House Bill 7132
117th Congress(2021-2022)
Safe Connections Act of 2022
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Passed Senate on Nov 17, 2022
Overview
Text
Introduced
Mar 17, 2022
Latest Action
Nov 25, 2022
Origin Chamber
House
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
7132
Congress
117
Policy Area
Science, Technology, Communications
Science, Technology, Communications
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Sponsorship by Party
New Hampshire
California
California
Illinois
Michigan
Wisconsin
House Votes (1)
Senate Votes (1)
Passed
July 27, 2022
Type
Voice Vote
Voice Vote
A vote in which the presiding officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say "Yea" or "Nay," respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment. The names or numbers of senators voting on each side are not recorded.
Passed/agreed to in House: Pursuant to section 5 of H. Res. 1254, and the motion offered by Mr. Kildee, the following bills passed under suspension of the rules: H.R. 623, as amended; H.R. 3952, as amended; H.R. 3962, as amended; H.R. 4551; H.R. 5313, as amended; H.R. 6933; H.R. 7132, as amended; H.R. 7361; H.R. 7569; H.R. 7624, as amended; H.R. 7733, as amended; and H.R. 7981, as amended.(consideration: CR H7197-7211, H7219-7220, H7223-7237; text: 07/26/2022 CR H7103-7105)
Summary

Safe Connections Act of 2022

This bill establishes requirements concerning access to communication services for survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking, and related harms.

At a survivor's request, a mobile service provider must separate from a shared mobile service contract the survivor's line (and the line of any individual in the survivor's care) from the abuser's line unless separation is operationally or technologically infeasible. A survivor requesting this must (1) verify through appropriate documentation that an individual under the contract committed or allegedly committed an act of domestic violence, trafficking, or a related criminal act against the survivor; and (2) assume financial responsibility for services after a line separation.

A provider may not charge fees or impose other requirements on such requests. Additionally, a provider must

  • separate the line within two business days of receiving a request;
  • allow requests to be made remotely (if feasible);
  • meet conditions related to confidentiality of, disposal of, and other matters concerning communications about requests; and
  • make information about the process for requests available through consumer-facing communications (e.g., websites).

The bill (1) provides liability protection for providers' acts or omissions undertaken to comply with such requests, and (2) requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt rules for these requests.

Additionally, the FCC must (1) expand access to federally subsidized communication services for survivors facing financial hardship, and (2) evaluate this expanded access.

The FCC must also consider rules requiring communication service providers to omit from consumer-facing logs calls and texts to hotlines for domestic violence and similar issues while retaining internal records.

Text (5)
Actions (20)
11/25/2022
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
11/17/2022
Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S6770)
11/17/2022
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S6770)
07/28/2022
Received in the Senate, read twice.
07/27/2022
Pursuant to section 5 of H. Res. 1254, and the motion offered by Mr. Kildee, the following bills passed under suspension of the rules: H.R. 623, as amended; H.R. 3952, as amended; H.R. 3962, as amended; H.R. 4551; H.R. 5313, as amended; H.R. 6933; H.R. 7132, as amended; H.R. 7361; H.R. 7569; H.R. 7624, as amended; H.R. 7733, as amended; and H.R. 7981, as amended. (consideration: CR H7197-7211, H7219-7220, H7223-7237; text: 07/26/2022 CR H7103-7105)
07/27/2022
Passed/agreed to in House: Pursuant to section 5 of H. Res. 1254, and the motion offered by Mr. Kildee, the following bills passed under suspension of the rules: H.R. 623, as amended; H.R. 3952, as amended; H.R. 3962, as amended; H.R. 4551; H.R. 5313, as amended; H.R. 6933; H.R. 7132, as amended; H.R. 7361; H.R. 7569; H.R. 7624, as amended; H.R. 7733, as amended; and H.R. 7981, as amended.(consideration: CR H7197-7211, H7219-7220, H7223-7237; text: 07/26/2022 CR H7103-7105)
07/27/2022
Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 1254, proceedings on H.R. 7132 are considered vacated.
07/26/2022
At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
07/26/2022
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 7132.
07/26/2022
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H7103-7106)
07/26/2022
Mr. Doyle, Michael F. moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
07/26/2022
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 342.
07/26/2022
Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Energy and Commerce. H. Rept. 117-438.
07/13/2022
Ordered to be Reported by the Yeas and Nays: 53 - 0.
07/13/2022
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
06/15/2022
Forwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee by the Yeas and Nays: 29 - 0 .
06/15/2022
Subcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
03/18/2022
Referred to the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.
03/17/2022
Referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce.
03/17/2022
Introduced in House
Public Record
Record Created
Mar 18, 2022 7:12:14 AM
Record Updated
Nov 26, 2022 5:13:43 AM