US SB4142 | 2019-2020 | 116th Congress

Status

Spectrum: Slight Partisan Bill (Democrat 2-1)
Status: Introduced on July 1 2020 - 25% progression
Action: 2020-07-01 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Pending: Senate Judiciary Committee
Text: Latest bill text (Introduced) [PDF]

Summary

Ending Qualified Immunity Act This bill eliminates the defense of qualified immunity in civil actions for deprivation of rights. Qualified immunity is a judicially created doctrine that protects government employees or those acting with state authority from being held personally liable for constitutional violations. The bill provides that under the statute allowing a civil action alleging deprivation of rights under color of law, it shall not be a defense or immunity to any such action that (1) the defendant was acting in good faith or believed that his or her conduct was lawful at the time it was committed; (2) the rights, privileges, or immunities secured by the Constitution or laws were not clearly established at the time of their deprivation; or (3) the state of the law was such that the defendant could not reasonably have been expected to know whether his or her conduct was lawful.

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Title

Ending Qualified Immunity Act

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History

DateChamberAction
2020-07-01SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

Same As/Similar To

HB7085 (Same As) 2020-06-04 - Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
SB4036 (Related) 2020-06-23 - Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.

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