Senate Bill 654
115th Congress(2017-2018)
PACT Act
Active
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Passed Senate on Dec 14, 2017
Overview
Text
Sponsor
Introduced
Mar 15, 2017
Latest Action
Dec 15, 2017
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
654
Congress
115
Policy Area
Crime and Law Enforcement
Crime and Law Enforcement
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Sponsorship by Party
Pennsylvania
Connecticut
Delaware
Illinois
Maryland
Massachusetts
Massachusetts
Michigan
California
New Hampshire
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Jersey
New Mexico
North Carolina
Pennsylvania
Virginia
Virginia
Washington
Wisconsin
Passed
December 14, 2017
Type
Unanimous Consent
Unanimous Consent
A senator may request unanimous consent on the floor to set aside a specified rule of procedure so as to expedite proceedings. If no Senator objects, the Senate permits the action, but if any one senator objects, the request is rejected. Unanimous consent requests with only immediate effects are routinely granted, but ones affecting the floor schedule, the conditions of considering a bill or other business, or the rights of other senators, are normally not offered, or a floor leader will object to it, until all senators concerned have had an opportunity to inform the leaders that they find it acceptable.
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(text: CR S8049)
Summary

Preventing Animal Cruelty and Torture Act or the PACT Act

This bill amends the federal criminal code to revise and expand provisions with respect to animal crushing.

It retains existing criminal offenses that prohibit knowingly creating or distributing an animal crush video using interstate commerce. The bill also adds a new provision to criminalize an intentional act of animal crushing. A violator is subject to criminal penalties—a fine, a prison term of up to seven years, or both.

It provides additional exceptions for conduct, or a video of conduct, including conduct that is: (1) medical or scientific research, (2) necessary to protect the life or property of a person, (3) performed as part of euthanizing an animal, or (4) unintentional.

Text (2)
December 14, 2017
March 15, 2017
Actions (9)
12/15/2017
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
12/15/2017
Received in the House.
12/14/2017
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
12/14/2017
Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (text: CR S8049)
12/14/2017
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(text: CR S8049)
12/14/2017
Senate Committee on the Judiciary discharged by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S8049)
12/14/2017
Senate Committee on the Judiciary discharged by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S8049)
03/15/2017
Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
03/15/2017
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Created
Mar 16, 2017 5:28:17 AM
Updated
Dec 8, 2020 1:38:21 PM