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S. 3985 (116th): JUSTICE Act


A bill to improve and reform policing practices, accountability, and transparency.

The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.

Sponsor and status

Tim Scott

Sponsor. Junior Senator for South Carolina. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jun 18, 2020
Length: 108 pages
Introduced
Jun 17, 2020
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress but was killed due to a failed vote for cloture, under a fast-track vote called "suspension", or while resolving differences on June 24, 2020. Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills.

Provisions of this bill also appear in:

S. 2163: Commission on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys Act
Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 14, 2020. (compare text)
Cosponsors

48 Cosponsors (48 Republicans)

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Position statements

What legislators are saying

Gardner Statement on the JUSTICE Act
    — Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO, 2015-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 24, 2020

HYDE-SMITH DECRIES IRRESPONSIBLE BLOCKING OF LAW ENFORCEMENT TRAINING & ACCOUNTABILITY REFORM BILL
    — Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith [R-MS] (Co-sponsor) on Jun 24, 2020

Phillips Supports George Floyd Justice in Policing Act to Improve Law Enforcement and Keep Our Communities Safe
    — Rep. Dean Phillips [D-MN3] on Jun 25, 2020

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History

Jun 17, 2020
 
Introduced

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

Jun 18, 2020
 
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.

Jun 24, 2020
 
Failed Cloture in the Senate

The Senate must often vote to end debate before voting on a bill, called a cloture vote. The vote on cloture failed. This is often considered a filibuster. The Senate may try again.

S. 3985 (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 S. 3985. 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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