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H.R.3459: Article 32 Reform Act

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 Jackie Speier, D-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 5 (4 Democrats, 1 Republican)
Introduced Nov. 12, 2013
Latest Major Action Jan. 24, 2014
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Bill Summary

Article 32 Reform Act - Revises requirements relating to an Article 32 investigative hearing under the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) to require a judge advocate to conduct a preliminary hearing prior to referring a charge or specification to a general court-martial for trial. Requires such judge advocate to have a grade equal to or higher than the grade of the trial counsel and any defense counsel who is representing the accused at the preliminary hearing. Limits the preliminary hearing to the purpose of determining whether there is probable cause to believe an offense has been committed and whether the accused committed it.

Requires the judge advocate conducting the preliminary hearing to prepare a report which shall include: (1) determinations as to the court-martial jurisdiction over the offense and the accused and as to probable cause, (2) a consideration of the form of charges, and (3) a recommendation as to the disposition of the case.

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(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Jan. 24, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Military Personnel.
Nov. 12, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Armed Services.