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H.R. 4203: Combat Online Predators Act

This was a vote to pass H.R. 4203 in the House. This vote was taken under a House procedure called “suspension of the rules” which is typically used to pass non-controversial bills. Votes under suspension require a 2/3rds majority. A failed vote under suspension can be taken again.

H.R. 4203 amends the federal criminal code to increase the maximum prison term for a stalking offense by 5 additional years, if the victim is under 18 years of age. It also requires the Attorney General to issue a report on best practices on the enforcement of state, local, tribal, and Federal stalking laws.

Stalking is any repeated and unwanted contact that makes someone feel unsafe. Most stalkers are people known to their targets — even an intimate partner. Stalking may get worse or become violent over time. Stalking may also be a sign of an abusive relationship.

The use of technology to stalk, sometimes called “cyberstalking,” involves using the Internet, email, or other electronic communications to stalk someone. Stalking and cyberstalking can lead to sleeping problems or problems at work or school for the target.

Examples of cyberstalking include:

  • Sending unwanted, frightening, or obscene emails, text messages, or instant messages (IMs)
  • Harassment or threats on social media
  • Tracking the target's computer and internet use
  • Using technology such as GPS to track the target

Source: Republican Policy Committee

Totals

All Votes R D
Yea 96%
 
 
409
226
 
183
 
Nay 0%
 
 
2
2
 
0
 
Not Voting 4%
 
 
17
8
 
9
 

Date: Apr 10, 2018

Question: On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass, as Amended in the House

Required: 2/3

Result: Passed

Source: house.gov

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