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H.R.2016: Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about armed forces and national security
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Sponsor Dan Benishek, R-Mich.
Total Cosponsors 73 (43 Democrats, 31 Republicans)
Introduced May 16, 2013
Latest Major Action June 20, 2013
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Bill Summary

Military Justice Improvement Act of 2013 - Amends the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ), with respect to charges that allege an offense triable by court-martial (with certain exclusions) for which the maximum punishment includes confinement for more than one year, to direct the Secretary of Defense (DOD) to require the Secretaries of the military departments to provide for the determination of whether to try such charges by general or special court-martial to be made by a commissioned officer of grade O-6 or higher with significant experience in such trials and who is outside the chain of command of the accused. Provides that a determination not to proceed to trial shall not preclude a commanding officer from either referring such charges for trial by summary court-martial or imposing non-judicial punishment.

Requires Rule 306 (relating to policy on initial disposition of offenses) of the Manual for Courts-Martial to be amended to strike the character and military se...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
June 20, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
May 16, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.