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

The text of the bill below is as of Dec 12, 2017 (Referred to Senate Committee).

Summary of this bill

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 ...



1st Session

H. R. 1730


December 12, 2017

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


To amend title 18, United States Code, to provide for the protection of community centers with religious affiliation, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protecting Religiously Affiliated Institutions Act of 2017.


Protection of community centers with religious affiliation

Section 247 of title 18, United States Code, is amended—


in subsection (a)(2), by inserting after threat of force, the following: including by threat of force against religious real property,;


in subsection (d)—


in paragraph (3), by striking and at the end;


by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (5); and


by inserting after paragraph (3) the following:


if damage to or destruction of property results from the acts committed in violation of this section, which damage to or destruction of such property is in an amount that exceeds $5,000, a fine in accordance with this title and imprisonment for not more than 3 years, or both; and

; and


in subsection (f), by inserting before the period at the end the following: , or real property owned or leased by a nonprofit, religiously affiliated organization.

Passed the House of Representatives December 11, 2017.

Karen L. Haas,