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H.R. 4203: Combat Online Predators Act

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 4203 amends the federal criminal code to increase the maximum prison term for a stalking offense by 5 additional years, if the victim is under 18 years of age. It also requires the Attorney General to issue a report on best practices on the enforcement of state, local, tribal, and Federal stalking laws.

Stalking is any repeated and unwanted contact that makes someone feel unsafe. Most stalkers are people known to their targets — even an intimate partner. Stalking may get worse or become violent over time. Stalking may ...

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Brian Fitzpatrick

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

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Last Updated: Apr 11, 2018
Length: 3 pages

Nov 1, 2017


Passed House (Senate next) on Apr 10, 2018

This bill passed in the House on April 10, 2018 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.


32% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)


Nov 1, 2017

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Nov 2, 2017
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Apr 10, 2018
Passed House (Senate next)

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Apr 10, 2018
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