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H.R. 1865: Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017

About the bill

A new bill could become the first law to apply criminal penalties to website owners due to posts of that site’s users — or so Silicon Valley and tech advocates fear.

Context and what the bill does

Ever since a 1996 law, no internet website or company can be penalized for content a user posts. That’s why Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, or Reddit can’t be sued when anybody uses their platform to post hate speech or advocations of violence or terrorism.

The Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act would open ...

Sponsor and status

Ann Wagner

Sponsor. Representative for Missouri's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Mar 23, 2018
Length: 4 pages
Introduced:

Apr 3, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019

Status:

Enacted — Signed by the President on Apr 11, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on April 11, 2018.

Law:

Pub.L. 115-164

History

Apr 3, 2017
 
Introduced

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

Nov 30, 2017
 
Considered by Communications and Technology

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

Dec 12, 2017
 
Ordered Reported

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.

Feb 20, 2018
 
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.

Feb 27, 2018
 
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Mar 21, 2018
 
Passed Senate

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Apr 11, 2018
 
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 1865 is 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.

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