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H.R. 7115 (116th): Restoration of Civil Rights Act of 2019

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About the bill

The Restoration of Civil Rights Act would implement several reforms to lawsuits or prosecutions involving American policing and law enforcement, including:

  • Eliminating the “qualified immunity” defense for law enforcement. In theory, qualified immunity is a doctrine that shields government officials from being held personally liable for money damages for constitutional violations under federal law, so long as the officials did not violate “clearly established” law. In practice, it’s been increasingly interpreted by courts to allow immunity from a wide range of lawsuits, including excessive force by police. (The defense is actually not an issue with the officers involved with George Floyd’s death, yet still ranks among the top police reforms sought by many criminal justice advocates.)
  • Explicitly granting the right to sue a state or state …

Sponsor and status

Marc Veasey

Sponsor. Representative for Texas's 33rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jun 4, 2020
Length: 7 pages
Jun 4, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 4, 2020, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


1 Cosponsor (1 Democrat)



Jun 4, 2020

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H.R. 7115 (116th) 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 H.R. 7115. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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