US HB1865 | 2017-2018 | 115th Congress

Status

Completed Legislative Action
Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Republican 115-60)
Status: Passed on April 11 2018 - 100% progression
Action: 2018-04-11 - Became Public Law No: 115-164. (TXT | PDF)
Text: Latest bill text (Enrolled) [PDF]

Summary

Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017 (Sec. 2) This bill expresses the sense of Congress that section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934 was not intended to provide legal protection to websites that unlawfully promote and facilitate prostitution and websites that facilitate traffickers in advertising the sale of unlawful sex acts with sex trafficking victims. Section 230 limits the legal liability of interactive computer service providers or users for content they publish that was created by others. (Sec. 3) The bill amends the federal criminal code to add a new section that imposes penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to 10 years, or both—on a person who, using a facility or means of interstate or foreign commerce, owns, manages, or operates an interactive computer service (or attempts or conspires to do so) to promote or facilitate the prostitution of another person. Additionally, it establishes enhanced penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to 25 years, or both—for a person who commits the offense in one of the following aggravating circumstances: (1) promotes or facilitates the prostitution of five or more persons, or (2) acts with reckless disregard that such conduct contributes to sex trafficking. A person injured by an aggravated offense may recover damages and attorneys' fees in a federal civil action. A court must order mandatory restitution, in addition to other criminal or civil penalties, for an aggravated offense in which a person acts with reckless disregard that such conduct contributes to sex trafficking. A defendant may assert, as an affirmative defense, that the promotion or facilitation of prostitution is legal in the jurisdiction where it was targeted. (Sec. 4) The bill amends the Communications Act of 1934 to declare that section 230 does not limit: (1) a federal civil claim for conduct that constitutes sex trafficking, (2) a federal criminal charge for conduct that constitutes sex trafficking, or (3) a state criminal charge for conduct that promotes or facilitates prostitution in violation of this bill. The amendments apply regardless of whether alleged conduct occurs before, on, or after this bill's enactment. (Sec. 5) The bill amends the federal criminal code to define a phrase related to the prohibition on sex trafficking. Currently, it a crime to knowingly benefit from participation in a venture that engages in sex trafficking. This bill defines "participation in a venture" to mean knowingly assisting, supporting, or facilitating a sex trafficking violation. (Sec. 6) A state may file a federal civil action to enforce federal sex trafficking violations. (Sec. 7) This section states that this bill does not limit federal or state civil actions or criminal prosecutions that are not preempted by section 230 of the Communications Act of 1934. (Sec. 8) The Government Accountability Office must report to Congress on information related to damages and mandatory restitution for aggravated offenses under this bill.

