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S. 1610 (115th): Walter Scott Notification Act of 2017

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A 2015 FBI investigation revealed that more than half the people killed by police went uncounted in the country’s official crime statistics.

In October 2016, mere weeks before the election, Obama’s Attorney General Loretta Lynch announced the creation of a federal database. However, this was not mandated by Congress or by law, allowing a potential future Justice Department to slow-walk the initiative or even overturn it — as Trump’s Attorney General Jeff Sessions appears to have done.

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Sponsor and status

Tim Scott

Sponsor. Junior Senator for South Carolina. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jul 20, 2017
Length: 6 pages
Jul 20, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 20, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.



Jul 20, 2017

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

S. 1610 (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.

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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