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Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996

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Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996

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Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996

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Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996

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Official Title as Introduced

To amend title 18, United States Code, to clarify the Federal jurisdiction over offenses relating to damage to religious property.


Actions Overview (8)

Date Actions Overview
07/03/1996Became Public Law No: 104-155. (TXT | PDF)
07/03/1996Signed by President.
07/03/1996Presented to President.
06/27/1996Resolving differences -- House actions: On motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to without objection.(consideration: CR H6982)
06/26/1996Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 98-0. Record Vote No: 171.
06/18/1996Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 422 - 0 (Roll No. 248).
06/17/1996Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 104-621.
05/23/1996Introduced in House

All Actions (29)

Date Chamber All Actions
07/03/1996Became Public Law No: 104-155. (TXT | PDF)
07/03/1996Signed by President.
07/03/1996HousePresented to President.
06/27/1996-12:50pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
06/27/1996-12:50pmHouseOn motion that the House agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to without objection. (consideration: CR H6982)
06/27/1996-12:42pmHouseMr. Hyde asked unanimous consent that the House agree to the Senate amendment.
06/27/1996SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
06/26/1996SenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Yea-Nay Vote. 98-0. Record Vote No: 171.
06/26/1996SenateS.Amdt.4341 Amendment SP 4341 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
06/26/1996SenateAmendment SP 4341 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
06/26/1996SenateS.Amdt.4341 Proposed by Senator Faircloth. To propose a substitute.
06/26/1996SenateAmendment SP 4341 proposed by Senator Faircloth.
06/26/1996SenateMeasure laid before Senate. (consideration: CR S6937-6945)
06/20/1996SenateRead twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 453.
06/19/1996SenateReceived in the Senate.
06/18/1996-6:21pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
06/18/1996-6:21pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays (2/3 required): 422 - 0 (Roll No. 248).
06/18/1996-5:59pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business.
06/18/1996-4:36pmHouseAt the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 5, rule I, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
06/18/1996-3:41pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate.
06/18/1996-3:41pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H6451-6462, H6478-6479)
06/18/1996-3:41pmHouseMr. Hyde moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
06/17/1996HousePlaced on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 309.
06/17/1996HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 104-621.
06/11/1996HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
06/11/1996HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
05/24/1996HouseSponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR E930)
05/23/1996HouseReferred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
05/23/1996HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (94)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-14]* 05/23/1996
Rep. Heineman, Frederick K. (Fred) [R-NC-4] 05/30/1996
Rep. Hoke, Martin R. [R-OH-10] 06/06/1996
Rep. Canady, Charles T. [R-FL-12] 06/06/1996
Rep. Calvert, Ken [R-CA-43] 06/06/1996
Rep. Horn, Stephen [R-CA-38] 06/06/1996
Rep. Bereuter, Doug [R-NE-1] 06/06/1996
Rep. Franks, Gary A. [R-CT-5] 06/06/1996
Rep. Stockman, Steve [R-TX-9] 06/06/1996
Rep. Morella, Constance A. [R-MD-8] 06/06/1996
Rep. Myrick, Sue Wilkins [R-NC-9] 06/10/1996
Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] 06/10/1996
Rep. Fattah, Chaka [D-PA-2] 06/10/1996
Rep. Abercrombie, Neil [D-HI-1] 06/11/1996
Del. Frazer, Victor O. [I-VI-At Large] 06/11/1996
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-23] 06/11/1996
Rep. Velazquez, Nydia M. [D-NY-12] 06/11/1996
Rep. Bryant, John W. [D-TX-5] 06/11/1996
Rep. Minge, David [D-MN-2] 06/11/1996
Rep. Bonior, David E. [D-MI-10] 06/11/1996
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-16] 06/11/1996
Rep. Gonzalez, Henry B. [D-TX-20] 06/11/1996
Rep. Berman, Howard L. [D-CA-26] 06/11/1996
Del. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] 06/11/1996
Rep. Watt, Melvin L. [D-NC-12] 06/11/1996
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-16] 06/11/1996
Rep. Hilliard, Earl F. [D-AL-7] 06/11/1996
Rep. Rivers, Lynn N. [D-MI-13] 06/11/1996
Rep. Waters, Maxine [D-CA-35] 06/11/1996
Rep. Waxman, Henry A. [D-CA-29] 06/11/1996
Rep. Frost, Martin [D-TX-24] 06/11/1996
Rep. Clement, Bob [D-TN-5] 06/11/1996
Rep. Barrett, Thomas M. [D-WI-5] 06/11/1996
Rep. Jackson-Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] 06/11/1996
Rep. Scott, Robert C. "Bobby" [D-VA-3] 06/11/1996
Rep. Schroeder, Patricia [D-CO-1] 06/11/1996
Rep. Schumer, Charles E. [D-NY-9] 06/11/1996
Rep. Frank, Barney [D-MA-4] 06/11/1996
Rep. Nadler, Jerrold [D-NY-8] 06/11/1996
Rep. Reed, Jack [D-RI-2] 06/11/1996
Rep. Becerra, Xavier [D-CA-30] 06/11/1996
Rep. Ford, Harold E. [D-TN-9] 06/11/1996
Rep. Chapman, Jim [D-TX-1] 06/11/1996
Rep. Kennelly, Barbara B. [D-CT-1] 06/11/1996
Rep. Ward, Mike [D-KY-3] 06/11/1996
Rep. Edwards, Chet [D-TX-11] 06/11/1996
Rep. Watts, J. C., Jr. [R-OK-4] 06/11/1996
Rep. Cummings, Elijah E. [D-MD-7] 06/11/1996
Rep. Johnston, Harry [D-FL-19] 06/11/1996
Rep. Parker, Mike [D-MS-4] 06/11/1996
Rep. Tanner, John S. [D-TN-8] 06/11/1996
Rep. Kingston, Jack [R-GA-1] 06/11/1996
Rep. Fields, Cleo [D-LA-4] 06/11/1996
Rep. Chambliss, Saxby [R-GA-8] 06/11/1996
Rep. Duncan, John J., Jr. [R-TN-2] 06/11/1996
Rep. Spence, Floyd [R-SC-2] 06/11/1996
Rep. Packard, Ron [R-CA-48] 06/11/1996
Rep. Hall, Tony P. [D-OH-3] 06/11/1996
Rep. McHugh, John M. [R-NY-24] 06/11/1996
Rep. Gallegly, Elton [R-CA-23] 06/11/1996
Rep. Flanagan, Michael Patrick [R-IL-5] 06/11/1996
Rep. Graham, Lindsey [R-SC-3] 06/11/1996
Rep. Coble, Howard [R-NC-6] 06/12/1996
Rep. McCollum, Bill [R-FL-8] 06/12/1996
Rep. Jacobs, Andrew, Jr. [D-IN-10] 06/12/1996
Rep. Wolf, Frank R. [R-VA-10] 06/12/1996
Rep. Gekas, George W. [R-PA-17] 06/12/1996
Rep. Lazio, Rick [R-NY-2] 06/12/1996
Rep. Waldholtz, Enid Greene [R-UT-2] 06/12/1996
Rep. Tejeda, Frank [D-TX-28] 06/12/1996
Rep. Taylor, Charles H. [R-NC-11] 06/12/1996
Rep. Dixon, Julian C. [D-CA-32] 06/12/1996
Rep. Smith, Lamar [R-TX-21] 06/12/1996
Rep. Buyer, Steve [R-IN-5] 06/12/1996
Rep. Inglis, Bob [R-SC-4] 06/13/1996
Rep. Davis, Tom [R-VA-11] 06/13/1996
Rep. Gilchrest, Wayne T. [R-MD-1] 06/13/1996
Rep. Collins, Barbara-Rose [D-MI-15] 06/13/1996
Rep. Blute, Peter I. [R-MA-3] 06/13/1996
Rep. Roemer, Tim [D-IN-3] 06/17/1996
Rep. Barrett, Bill [R-NE-3] 06/17/1996
Rep. Talent, Jim [R-MO-2] 06/17/1996
Rep. Upton, Fred [R-MI-6] 06/17/1996
Rep. Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. [D-GA-2] 06/17/1996
Rep. Evans, Lane [D-IL-17] 06/17/1996
Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7] 06/17/1996
Rep. Condit, Gary A. [D-CA-18] 06/17/1996
Rep. Cramer, Robert E. (Bud), Jr. [D-AL-5] 06/17/1996
Rep. Engel, Eliot L. [D-NY-17] 06/17/1996
Rep. Pickett, Owen B. [D-VA-2] 06/17/1996
Rep. Dingell, John D. [D-MI-16] 06/17/1996
Rep. Torricelli, Robert G. [D-NJ-9] 06/17/1996
Rep. Stenholm, Charles W. [D-TX-17] 06/17/1996
Rep. Payne, Donald M. [D-NJ-10] 06/17/1996

