Legislation Authored by Congressman Smith Currently in Congress

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Congressman Smith has shepherded 2 pieces of legislation into law in the 113th Congress alone. He continues to tirelessly pursue a variety of legislative priorities on behalf of the people of his District. Click here to view a list.

 

Nicole’s Law would require states to establish laws and policies to better protect victims of sex crimes from their attackers throughout the course of the judicial process. The legislation would expand the circumstances under which a judge can apply a restraining order or similar measure, regardless of the nature of the prior relationship between a victim and attacker, if there was one.

H.R. 3502 - Nicole’s Law of 2013

This legislation would further combat the international sex trade by granting the U.S. State Department authority to report the imminent international travel of those on the sex offender registry to the government of their country of destination—especially if that country is a nexus of sex tourism. The legislation would also encourage other countries to notify the U.S. if a citizens of theirs with a criminal sexual history intends to travel here, so American diplomatic and law enforcement officials can take appropriate protective measures.

H.R. 4573 - International Megan’s Law to Prevent Demand for Child Sex Trafficking

This bill would authorizes the Secretary of Health and Human Services to begin testing medical care programs for seniors and disabled persons over the age of 55 who are categorized as “nursing home eligible” under Medicaid. PACE programs would deliver services such as adult day care, medical care, pharmaceutical assistance, and physical or occupational therapy to qualified seniors in a dynamic, efficacious and cost-effective environment, so that they receive the care they need while still maintaining their independence. This legislation is directly related to the enormously successful PACE pilot program in place at St. Francis Medical Center in Trenton.

H.R. 4543, the PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) Pilot Act of 2014