Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Federal Activity

5/16/2019


U.S. Capitol The NCSL Law, Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee represents state legislatures' interests to the federal government in various ways, including submitting testimonies for committee hearings, writing letters on pending federal legislation with positive or adverse state impact pursuant to Law and Criminal Justice policies, commenting on proposed federal agency actions, and filing amicus briefs with the United States Supreme Court. See below for our most recent activities in these areas.
 

Executive Orders and Agency Guidance

 

Letters

Bill Summaries

  • The Election Security Act-H.R. 2660 Bill Summary. (June 10, 2019)
  • American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, March 2019. See Summary.
  • First Step Act Summary, December 14, 2018. See summary.
  • Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation in the 115th Congress, June 16, 2017. See summary.
  • Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017, Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security Summary, May 1, 2017. See summary.
  • Background Summary on The Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA). (March 23, 2017)
  • H.R. 5046 – “Comprehensive Opioid Abuse Reduction Act of 2016”, Sponsor: Rep. James Sensenbrenner (WI), Status: Introduced 4/25/16; Passed House 5/12/16; Referred to Senate 5/16/16, Committee: Senate Committee on the Judiciary, June 2, 2016. See Summary.
  • H.R. 5048 – “Good Samaritan Assessment Act of 2016”, Sponsor: Rep. Frank Guinta (NH), Status: Introduced 4/26/16; Passed House 5/10/16; Referred to Senate 5/11/16, Committee: Senate Committee on the Judiciary, June 2, 2016. See Summary.
  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, 2016, Senate Introduced Minibus December 16, 2015. See summary
  • H.R. 3713, the Sentencing Reform Act of 2015, December 2, 2015. See summary.
  • H.R. 4003, the Regulatory Reporting Act of 2015, December 2, 2015. See summary.
  • H.R. 400, the Fix the Footnotes Act of 2015, December 2, 2015. See summary.
  • H.R. 4023, the Clean Up the Code Act of 2015, December 2, 2015. See summary.
  • H.R. 4002, Criminal Code Improvement Act of 2015, November 20, 2015. See summary.
  • Department of Justice Appropriations 2016, Senate Introduced Minibus, September 30, 2015, See summary.
  • Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Bill, 2016. Senate Introduced Minibus September 30, 2015. See summary.
  • H.R. 240, Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2015.Passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on January 14, 2015 with amendments. Vote: 236 – 191. See summary.
  • Section 2576a of Title 10, United States Code, "Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act of 2014" sponsored by Representative Henry C. Johnson (D - Georgia). See summary.
  • HR 3530, “Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2014” sponsored by Representative Ted Poe (R-Texas). See summary.
  • HR 3610, “Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2013” sponsored by Representative Erik Paulsen (R-Minn.) See summary.
  • HR 3899, " Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2014" sponsored by Representative James Sensenbrenner. See summary.
  • S. 1738, "Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2013" sponsored by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) is the companion bill to HR 3530 (as originally introduced). It contains a different funding mechanism to support state efforts in combating human trafficking. See summary
  • S. 1733, "Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act of 2013" sponsored by Senator Amy Klobuchar is the companion bill to HR 3610 (as originally introduced) contains an additional provision providing for the establishment of a national strategy to combat human trafficking. Under the provision the Attorney General will coordinate efforts to develop this strategy. See summary
  • S. 1410, "Smarter Sentencing Act of 2014" sponsored by Senator Richard Durbin. See summary
  • S. 2611, Helping Unaccompanied Minors and Alleviating National Emergency Act (HUMANE Act), Introduced by Senator John Cornyn (R-Texas) July 15, 2014. See summary.
  • TSCA Section by Section Discussion Draft on "Chemicals in Commerce Act". See summary.
     

Recent U.S. Supreme Court Cases With State Impact

NCSL Comments