CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.R. 5143 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, July 27, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Bill Delahunt (D-MA) on April 27, 2010. The House Committee on the Judiciary took no official action on H.R. 5143.
H.R. 5143 establishes a National Criminal Justice Commission. The Commission will be a blue-ribbon, bi-partisan panel of 14 experts appointed by the President, the Majority and Minority Leaders in the Senate, the Speaker and Minority Leader in the House. The Commission will review all areas of the criminal justice system at the federal, state, local, and tribal levels. The Commission will also examine national trends in criminal justice costs, practices, and policies. Further, the Commission will provide recommendations for changes to prevent, deter, and reduce crime and violence. The bill authorizes $14 million over two years.
The Congressional Budget Office has not produced a cost estimate for H.R. 5143 as of press time. However, the bill authorizes $14 million over two years.