This bill — the Combat Online Predators Act — would increase the maximum prison sentence for stalking minors by 5 years. It would also require the Attorney General to produce an annual report evaluating the enforcement of stalking laws at all level of government and identify best practices.
What is House Bill H.R. 4203?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 4203
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) introduced this bill to increase penalties related to the stalking of minors after a case in his district where a teenage girl was stalked by a friend’s father, who was arrested on two occasions and sentenced to between 18 months and 7 years in prison:
“Sitting with the Zezzo family, I saw the pain in their eyes. After hearing the disturbing story of cyberstalking endured by this young girl and her family for years, I knew something needed to be done. We must do everything we can to forcefully respond to egregious instances of stalking and cyberstalking, especially when committed against minors — the most vulnerable among us. The Combat Online Predators Act ensures that not only are we increasing penalties for these crimes, but also requiring federal law enforcement officials to constantly evaluate and update practices to combat this digital harassment. There is still ”
- Sponsoring Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-PA) Press Release
- House Judiciary Committee Press Release
- CBO Cost Estimate
- Bucks Local News
- Sunshine State News
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Combat Online Predators Act
To amend title 18, United States Code, with regard to stalking.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
Committee on the Judiciary
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- The house Passed April 10th, 2018Roll Call Vote 409 Yea / 2 Nay
Committee on the JudiciaryCrime, Terrorism and Homeland SecurityIntroducedNovember 1st, 2017
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