About the bill
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Context and what the bill does
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Sponsor and status
Sponsor. Representative for Florida's 16th congressional district. Republican.
Last Updated: May 22, 2017
Length: 3 pages
115th Congress (2017–2019)
This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on May 18, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.
What legislators are saying
“Barletta Honors Law Enforcement in Recognition of National Police Week”
— Rep. Lou Barletta [R-PA11, 2011-2018] (Co-sponsor) on May 17, 2018
Jan 3, 2017
Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.
Apr 27, 2017
A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.
May 11, 2017
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary
A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.
May 18, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)
The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.
Jan 3, 2019
Reintroduced Bill — Introduced
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 99.
H.R. 115 (115th) 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. 115. This is the one from the 115th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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Thin Blue Line Act, H.R. 115, 115th Cong. (2017).
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