two bills, if passed, would clarify that criminal intent is required to prosecute people for most federal crimes. Though it may sound simple, some opponents believe the bill’s sponsors may have a more sinister ulterior motive.
What is mens rea?
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Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Wisconsin's 5th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: Dec 23, 2016
Length: 38 pages
Nov 16, 2015
114th Congress, 2015–2017
Died in a previous Congress
This bill was introduced on November 18, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.
Nov 16, 2015
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Nov 18, 2015
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Dec 23, 2016
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary
A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.
H.R. 4002 (114th) 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.
This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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Civic Impulse. (2017). H.R. 4002 — 114th Congress: Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015. Retrieved from https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr4002
“H.R. 4002 — 114th Congress: Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015.” www.GovTrack.us. 2015. December 13, 2017 <https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/hr4002>
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