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H.R. 5866 (114th): Expanded Stalking Protections Act of 2016

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 14, 2016 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5866

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 14, 2016

(for herself and Mrs. Dingell) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To amend title 18, United States Code, to extend the coverage of the Federal prohibition against stalking in order to provide protection to friends and co-workers, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Expanded Stalking Protections Act of 2016.

2.

Stalking

(a)

In general

Section 2261A of title 18, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking Whoever and inserting (a) In general.—Whoever;

(2)

in paragraph (1)(A)(ii), by striking or;

(3)

in paragraph (1)(A)(iii), by striking or after the semicolon;

(4)

by adding at the end of paragraph (1)(A) the following:

(iv)

a friend of that person; or

(v)

a co-worker of that person; or

; and

(5)

by adding at the end of the following:

(b)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Co-worker

The term co-worker means a person with whom one has a work relationship, without regard to any hierarchy within the organization.

(2)

Friend

The term friend means a person with whom one has a bond of mutual affection, exclusive of intimate or family relations.

.

(b)

Conforming amendments

Section 2261A, as amended by subsection (a), is further amended—

(1)

in paragraph (1)(B), by striking or (iii) and inserting (iii), (iv), or (v);

(2)

in paragraph (2)(A), by striking or (iii) and inserting (iii), (iv), or (v); and

(3)

in paragraph (2)(B), by striking or (iii) and inserting (iii), (iv), or (v).