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S. 2298 (114th): Mens Rea Reform Act of 2015

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?

Mens rea is a Latin phrase meaning “guilty mind.” It is one of several ...

Sponsor and status

Orrin Hatch

Sponsor. Senior Senator for Utah. Republican.

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Last Updated: Nov 18, 2015
Length: 7 pages
Introduced:

Nov 18, 2015
114th Congress, 2015–2017

Status:
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on November 18, 2015, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

History

Nov 18, 2015
 
Introduced

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

S. 2298 (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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