113th Congress (2013-2014)

Bill Summaries

S. 1465 & H.R. 3331, the "Incorporation Transparency and Law Enforcement Assistance Act" - Directs the Secretary of the Treasury to: (1) issue regulations requiring corporations and limited liability companies formed in a state that does not have a formation system providing for the disclosure, updating, and verification of beneficial ownership information to file with the Secretary information about their beneficial ownership as required by this Act; and (2) provide such information pursuant to a civil or criminal subpoena or summons from a federal or state agency or a congressional committee or a written request by a federal agency on behalf of another country or by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network....more

S. 47, the "Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)" - (Sec. 107) Amends the federal criminal code with respect to the crime of stalking to prohibit the use of any interactive computer or electronic communication service to stalk victims.

Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 - Amends the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (VAWA) to add or expand definitions of several terms used in such Act.

Modifies or expands grant conditions under such Act, including requirements relating to: (1) nondisclosure of personally identifying information or other client information, (2) information sharing between grantees and subgrantees, (3) civil rights and nondiscrimination, (4) audits, and (5) nonprofit organizations.

Requires the Office on Violence Against Women of the Department of Justice (DOJ) to establish a biennial conferral process with state and tribal coalitions, technical assistance providers, and other key stakeholders on the administration of grants and related matters.

Requires the Attorney General to authorize in writing expenditures for DOJ conferences that exceed $20,000....more

H.R. 2454, "Aaron's Law Act of 2013" - Amends provisions of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) prohibiting computer fraud to replace the phrase "exceeds authorized access" with "access without authorization," which is defined as obtaining information on a protected computer that the accesser lacks authorization to obtain by knowingly circumventing one or more technological or physical measures that are designed to exclude or prevent unauthorized individuals from obtaining that information.

Modifies CFAA penalty provisions to: (1) limit the imposition of enhanced penalties to subsequent offenses under such Act (currently, additional penalties are allowed if there is a conviction for another offense) and to criminal acts punishable under federal or state law by a term of imprisonment for more than one year; and (2) require the determination of the value of information for enhanced penalty purposes to be made by reference to fair market value.

H.R. 1860, the "Criminal Code Modernization and Simplification Act of 2013" - Revises and reorganizes the federal criminal code. Incorporates into such code all major federal crimes, including crimes involving national security and terrorism, crimes of violence against federal officials and employees, property crimes, including theft of medical equipment, drug crimes, immigration crimes, transportation-related crimes, sex crimes, regulatory and financial crimes, international law crimes, and crimes involving female genital mutilation. Consolidates civil and criminal forfeiture provisions related to federal crimes.

Sets forth uniform definitions and standards, including state of mind requirements, applicable to the entire criminal code,.

Provides for the punishment of attempts and conspiracies to commit a crime on the same basis as the completed offense, as a general rule.

H.R. 1892, the "Unlocking Technology Act of 2013" - Amends the prohibition under federal copyright law on the circumvention of a technological measure that controls access to a copyright-protected work to require that such prohibition apply only to circumventions carried out in order to infringe or facilitate infringement of a protected work....more

H.R. 1184, the "Small Business Deposit Relief Act of 2013" - Limits criminal penalties for violations of reporting requirements imposed on financial institutions concerning domestic transactions for the payment, receipt, or transfer of U.S. coins or currency or other monetary instruments where the violation: (1) was not made while also violating another federal law, and (2) was a first offense under such transaction provisions.

Limits the amount of property forfeiture and monetary penalties imposed with respect to a monetary instrument transaction where the violation was not made while also violating another federal law.

S. 394, the "Metal Theft Prevention Act of 2013" - Prohibits knowingly stealing specified metal being used in or affecting interstate or foreign commerce, the theft of which is from, and which harms, critical infrastructure....more

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