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Bills Introduced

Crime

S.2577—Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)/Judiciary (2/24/16)—A bill to protect crime victims’ rights, to eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA and other forensic evidence samples to improve and expand the forensic science testing capacity of federal, state, and local crime laboratories, to increase research and development of new testing technologies, to develop new training programs regarding the collection and use of forensic evidence, to provide post-conviction testing of DNA evidence to exonerate the innocent, to support accreditation efforts of forensic science laboratories and medical examiner offices, to address training and equipment needs, to improve the performance of counsel in state capital cases, and for other purposes.

H.R. 4602—Rep. Ted Poe (R-TX)/Judiciary, Financial Services (2/24/16)—A bill to protect crime victims’ rights, to eliminate the substantial backlog of DNA and other forensic evidence samples to improve and expand the forensic science testing capacity of federal, state, and local crime laboratories, to increase research and development of new testing technologies, to develop new training programs regarding the collection and use of forensic evidence, to provide post-conviction testing of DNA evidence to exonerate the innocent, to support accreditation efforts of forensic science laboratories and medical examiner offices, to address training and equipment needs, to improve the performance of counsel in state capital cases, and for other purposes.

Human Trafficking

S. Res. 375—Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)/Foreign Relations (2/25/16)—A resolution raising awareness of modern slavery.

Violence Against Women

S.2566—Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) /Judiciary (2/24/16)—A bill to provide sexual assault survivors with certain rights, and for other purposes.

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