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Title

Allow States and Victims to Fight Online Sex Trafficking Act of 2017

Sponsors

Rep. Ann Wagner [R]Rep. Joyce Beatty [D]Rep. Christopher Smith [R]Rep. Yvette Clarke [D]
Rep. Ted Poe [R]Rep. Carolyn Maloney [D]Rep. Edward Royce [R]Rep. Martha Roby [R]
Rep. Adam Kinzinger [R]Rep. Lynn Jenkins [R]Rep. Lloyd Smucker [R]Rep. Steve Stivers [R]
Rep. Randy Weber [R]Rep. Charles Fleischmann [R]Rep. Leonard Lance [R]Rep. Terri Sewell [D]
Rep. Peter Roskam [R]Rep. David Rouzer [R]Rep. Gwen Moore [D]Rep. John Shimkus [R]
Rep. Juan Vargas [D]Rep. Michael Turner [R]Rep. Jacky Rosen [D]Rep. Vicky Hartzler [R]
Rep. Dwight Evans [D]Rep. Thomas Garrett [R]Rep. John Katko [R]Rep. Robin Kelly [D]
Rep. Frederica Wilson [D]Rep. Darin LaHood [R]Rep. Mike Coffman [R]Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer [R]
Rep. Mike Bishop [R]Rep. Elise Stefanik [R]Rep. Charlie Crist [D]Rep. Salud Carbajal [D]
Rep. Barbara Comstock [R]Rep. Rodney Davis [R]Rep. Thomas Rooney [R]Rep. Sam Graves [R]
Rep. Jason Smith [R]Rep. Lee Zeldin [R]Rep. Thomas MacArthur [R]Rep. Robert Pittenger [R]
Rep. Michael Conaway [R]Rep. David Young [R]Rep. Mark Walker [R]Rep. Tim Walberg [R]
Rep. Andy Harris [R]Rep. Luke Messer [R]Rep. Lamar Smith [R]Rep. Dave Brat [R]
Rep. Bruce Poliquin [R]Rep. David Valadao [R]Rep. Mimi Walters [R]Rep. Bob Gibbs [R]
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler [R]Rep. Billy Long [R]Rep. G. Butterfield [D]Rep. Donald Payne [D]
Rep. Karen Bass [D]Rep. Eddie Johnson [D]Rep. Colleen Hanabusa [D]Rep. Lisa Rochester [D]
Rep. Brenda Lawrence [D]Rep. Rosa DeLauro [D]Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham [D]Rep. Alcee Hastings [D]
Rep. Cedric Richmond [D]Rep. Mia Love [R]Rep. Lacy Clay [D]Rep. Daniel Kildee [D]
Rep. Anthony Brown [D]Rep. Stacey Plaskett [D]Rep. Alma Adams [D]Rep. Bennie Thompson [D]
Rep. Emanuel Cleaver [D]Rep. Mike Bost [R]Rep. Claudia Tenney [R]Rep. Richard Hudson [R]
Rep. Karen Handel [R]Rep. Henry Cuellar [D]Rep. Tom Cole [R]Rep. Gus Bilirakis [R]
Rep. Kristi Noem [R]Rep. Susan Brooks [R]Sen. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen [R]Rep. Dennis Ross [R]
Rep. Trent Kelly [R]Rep. Daniel Donovan [R]Rep. Ann Kuster [D]Rep. Sanford Bishop [D]
Rep. Bonnie Coleman [D]Rep. Gary Palmer [R]Rep. Warren Davidson [R]Rep. Virginia Foxx [R]
Rep. Diane Black [R]Rep. Gerald Connolly [D]Rep. John Faso [R]Rep. Keith Rothfus [R]
Rep. Michael McCaul [R]Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick [R]Rep. Jackie Walorski [R]Rep. Tom Reed [R]
Rep. David Joyce [R]Rep. Robert Brady [D]Rep. Chris Stewart [R]Rep. Trent Franks [R]
Rep. Krysten Sinema [D]Rep. Bobby Rush [D]Rep. Gregory Meeks [D]Rep. Tom O'Halleran [D]
Rep. Mike Johnson [R]Rep. Bill Posey [R]Rep. Evan Jenkins [R]Rep. Vicente Gonzalez [D]
Rep. Danny Davis [D]Rep. James McGovern [D]Rep. Gene Green [D]Rep. John Lewis [D]
Rep. Adriano Espaillat [D]Rep. William Keating [D]Rep. Richard Nolan [D]Rep. Dina Titus [D]
Rep. Sean Maloney [D]Rep. Jose Serrano [D]Rep. Scott DesJarlais [R]Rep. Carlos Curbelo [R]
Rep. Robert Aderholt [R]Rep. Randy Hultgren [R]Rep. Marsha Blackburn [R]Rep. Jeff Fortenberry [R]
Rep. Mike Kelly [R]Rep. Steve King [R]Rep. Doug LaMalfa [R]Rep. Doug Lamborn [R]
Rep. Pete Olson [R]Rep. Stevan Pearce [R]Rep. Pete Sessions [R]Rep. Joe Wilson [R]
Rep. Steve Cohen [D]Rep. Eleanor Norton [D]Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen [R]Rep. Erik Paulsen [R]
Rep. David Reichert [R]Rep. David Roe [R]Rep. Kevin Brady [R]Rep. Bill Flores [R]
Rep. Bill Shuster [R]Rep. Trey Hollingsworth [R]Rep. Bradley Byrne [R]Rep. Austin Scott [R]
Rep. Al Lawson [D]Rep. Kathleen Rice [D]Rep. Markwayne Mullin [R]Rep. Brett Guthrie [R]
Rep. Patrick Tiberi [R]Rep. Louie Gohmert [R]Rep. Tom Rice [R]Rep. Roger Williams [R]
Rep. Lou Barletta [R]Rep. James Sensenbrenner [R]Rep. Roger Marshall [R]Rep. Michael Burgess [R]
Rep. Stephen Knight [R]Rep. David Kustoff [R]Rep. Frank Lucas [R]Rep. Nydia Velazquez [D]
Rep. Michael Capuano [D]Rep. John Culberson [R]Rep. Ed Perlmutter [D]Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz [D]
Rep. Jim Costa [D]Rep. Ken Calvert [R]Rep. Ted Yoho [R]

