Legislation

Legislation in the Pipeline

US Senate Bill S. 1071 – Keeping Girls in School Act

The economic benefits of girls’ education are substantial and can help lift households, communities, and nations out of poverty. Keeping girls in secondary school could:

  • Add $92 billion to the economies of low and middle-income nations;
  • Cut child deaths by 50 percent;
  • Reduce child marriage by 66 percent;
  • Decrease violent conflict by 37 percent; and
  • Increase girls’ future wages by up to 20 percent for every year enrolled.

​The Keeping Girls in School Act passed the House in January 2020. Contact your Senator today and ask them to support S.1071.

US Senate Bill S. 2843 –  Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

This bill addresses the needs of victims, survivors, and advocates. The bill includes vital improvements to update prevention efforts, expand training programs, address safe housing, and allow for more comprehensive services for victims. The bill includes vital improvements to update prevention efforts, expand training programs, address safe housing, and allow for more comprehensive services for victims.

The VAWA expired in February 2019. In April 2019, the House of Representatives passed the bipartisan Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2019 (H.R. 1585). Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] introduced S. 2843 in the Senate in November 2019.

US Senate Bill S.J. Res. 6 – Eliminates Deadline for the Ratification of ERA

Senators Ben Cardin (D-MD) and Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) introduced S.J. Res. 6 on January 25, 2019.
This joint resolution eliminates the deadline for the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment, which prohibits discrimination based on sex. The amendment was proposed to the states in House Joint Resolution 208 of the 92nd Congress, as agreed to in the Senate on March 22, 1972. The amendment shall be part of the Constitution whenever ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states. S.J. Res. 6 has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.

Pennsylvania House Bill HB 2170 – Human Trafficking

This legislation amends Pennsylvania’s trafficking and prostitution laws to enhance protections for individuals who are commercially sexually exploited by adjusting the PA Commonwealth’s existing trafficking and prostitution laws. HB 2170 seeks to amend Pennsylvania’s comprehensive human trafficking statute, known to advocates as “Act 105” or “Chapter 30”, to clarify definitions and add additional acts to the crime of trafficking in individuals. HB 2170 was introduced by Representative Joanna McClinton on January 10, 2020.