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Antiterrorism Act of 1991

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A bill to provide a new civil cause of action in Federal law for international terrorism that provides extraterritorial jurisdiction over terrorist acts abroad against United States nationals.

Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
04/16/1991Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote.
03/21/1991Introduced in Senate

All Actions (6)

Date Chamber All Actions
07/08/1992HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on International Law, Immigration, and Refugees.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
04/17/1991HouseReferred to the House Committee on Judiciary.
04/17/1991-10:03amHouseReceived in the House.
04/17/1991SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
04/16/1991SenatePassed Senate without amendment by Voice Vote.
03/21/1991SenateIntroduced in the Senate and read twice and held at the desk by unanimous consent.

Cosponsors (1)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Heflin, Howell [D-AL]* 03/21/1991

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Judiciary04/17/1991 Referred to
House Judiciary Subcommittee on International Law, Immigration, and Refugees07/08/1992 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (03/21/1991)

Antiterrorism Act of 1991 - Amends the Federal criminal code to define the term "international terrorism" to include activities that: (1) involve violent acts that are a violation of Federal or State laws, or that would be a criminal violation if committed within the jurisdiction of the United States or of any State; (2) appear to be intended to intimidate or coerce a civilian population, influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion, or affect the conduct of a government by assassination or kidnapping; and (3) occur primarily outside U.S. territorial jurisdiction or transcend national boundaries.

Authorizes any U.S. national injured in his person, property, or business by reason of an act of international terrorism to bring a civil action in U.S. district court and recover treble damages and the cost of the suit, including attorney's fees. Specifies that a final judgment or decree rendered in favor of the United States in certain classes of criminal proceedings (such as those involving the murder of a foreign official, kidnapping, hostage taking, killing of a U.S. national, or an aircraft piracy-related offense) or in favor of any foreign state in a criminal proceeding to the extent that such judgment or decree may be accorded full faith and credit under U.S. law shall estop the defendant from denying the essential allegations of the criminal offense in a subsequent civil proceeding under this Act.

Sets forth provisions with respect to jurisdiction and venue for, and limitation of, such civil actions.