Roll Calls

2018-03-21 - Senate - Motion to waive all applicable budgetary discipline with respect to amendment SA 2213 rejected in Senate S.Amdt.2213 RC# 59 (Y: 21 N: 78 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [FAIL]
2018-03-21 - Senate - Passed Senate without amendment RC# 60 (Y: 97 N: 2 NV: 1 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2018-03-19 - Senate - Cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure RC# 57 (Y: 94 N: 2 NV: 4 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2018-02-27 - House - On agreeing to the Walters, Mimi amendment (A002) H.Amdt.526 RC# 90 (Y: 308 N: 107 NV: 15 Abs: 0) [PASS]
2018-02-27 - House - On passage RC# 91 (Y: 388 N: 25 NV: 17 Abs: 0) [PASS]

History

DateChamberAction
2018-04-11SenateBecame Public Law No: 115-164. (TXT | PDF)
2018-04-11SenateSigned by President.
2018-04-03SenatePresented to President.
2018-03-21SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
2018-03-21SenatePassed Senate without amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 97 - 2. Record Vote Number: 60.
2018-03-21SenateS.Amdt.2212 Proposed amendment SA 2212 withdrawn in Senate. (consideration: CR S1871)
2018-03-21SenateS.Amdt.2213 Amendment SA 2213 ruled out of order by the chair.
2018-03-21SenateS.Amdt.2213 Motion to waive all applicable budgetary discipline with respect to amendment SA 2213 rejected in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 21 - 78. Record Vote Number: 59.
2018-03-21SenateS.Amdt.2213 Point of order that the amendement violates section 4106(a) of H.Con.Res. 71, 115th Congress, raised in Senate with respect to amendment SA 2213.
2018-03-21SenateS.Amdt.2213 Amendment SA 2213 proposed by Senator Wyden. (consideration: CR S1865-1871; text: CR S1865) To provide additional funding to the Department of Justice to combat the online facilitation of sex trafficking.
2018-03-21SenateS.Amdt.2212 Amendment SA 2212 proposed by Senator Wyden. (consideration: CR S1865-1871; text: CR S1865) To clarify that efforts of a provider or user of an interactive computer service to identify, restrict access to, or remove objectionable material shall not be considered in determining the criminal or civil liability of the provider or user for other material.
2018-03-21SenateMeasure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S1849-1872)
2018-03-20SenateMotion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (CR S1801)
2018-03-19SenateSenate vitiated previous cloture on the motion to proceed to the measure by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S1780-1784)
2018-03-19SenateCloture on the motion to proceed to the measure invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 94 - 2. Record Vote Number: 57. (CR S1780)
2018-03-19SenateMotion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (CR S1773)
2018-03-15SenateMotion to proceed to measure considered in Senate. (CR S1742)
2018-03-14SenateCloture motion on the motion to proceed to the measure presented in Senate.
2018-03-14SenateMotion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (CR S1731)
2018-03-01SenateRead the second time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 339.
2018-02-28SenateReceived in the Senate. Read the first time. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under Read the First Time.
2018-02-27HouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
2018-02-27HouseOn passage Passed by recorded vote: 388 - 25 (Roll no. 91).
2018-02-27HouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule.
2018-02-27HouseThe House adopted the amendments en gross as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union.
2018-02-27HouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1865.
2018-02-27HouseH.Amdt.526 On agreeing to the Walters, Mimi amendment (A002) Agreed to by recorded vote: 308 - 107 (Roll no. 90).
2018-02-27HouseUNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was the question on adoption of an amendment which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
2018-02-27HouseThe House resolved into Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union for further consideration.
2018-02-27HouseConsidered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H1317-1319)
