S. 2577: Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016

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Introduced:

Feb 24, 2016

Status:

Passed Senate on Jun 16, 2016

This bill passed in the Senate on June 16, 2016 and goes to the House next for consideration.

Sponsor:

John Cornyn

Senior Senator from Texas

Republican

Text:

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Last Updated: Jun 20, 2016
Length: 45 pages

Prognosis:

36% chance of being enacted (details)

About the bill

Full Title

A bill to protect crime victims' rights, to eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA and other forensic evidence samples to improve and expand the forensic science testing capacity of Federal, State, and local crime laboratories, to increase research and development of new testing technologies, to develop new training programs regarding the collection and use of forensic evidence, to provide post-conviction testing of DNA evidence to exonerate the innocent, to support accreditation efforts of forensic science laboratories and medical examiner offices, to address training and equipment needs, to improve the performance of counsel in State capital cases, and for other purposes.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

History

Feb 24, 2016
 
Introduced

This is the first step in the legislative process.

May 12, 2016
 
Reported by Committee

A committee has issued a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Jun 16, 2016
 
Passed Senate

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

 
Passed House

 
Signed by the President

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