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H.RES.55: Honoring the life of Trayvon Martin, urging the repeal of Stand Your Ground laws, and calling on the United States Government to address the crisis of racial profiling.

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about crime and law enforcement
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Sponsor Frederica Wilson, D-Fla.
Total Cosponsors 14 (All Democrats)
Introduced Feb. 5, 2013
Latest Major Action Feb. 5, 2013
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Bill Summary

Condemns unfounded reliance on Stand Your Ground laws to protect actions that extend far beyond historical use of self-defense.

Urges state legislatures to reject or repeal Stand Your Ground legislation. Commits to developing incentives for states to find alternatives to such legislation, such as grants for community policing. Encourages states to create penalties for individuals found to have caused substantive harm through racial profiling.

Urges the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to seek to elevate the social status of black males by undertaking studies to understand and correct the underlying causes of higher rates of school expulsions and suspensions, homicides, incarceration, poverty, violence, and drug abuse, as well as income, health, and educational disparities.

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Feb. 5, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.