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H.R. 1730 (115th): Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 1730 would clarify and strengthen the coverage of current laws against damaging religious property. Specifically, the bill amends the Church Arson Prevention Act to clarify that the conduct covered under this statute includes bomb threats to religious institutions, whether they be synagogues, mosques, churches, or religious community centers. This legislation also adds language to clarify that threats covered under subsection (a)(2) of the Act include threats to property, so long as the threat causes such intimidation to intentionally obstruct the individual’s ability to exercise their right to practice their religion. Further, the legislation increases the criminal penalty where the underlying act causes damage or destruction of property, but only where such damage is caused by fire or explosives. Finally, the bill clarifies that “real religious property” includes property that …

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David Kustoff

Sponsor. Representative for Tennessee's 8th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 12, 2017
Length: 3 pages
Mar 27, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Enacted Via Other Measures

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This bill was incorporated into:

S. 994: Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President on Sep 28, 2018. (compare text)

50 Cosponsors (33 Democrats, 17 Republicans)



Mar 27, 2017

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Nov 2, 2017
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Dec 11, 2017
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Dec 11, 2017
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H.R. 1730 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1730. 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 passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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