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S. 534 (115th): Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017

About the bill

Source: Republican Policy Committee

S. 534 extends the mandatory reporting requirements of child abuse to national governing bodies, like USA gymnastics, and affiliated amateur sports organizations, to ensure that reports are immediately made to local or federal law enforcement authorities. The bill also allows civil suits by minors against sex abuse perpetrators to be brought by clarifying that once a victim has established a harm occurred, the court will presume $150,000 in monetary damages. The bill also extends the civil statues of limitations for these cases. Additionally, the bill adds a new entity to the charter for the United States Olympic Committee. The entity, the Center for SafeSport, will be responsible for responding to reports of sexual misconduct within the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movements and developing and implementing best policies and practices for …

Sponsor and status

Dianne Feinstein

Sponsor. Senator for California. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Feb 2, 2018
Length: 8 pages
Mar 6, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Feb 14, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on February 14, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-126

29 Cosponsors (19 Democrats, 10 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senate Passes Resolution to Recognize National Girls and Women In Sports Day
    — Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] (Sponsor) on Feb 8, 2018

Ernst Applauds Congressional Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Force U.S. Amateur Athletic Organization Report Sexual Abuse
    — Sen. Joni Ernst [R-IA] (Co-sponsor) on Jan 31, 2018

Latta Votes for Legislation to Protect Athletes From Abuse
    — Rep. Robert Latta [R-OH5] on Jan 29, 2018

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Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 1426: United States Center for Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017

Ordered Reported on Jun 29, 2017. 82% incorporated. (compare text)


Mar 6, 2017

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May 11, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Nov 14, 2017
Passed Senate (House next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the Senate. It goes to the House next. The vote was by Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Jan 29, 2018
Passed House with Changes (back to Senate)

The House passed the bill with changes not in the Senate version and sent it back to the Senate to approve the changes.

Jan 30, 2018
Senate Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Feb 14, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 534 (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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 534. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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