Legislation

The following is a list of some legislation which deals with sexual assault and other issues of interest to women passed by the 1999-2000 General Assembly in certain states.

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H.R. 75 Hillory J. Farias Date Rape Drug Prevention Act, Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) Named for a 17 year old girl who died after GHB was slipped into her drink, H.R. 75 makes GHB a Schedule I drug in the Controlled Substances Act (21U.S.C812) and Ketamine a Schedule II drug. The bill also establishes education programs in the nation's high schools and colleges to teach youth of the danger of controlled substances being a contributing factor to sexual assault. It also assists law enforcement in preventing these drugs from being used in sexual assaults.

H.R. 77 Hate Crimes Prevention Act of 1999, Sheila Jackson-Lee (D-TX) This bill enhances the enforcement and punishment of hate crimes. It defines hate crimes as those perpetrated on the basis of, "perceived race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender or disability." Included as a punishable hate crime is an act of sexual abuse or aggravated sexual abuse. The bill would also appropriate funds to increase law enforcement personnel who would respond to or prevent hate crimes.

H.R. 357 VAWA II, "To prevent violence against women, and for other purposes", John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) This bill continues and increases the funding that began with VAWA I. Funded programs include those which prevent all forms of violence against women. Appropriations for rape prevention and education will grow from $80 million to $155 million in fiscal year 2004. Fifteen percent of the total amount shall be designated for nonprofit, non-governmental state sexual assault coalitions. Coalitions should use funding to secure training and technical assistance, develop resources and for research and collaboration, etc.

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