CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
H.Res. 82 is being considered on the floor under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Representative Ted Poe (R-TX) on January 22, 2009.
H.Res. 82 resolves that it is the sense of the House of Representatives that:
Stalking is a crime under federal law and under the laws of all 50 States and the District of Columbia, and there are national organizations, local victim service organizations, prosecutors' offices, and police departments who currently assist stalking victims and work to craft responses to stalking. According to the resolution, 81 percent of women, who are stalked by an intimate partner, are also physically assaulted by that partner, and 76 percent of women, who are killed by an intimate partner, were also stalked by that intimate partner. Furthermore, one in four victims reported that stalkers had used technology, such as e-mail or instant messaging, to follow and harass them, and one in 13 said stalkers had used electronic devices to intrude on their lives.
On January 23, 2008, the House considered similar legislation, H.Res. 852, which passed by voice vote under suspension of the rules. The Senate did not consider H.Res. 852.