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H.R. 5909 (98th): Public School Civil Rights Act of 1984

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A bill to provide for civil rights in public schools.

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Sponsor and status

Jun 21, 1984
98th Congress, 1983–1984
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on June 21, 1984, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.


Edwin Bethune Jr.

Representative for Arkansas's 2nd congressional district




Jun 21, 1984

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H.R. 5909 (98th) 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.

This bill was introduced in the 98th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 1983 to Oct 12, 1984. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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