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H.R. 5578 (114th): Survivors’ Bill of Rights Act of 2016

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The Survivors' Bill of Rights Act of 2016 (Pub.L. 114–236) is a landmark civil rights and victims rights legislation in the United States that establishes, for the first time, statutory rights in federal code for survivors of sexual assault and rape. The law impacts nearly 25 million estimated rape survivors in the United States. This legislation was passed by the United States Congress in September 2016 and signed into law by US President Barack Obama on October 7, 2016.

The law overhauls the way that rape kits are ...

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Mimi Walters

Sponsor. Representative for California's 45th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 30, 2016
Length: 4 pages
Jun 24, 2016
114th Congress, 2015–2017

Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 7, 2016

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 7, 2016.

Pub.L. 114-236

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 2613: Adam Walsh Reauthorization Act of 2016

Passed Senate (House next) on May 23, 2016. 84% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5571: Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act

Introduced on Jun 22, 2016. 72% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2566: Sexual Assault Survivors’ Rights Act

Introduced on Feb 23, 2016. 66% incorporated. (compare text)


Jun 24, 2016

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Jul 7, 2016
Ordered Reported

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Sep 6, 2016
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Sep 6, 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.

Sep 28, 2016
Passed Senate

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 7, 2016
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 5578 (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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