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S. 1520: Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act of 2021

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A bill to reform the disposition of charges and convening of courts-martial for certain offenses under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and increase the prevention of sexual assaults and other crimes in the military.

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Sponsor and status

Kirsten Gillibrand

Sponsor. Junior Senator for New York. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Apr 29, 2021
Length: 20 pages
Apr 29, 2021
117th Congress (2021–2023)

Introduced on Apr 29, 2021

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on April 29, 2021. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.

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65 Cosponsors (42 Democrats, 21 Republicans, 2 Independents)

4% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Senators Josh Hawley, Kirsten Gillibrand Lead Legislation to Improve Military Response to Sexual Assault
    — Sen. Joshua “Josh” Hawley [R-MO] (Co-sponsor) on May 25, 2021

Hudson Introduces Vanessa Guilln Act to Combat Sexual Assault in the Military
    — Rep. Richard Hudson [R-NC8] on Jun 23, 2021

Speier, Turner Introduce Bipartisan Vanessa Guilln Military Justice Improvement and Increasing Prevention Act to Remove Sexual Assault Prosecution Decisions from the Chain of Command
    — Rep. Michael Turner [R-OH10] on Jun 23, 2021

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Apr 29, 2021

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