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H.Res. 642 (114th): Recognizing magic as a rare and valuable art form and national treasure.

About the resolution

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Congressional Resolution 642 is a proposed legislation, introduced to the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform by Pete Sessions on 14 March 2016, to help preserve, protect, and promote magic as an art form. The movement is publicly headed by Las Vegas magician David Copperfield and is embodied by various magic organisations, including the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians, and by many politicians. The bill requests that the United States House of Representatives:

(1) recognizes magic as a rare and valuable art ...

Sponsor and status

Pete Sessions

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 32nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 14, 2016
Length: 4 pages

Mar 14, 2016
114th Congress, 2015–2017

Died in a previous Congress

This resolution was introduced on March 14, 2016, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Mar 14, 2016

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

H.Res. 642 (114th) was a simple resolution in the United States Congress.

A simple resolution is used for matters that affect just one chamber of Congress, often to change the rules of the chamber to set the manner of debate for a related bill. It must be agreed to in the chamber in which it was introduced. It is not voted on in the other chamber and does not have the force of law.

This simple resolution 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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