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PA Bill Number: HB79

Title: In the State System of Higher Education, further providing for definitions and for powers and duties of councils of trustees.

Description: In the State System of Higher Education, further providing for definitions and for powers and duties of councils of trustees. ...

Last Action: Removed from table

Last Action Date: May 24, 2023

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Proposed Federal Senate Legislation SB1659

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This bill deals with elections and, in specific, voting rights.

Legislation Overview

Title: Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015

Subject: Civil actions and liability: Federal-Indian relations: Jurisdiction and venue: Racial and ethnic relations: State and local government operations: Voting rights: Government operations and politics

Description: Voting Rights Advancement Act of 2015 This bill amends the Voting Rights Act of 1965 to allow a representative official of an Indian tribe, with authorization from the governing body of the tribe, to request one or more polling places to be located on tribal lands. The state or political subdivision shall provide each requested polling place at no expense to the Indian tribe if certain criteria are met. A federal court shall retain jurisdiction to enforce constitutional voting guarantees, but also certain violations of the Act as well as of any federal prohibition against discrimination on the basis of race, color, or membership in a language minority group, for an appropriate period to prevent commencement of new devices to deny or abridge the right to vote. Requirements are revised for determining which states and political subdivisions are or are not covered by criteria for declaratory judgments that they have not used devices to deny or abridge the right to vote. Any state (and all of its political subdivisions) shall be subject to such requirements for a 10-year period if: 15 or more voting rights violations occurred there during the previous 25 years; or 10 or more violations occurred during the previous 25 years, at least one of which was committed by the state itself (as opposed to a political subdivision within it). Any specific political subdivision of a state shall also be subject to those requirements for a 10-year period if 3 or more violations occurred in it during the previous 25 calendar years. A state or political subdivision that obtains a declaratory judgment that it has not used a device to deny or abridge the right to vote shall be exempt from such requirements unless new violations occur after the declaratory judgment was issued. Each state and each political subdivision shall: (1) identify any newly enacted or adopted law, regulation, or policy that includes a voting qualification or prerequisite to voting, or a voting-related standard, practice, or procedure (covered practice); and (2) ensure that no such covered practice is implemented unless or until the state or political subdivision complies with certain preclearance requirements. This bill prescribes transparency requirements, including reasonable public notice, regarding any changes to: (1) voting prerequisites, standards, or procedures; (2) polling place resources; or (3) demographics and electoral districts. Department of Justice authority to assign observers receives new extensions, including authority to assign observers to enforce bilingual election requirements. Courts shall grant preliminary injunctive relief if a complainant raises a serious question whether the challenged covered practice violates the Act or the Constitution and, on balance, the hardship imposed upon the defendant by the relief will be less than the hardship on the plaintiff if the relief were not granted.

Session: 114th Congress

Last Action: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S4604-4606)

Last Action Date: June 24, 2015

Link: https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/1659/all-info

Companion Bill: HB2867

Sponsors

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46 sponsors: Patrick Leahy (D); Richard Durbin (D); Christopher Coons (D); Harry Reid (D); Dianne Feinstein (D); Charles Schumer (D); Sheldon Whitehouse (D); Amy Klobuchar (D); Al Franken (D); Richard Blumenthal (D); Patty Murray (D); Debbie Stabenow (D); Sherrod Brown (D); Robert Casey (D); Jeanne Shaheen (D); Mark Warner (D); Jeff Merkley (D); Tammy Baldwin (D); Tim Kaine (D); Elizabeth Warren (D); Cory Booker (D); Bernard Sanders (I); Kirsten Gillibrand (D); Ron Wyden (D); Robert Menendez (D); Benjamin Cardin (D); Claire McCaskill (D); Gary Peters (D); Heidi Heitkamp (D); Mazie Hirono (D); Jack Reed (D); Michael Bennet (D); Edward Markey (D); Lisa Murkowski (R); Christopher Murphy (D); Martin Heinrich (D); Barbara Mikulski (D); Maria Cantwell (D); Brian Schatz (D); Tom Udall (D); Jon Tester (D); Thomas Carper (D); Barbara Boxer (D); Joe Donnelly (D); Angus King (I); Bill Nelson (D)

History
Chamber Date Action
Senate Jun 24 2015 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S4604-4606)
Texts
Type Date Federal Link Text
Introduced Jun 29 2015 federal bill text bill text
Amendments
Title Description Date State Link Text Adopted
There are no amendments to this bill at this time
Committee

Chamber: S

Committee Name: Judiciary

Votes

There have not been any votes on this bill

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