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H.R. 920 (114th): Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015

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About the bill

The Smarter Sentencing Act of 2015 would reduce the mandatory minimum sentencing for controlled substance offenses. It would also reduce sentences of “couriers,” defined as those whose “offense was limited to transporting or storing drugs or money.” Included within the bill is a statement of purpose to “focus limited Federal resources on the most serious of offenders.” The bill has gained support from organizations in protest of mandatory minimum sentencing. Identical versions of this bill have been introduced to the House and the Senate.

Sponsor and status

Raúl Labrador

Sponsor. Representative for Idaho's 1st congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 12, 2015
Length: 12 pages
Feb 12, 2015
114th Congress (2015–2017)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on February 12, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


62 Cosponsors (46 Democrats, 16 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Labrador backs bipartisan federal criminal justice reform
    — Rep. Raúl Labrador [R-ID1, 2011-2018] (Sponsor) on Jun 26, 2015

Representative Blumenauer Introduces Bills to Ban the Box on Federal Job Applications, Reform Student Financial Aid Applications
    — Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3] (Co-sponsor) on Sep 10, 2015

Scott: Oregon Militia Occupation Ironically Highlights Whats Wrong With Mandatory Minimum Sentences
    — Rep. Robert “Bobby” Scott [D-VA3] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 5, 2016

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Feb 12, 2015

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

H.R. 920 (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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 920. This is the one from the 114th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 114th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2015 to Jan 3, 2017. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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