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Judiciary05/23/1996 Referred to
06/11/1996 Markup by
06/17/1996 Reported by H. Rept. 104-621

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Passed Senate amended (06/26/1996)

Church Arson Prevention Act of 1996 - Makes Federal criminal code prohibitions against, and penalties for, damaging religious property or obstructing any person's free exercise of religious beliefs applicable where the offense is in, or affects, interstate commerce. (Currently such provisions apply only where: (1) the defendant, in committing the offense, travels in interstate or foreign commerce or uses a facility or instrumentality of interstate or foreign commerce in interstate or foreign commerce; and (2) the loss exceeds $10,000.)

Prohibits intentionally defacing, damaging, or destroying religious real property (or attempting to do so) because of the race, color, or ethnic characteristics of any individual associated with such property.

Increases penalties for violations of such provisions where bodily injury to any person, including a public safety officer, results or where such acts include the use, or attempted or threatened use, of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire.

Includes within the definition of "religious real property" fixtures or religious objects contained within a place of religious worship.

Sets a seven-year statute of limitations for the prosecution, trial, or punishment of a person for any noncapital offense under such provisions.

Directs the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development to make guaranteed loans to financial institutions in connection with loans made to assist certain tax exempt religious or other organizations that have been damaged by arson or terrorism. Authorizes the Secretary to use for such loan guarantees up to $5 million of the amounts made available for FY 1996 for the credit subsidy provided under the General Insurance Fund and the Special Risk Insurance Fund.

Amends the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 to include as "compensable crimes" under such Act crimes under this Act where victims suffer death or personal injury.

Authorizes appropriations to the Departments of the Treasury and Justice, including the Community Relations Service, to increase personnel to investigate, prevent, and respond to potential violations of this Act and Federal explosives prohibitions.

Reauthorizes the Hate Crimes Statistics Act.

Commends those individuals and entities that have responded with funds to assist in the rebuilding of places of worship that have been victimized by arson. Encourages the private sector to continue such efforts.