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Rep. Donovan, Daniel M., Jr. [R-NY-11] (Introduced 06/08/2018)
House – Judiciary
House – 06/08/2018 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary. (All Actions)
Constitutional Authority Statement
Congressional Record Volume 164, Number 95 (Friday, June 8, 2018)]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
By Mr. DONOVAN:
Congress has the power to enact this legislation pursuant
to the following:
“To make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for
carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other
Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the
United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.”
United States Constitution, Article I, Section 8
In General.—Whoever, whether or not acting under color of law, while in disguise, including while wearing a mask, injures, oppresses, threatens, or intimidates any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District in the free exercise or enjoyment of any right or privilege secured to him by the Constitution or laws of the United States, or because of his having so exercised the same, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 15 years, or both.
Rule Of Construction.—Nothing in this section shall be construed so as to deter any law enforcement officer from lawfully carrying out the duties of his office; and no law enforcement officer shall be considered to be in violation of this section for lawfully carrying out the duties of his office or lawfully enforcing ordinances and laws of the United States, the District of Columbia, any of the several States, or any political subdivision of a State. For purposes of the preceding sentence, the term ‘law enforcement officer’ means any officer of the United States, the District of Columbia, a State, or political subdivision of a State, who is empowered by law to conduct investigations of, or make arrests because of, offenses against the United States, the District of Columbia, a State, or a political subdivision of a State.”.
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