House Bill 1693
117th Congress(2021-2022)
EQUAL Act of 2021
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Passed House on Sep 28, 2021
Overview
Text
Introduced
Mar 9, 2021
Latest Action
Sep 29, 2021
Origin Chamber
House
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
1693
Congress
117
Policy Area
Crime and Law Enforcement
Crime and Law Enforcement
Primary focus of measure is criminal offenses, investigation and prosecution, procedure and sentencing; corrections and imprisonment; juvenile crime; law enforcement administration. Measures concerning terrorism may fall under Emergency Management or International Affairs policy areas.
Sponsorship by Party
New York
New York
California
California
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District of Columbia
Kentucky
Maryland
Maryland
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Massachusetts
Michigan
Nebraska
New Jersey
New Jersey
Alaska
North Dakota
Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
South Carolina
South Carolina
South Carolina
South Dakota
Tennessee
Tennessee
Virginia
Passed
September 28, 2021
Type
Final Passage Under Suspension Of The Rules Results
House Roll Call Votes
Summary

Eliminating a Quantifiably Unjust Application of the Law Act or the EQUAL Act

This bill eliminates the federal sentencing disparity between drug offenses involving crack cocaine and powder cocaine.

Currently, different threshold quantities of crack cocaine and powder cocaine (e.g., 28 grams of crack cocaine and 500 grams of powder cocaine) trigger the same statutory criminal penalties.

This bill eliminates the lower quantity thresholds for crack cocaine offenses. Under the bill, the same threshold quantities of crack cocaine and powder cocaine trigger the same statutory criminal penalties.

The change applies to future cases and cases pending on the date of enactment. With respect to past cases, the bill authorizes resentencing of a defendant who was convicted or sentenced for a crack cocaine offense before the date of enactment.

Text (4)
September 29, 2021
September 28, 2021
September 27, 2021
March 9, 2021
Actions (19)
09/29/2021
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
09/28/2021
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
09/28/2021
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 361 - 66 (Roll no. 297). (text: CR H5477)
09/28/2021
Passed/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): 361 - 66 (Roll no. 297).
09/28/2021
Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H5492-5493)
09/28/2021
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.
09/28/2021
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1693.
09/28/2021
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H5477-5481)
09/28/2021
Mr. Nadler moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
09/27/2021
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 92.
09/27/2021
Committee on Energy and Commerce discharged.
09/27/2021
Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 117-128, Part I.
07/21/2021
Ordered to be Reported (Amended).
07/21/2021
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
07/21/2021
Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security Discharged.
05/18/2021
Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
03/10/2021
Referred to the Subcommittee on Health.
03/09/2021
Referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/09/2021
Introduced in House
Public Record
Record Created
Mar 10, 2021 8:12:13 AM
Record Updated
Oct 26, 2021 1:32:10 PM