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H.R. 3359 (117th): Homicide Victims’ Families’ Rights Act of 2021

To provide for a system for reviewing the case files of cold case murders at the instance of certain persons, and for other purposes.

Sponsor and status

Eric Swalwell

Sponsor. Representative for California's 15th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 27, 2022
Length: 5 pages
May 19, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 3, 2022

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on August 3, 2022.

Pub.L. 117-164

17 Cosponsors (15 Democrats, 2 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

the daily leader: tuesday, march 29, 2022
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Mar 28, 2022

the daily leader: monday, march 28, 2022
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Mar 27, 2022

the weekly leader: friday, march 25, 2022
    — Rep. Steny Hoyer [D-MD5] on Mar 25, 2022

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to H.R. 3359 will be negligible.

Incorporated legislation

This bill incorporates provisions from:

S. 4549: Homicide Victims’ Families’ Rights Act of 2022

Introduced on Jul 19, 2022. 100% incorporated. (compare text)


May 19, 2021

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Dec 8, 2021
Ordered Reported

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Mar 25, 2022
Text Published

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Mar 28, 2022
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Mar 29, 2022
Passed House (Senate next)

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

Jul 25, 2022
Passed Senate

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 Unanimous Consent so no record of individual votes was made.

Aug 3, 2022
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 3359 (117th) 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. 3359. This is the one from the 117th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 117th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2021 to Jan 3, 2023. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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