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H.R.1867: BE SAFE Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about armed forces and national security
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Sponsor Michael R. Turner, R-Ohio
Total Cosponsors 34 (21 Democrats, 13 Republicans)
Introduced May 8, 2013
Latest Major Action June 20, 2013
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Bill Summary

Better Enforcement for Sexual Assault Free Environments Act of 2013 or BE SAFE Act - Amends the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) to repeal the authority of a convening authority (the person taking action on the findings of a court-martial) to use discretion to either set aside a finding of guilty or change such finding to a finding of guilty to a lesser included offense (except with respect to a minor offense). Requires a convening authority, when changing a charge with respect to a minor offense, to prepare a written explanation of such action, which shall be made part of the record.

Prohibits a convening authority from reducing a sentence to less than the mandatory minimum sentence, unless to reflect the substantial assistance by the accused in the investigation or prosecution of another person who has committed an offense. Requires a convening authority who disapproves, commutes, or suspends a sentence, in whole or in part, to prepare a detailed written explanati...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
June 20, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
May 8, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.