Senate Bill 120
117th Congress(2021-2022)
Safe Connections Act of 2021
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Amendments
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Passed Senate on Mar 17, 2022
Overview
Text
Introduced
Jan 28, 2021
Latest Action
Mar 24, 2022
Origin Chamber
Senate
Type
Bill
Bill
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Bill Number
120
Congress
117
Policy Area
Science, Technology, Communications
Science, Technology, Communications
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Sponsorship by Party
Senate Votes (1)
House Votes (0)
Passed
March 17, 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 Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.(text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S1257-1259)
Summary

Safe Connections Act of 2021

This bill establishes requirements for protecting and expanding 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. A survivor requesting this must verify through appropriate documentation that an individual under the shared contract committed certain criminal acts (e.g., an act of domestic violence or trafficking) against the survivor.

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

  • separate the line within 48 hours of receiving a request,
  • allow requests to be made remotely,
  • treat information in requests as confidential and dispose of it within 90 days of receipt, and
  • make information about the options and process for requests available through consumer-facing communications (e.g., websites).

The bill (1) provides liability protection for a provider's act or omission related to compliance with a line separation request, and (2) requires the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to adopt rules for line separation requests.

In addition, the FCC must adopt rules requiring communication service providers to omit from consumer-facing logs any calls and texts to domestic violence and similar hotlines while retaining internal records.

The FCC must also (1) temporarily allow survivors to participate in the Lifeline program (which subsidizes telephone and internet service for low-income individuals) regardless of whether the survivor otherwise meets eligibility criteria, and (2) evaluate expanded access to the program for survivors.

Text (3)
March 17, 2022
December 16, 2021
January 28, 2021
Amendments (1)
Mar 17, 2022
Agreed to in Senate
2
Sponsorship
Senate Amendment 5001
In the nature of a substitute.
Agreed To
Actions (12)
03/24/2022
Held at the desk.
03/24/2022
Received in the House.
03/22/2022
Message on Senate action sent to the House.
03/17/2022
Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote. (text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S1257-1259)
03/17/2022
Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Voice Vote.(text of amendment in the nature of a substitute: CR S1257-1259)
03/17/2022
The committee substitute withdrawn by Unanimous Consent.
03/17/2022
Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S1246-1248)
12/16/2021
Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 193.
12/16/2021
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Cantwell with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. Without written report.
04/28/2021
Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
01/28/2021
Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
01/28/2021
Introduced in Senate
Public Record
Record Created
Jan 29, 2021 5:42:10 AM
Record Updated
Aug 4, 2022 7:16:01 AM