2018-02-27HouseCommittee of the Whole House on the state of the Union rises leaving H.R. 1865 as unfinished business.
2018-02-27HouseOn motion that the Committee rise Agreed to by voice vote.
2018-02-27HouseMrs. Roby moved that the Committee rise.
2018-02-27HouseH.Amdt.527 On agreeing to the Jackson Lee amendment (A003) Agreed to by voice vote.
2018-02-27HouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 748, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Jackson Lee amendment No. 3.
2018-02-27HouseH.Amdt.527 Amendment (A003) offered by Ms. Jackson Lee. (consideration: CR H1304-1305; text: CR H1304)
2018-02-27HousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Mimi Walters amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote announced that the ayes had prevailed. Ms. Lofgren demanded a recorded vote, and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
2018-02-27HouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 748, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Mrs. Mimi Walters (CA) amendment No. 2.
2018-02-27HouseH.Amdt.526 Amendment (A002) offered by Mrs. Walters, Mimi. (consideration: CR H1302-1304, H1317-1318; text: CR H1302)
2018-02-27HouseH.Amdt.525 On agreeing to the Goodlatte amendment (A001) Agreed to by voice vote.
2018-02-27HouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 748, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Goodlatte amendment No. 1.
2018-02-27HouseH.Amdt.525 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. Goodlatte. (consideration: CR H1301-1302; text: CR H1301-1302)
2018-02-27HouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1865.
2018-02-27HouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Jeff Denham to act as Chairman of the Committee.
2018-02-27HouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 748 and Rule XVIII.
2018-02-27HouseRule provides for consideration of H.R. 1865. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1865 under a structured rule with one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary. The rule makes in order an amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary printed in the bill. The rule also provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
2018-02-27HouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 748. (consideration: CR H1290-1305; text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR H1301)
2018-02-27HouseRule H. Res. 748 passed House.
2018-02-26HouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 748 Reported to House. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1865. Rule provides for consideration of H.R. 1865 under a structured rule with one hour of debate equally divided and controlled by the Chair and Ranking Member of the Committee on the Judiciary. The rule makes in order an amendment in the nature of a substitute recommended by the Committee on the Judiciary printed in the bill. The rule also provides one motion to recommit with or without instructions.
2018-02-20HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 432.
2018-02-20HouseCommittee on Energy and Commerce discharged.
2018-02-20HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 115-572, Part I.
2017-12-12HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
2017-12-12HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
2017-04-26HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
2017-04-07HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
2017-04-03HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
2017-04-03HouseReferred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
2017-04-03HouseIntroduced in House

Same As/Similar To

SB1693 (Related) 2018-01-10 - Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 292.
HR748 (Related) 2018-02-27 - Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.

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US Congress State Sources

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Texthttps://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr1865/BILLS-115hr1865pcs.pdf
Texthttps://www.congress.gov/115/bills/hr1865/BILLS-115hr1865enr.pdf
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