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H.R. 2116: Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair Act of 2022

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To prohibit discrimination based on an individual's texture or style of hair.

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Sponsor and status

Bonnie Watson Coleman

Sponsor. Representative for New Jersey's 12th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 21, 2022
Length: 12 pages
Mar 19, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Passed House (Senate next) on Mar 18, 2022

This bill passed in the House on March 18, 2022 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

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116 Cosponsors (115 Democrats, 1 Republican)

3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

Statement of Administration Policy

President Joseph Biden [D]: H.R. 2116 – Creating a Respectful and Open World for Natural Hair (CROWN) Act of 2022 (Mar 15, 2022)

What legislators are saying

Hank Speaks With Revolt Black News on Black-Owned Media
    — Rep. Henry “Hank” Johnson [D-GA4] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 20, 2022

Rep. Payne, Jr. Votes to Ban Discrimination Based on Hair Style or Texture
    — Rep. Donald Payne [D-NJ10] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 18, 2022

Heres how the lawmakers who represent Centre County in Congress voted March 18-24
    — Rep. Fred Keller [R-PA12] on Mar 29, 2022

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 2116 will add $4 million in new spending through 2031.


Mar 19, 2021

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Sep 29, 2021
Considered by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Sep 30, 2021
Ordered Reported

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Feb 25, 2022
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Suspension).

Feb 25, 2022
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Feb 28, 2022
Failed in the House Under Suspension

Passage was attempted under a fast-track procedure called "suspension of the rules." The vote failed, but the bill can be voted on again.

Mar 11, 2022
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Preprint (Rule).

Mar 18, 2022
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

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Passed Senate

Signed by the President

H.R. 2116 is 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. 2116. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

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