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Federal Bills H.R. 2847 — Creates a K-9 Companion Corps to provide assistance dogs to wounded and disabled veterans. Filed July 25, 2013, by U.S. Rep. James McGovern (D-Mass.).
S. 1354 and H.R. 2805 — The End Sex Trafficking Act of 2013 amends the federal criminal code to expand the scope of prohibitions against sex trafficking to include patronizing or soliciting a commercial sex act with a victim of sex trafficking. H.R. 2805 filed July 24, 2013, by U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas). S. 1354 filed July 24, 2013, by U.S. Rep. John Cornyn (R-Texas).
H.R. 3600 — The GI Education Benefits Fairness Act extends educational benefits to foster children and wards of eligible GIs, not just to biological children. Filed Nov. 21, 2013, by U.S. Rep. Bill Foster (D-Ill.).
S. 1591 — The Hire A Hero Act of 2013 amends the tax code to allow employers a tax credit for hiring a member of the Ready Reserve or National Guard. Filed Oct. 28, 2013, by U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.).
H.R. 2768 — The Taxpayer Bill of Rights Act of 2013 requires that IRS employees are familiar with and act in accordance with taxpayer rights. These include the right to be informed, to be assisted, to be heard, to pay no more than the correct amount of tax, to an appeal, to certainty, to privacy, to confidentiality, to representation, and to a fair and just tax system. Filed July 22, 2013, by U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam (R-Ill.). Passed the U.S. House by acclamation on July 31.
H.R. 2915 — The Protect Children from Sex Tourism Act of 2013 makes it easier for U.S. attorneys to prosecute people who transport minors across state lines for sexual exploitation. As amended, defendants cannot claim they didn’t know the minor hadn’t reached the age of 18. Additionally, government prosecutors need not prove that the defendant knew the minor wasn’t 18. Filed Aug. 1, 2013, by U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.).
S. 1733 — The Stop Exploitation Through Trafficking Act (SETT) improve national anti-trafficking policies by requiring that the law treat women as victims in trafficking crimes. Filed Nov. 19, 2013, by U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) and cosponsored by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).
H.R. 3515 — Increases the age limit for children using transferred Post-9/11 Educational Assistance from 26 to 29 years. Filed Nov. 15, 2013, by U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.).
—Compiled by Tom Collins
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