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S. 1693 (115th): Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017

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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

Robert “Rob” Portman

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Ohio. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 10, 2018
Length: 10 pages
Introduced
Aug 1, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on November 8, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

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Position statements

What legislators are saying

Anti-Trafficking Advocates, Law Enforcement, Tech Praise Senate Passage of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act
    — Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH] (Sponsor) on Mar 21, 2018

President Signs Heller-Backed Bill to Stop Online Sex Trafficking in Nevada
    — Sen. Dean Heller [R-NV, 2011-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 11, 2018

Maloney Praises Senate Passage of Bill to Combat Online Sex Trafficking
    — Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D-NY12] on Mar 21, 2018

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History

Aug 1, 2017
 
Introduced

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Sep 19, 2017
 
Considered by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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

Nov 8, 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.

Jan 10, 2018
 
Reported by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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S. 1693 (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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