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Mens Rea Reform Act of 2017

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A bill to specify the state of mind required for conviction for criminal offenses that lack an expressly identified state of mind, and for other purposes.


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Date Actions Overview
10/02/2017Introduced in Senate

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10/02/2017Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Action By: Senate

Cosponsors (4)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Paul, Rand [R-KY]* 10/02/2017
Sen. Cruz, Ted [R-TX]* 10/02/2017
Sen. Lee, Mike [R-UT]* 10/02/2017
Sen. Perdue, David [R-GA]* 10/02/2017

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Senate Judiciary10/02/2017 Referred to

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Introduced in Senate (10/02/2017)

Mens Rea Reform Act of 2017

This bill establishes a default mens rea (i.e., guilty mind) requirement for federal criminal statutory and regulatory offenses that lack a state of mind requirement.

The government must generally prove that a defendant acted willfully with respect to each element of the offense that lacks a specific state of mind requirement.