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S. 756 (115th): S. 756: FIRST Step Act

About the bill

This bill became the vehicle for passage of the FIRST Step Act, the Senate's criminal justice reform bill. The text of this bill was replaced in whole on December 18, 2018 with criminal justice reform provisions. Those provisions were originally introduced in S. 2795 and H.R. 5682.

Prior to becoming the vehicle for passage of criminal justice reform, this bill was the Save Our Seas Act of 2018.

Sponsor and status

115th Congress (2017–2019)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 21, 2018

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on December 21, 2018.

Pub.L. 115-391

Dan Sullivan was the sponsor of this bill when it was introduced on Mar 29, 2017, but the bill’s text was subsequently replaced with unrelated provisions.


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Last Updated: Dec 21, 2018
Length: 56 pages


21 Cosponsors (12 Democrats, 8 Republicans, 1 Independent)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Ranking Member Nadler Floor Statement in Support of S. 756, the First Step Act
    — Rep. Jerrold Nadler [D-NY12] on Dec 20, 2018

Collins-Jeffries Historic Criminal Justice Reform Bill Signed Into Law
    — Rep. Hakeem Jeffries [D-NY8] on Dec 21, 2018

Bonamici Applauds First Step Act, Calls for Further Criminal Justice Reforms
    — Rep. Suzanne Bonamici [D-OR1] on Dec 20, 2018

More statements at ProPublica Represent...

What stakeholders are saying

FedCURE 21 December 2018
R Street Institute estimates S. 756 will add $46 million in new spending through 2022.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 3747: First Step Act of 2018

Introduced on Dec 12, 2018. 100% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3649: First Step Act

Introduced on Nov 15, 2018. 95% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 5682: FIRST STEP Act

Passed House (Senate next) on May 22, 2018. 88% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2795: FIRST STEP Act

Introduced on May 7, 2018. 84% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 3635: Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2018

Introduced on Nov 15, 2018. 99% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 3356: Prison Reform and Redemption Act

Introduced on Jul 24, 2017. 52% incorporated. (compare text)

H.R. 2899: Second Chance Reauthorization Act of 2017

Introduced on Jun 13, 2017. 97% incorporated. (compare text)

S. 2471: GRACE Act

Introduced on Feb 28, 2018. 77% incorporated. (compare text)


Mar 29, 2017

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

Apr 5, 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.

Jul 24, 2017
Reported by Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation

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.

Aug 3, 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.

Jun 27, 2018
Considered by House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

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

Jul 25, 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. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

Dec 18, 2018
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

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

Dec 20, 2018
House 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.

Dec 21, 2018
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

S. 756 (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. 756. 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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