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S. 1693 - Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017

Crime and law enforcement. 115th Congress (2017-2018) View bill details
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Summary:
A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of that Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sex trafficking. (by CRS) 
Status:
The bill has passed through committee and has been put on a legislative calendar. 
There have been no votes on this bill.

Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017

S. 1693 — 115th Congress (2017–2018)

Summary
A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of that Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sex trafficking. (by CRS)
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Title
A bill to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to clarify that section 230 of that Act does not prohibit the enforcement against providers and users of interactive computer services of Federal and State criminal and civil law relating to sex trafficking.
Other Titles
  • Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017
  • Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017
  • Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017
  • Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017
Sponsor
Rob Portman
Co-Sponsors
Subjects
  • Crime and law enforcement
  • Civil actions and liability
  • Crime victims
  • Crimes against children
  • Criminal investigation, prosecution, interrogation
  • Human trafficking
  • Internet and video services
  • Pornography
  • Sex offenses
Related Bills
Major Actions
Introduced8/01/2017
Bill History

There have been no votes on this bill.

ActionDateDescription
Introduced8/01/2017
8/01/2017Introduced in Senate
8/01/2017Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.
9/19/2017Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Hearings held.
Put on a legislative calendar11/08/2017Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
1/10/2018Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Reported by Senator Thune with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 115-199.
Put on a legislative calendar1/10/2018Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 292.
NumberSponsorDate OfferedStatus

Total contributions given to Senators from interest groups that…

support this bill

Cable & satellite TV production
Computer manufacture & services (split)
Consumer groups (split)
$1,031,368
$1,031,368
34 times as much
$1,421,514
$2,366,393
$614,265
$734,813
$4,734,324
$14,205,818
$10,463,497
$66,650
$34,607,274
3 Organizations Support and 18 Oppose; See Which Ones

Organizations that took a position on
Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017

3 organizations support this bill

21st Century Fox
Smith, Chip (2017, October 18). 21st Century Letter to Senators. Retrieved October 18, 2017, from 21st Century Fox.
Consumer Watchdog
Consumer Watchdog (2018, February 27). Consumer Watchdog Praises House for Passing Bill to Stop Internet Sex Trafficking; Calls on Senate to Pass Its Measure That Would Enable Victims to Hold Sites Like Backpage Accountable. Retrieved February 28, 2018, from PR Newswire.
IBM
Padilla, Christopher A. (2017, October 3). IBM Support for S 1693. Retrieved February 26, 2018, from Office of Senator Portman.

18 organizations oppose this bill

Access Now
Undersigned organizations (2017, August 3). RE: New Liability for Online Intermediaries Would Discourage Companies from Combatting Sex Trafficking, While Undermining Internet Freedom for Everyone. Retrieved August 8, 2017, from R Street Institute.
American Civil Liberties Union
Shakir, Faiz (2017, November 7). RE: ACLU Opposes S. 1693, Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017 (“SESTA”). Retrieved March 28, 2018, from American Civil Liberties Union.
Campaign for Liberty
Undersigned organizations (2017, August 3). RE: New Liability for Online Intermediaries Would Discourage Companies from Combatting Sex Trafficking, While Undermining Internet Freedom for Everyone. Retrieved August 8, 2017, from R Street Institute.
Computer & Communications Industry Association
undersigned organizations (2017, August 2). S 1693 Association Letter. Retrieved August 3, 2017, from CCIA.
Demand Progress
Undersigned organizations (2017, August 3). RE: New Liability for Online Intermediaries Would Discourage Companies from Combatting Sex Trafficking, While Undermining Internet Freedom for Everyone. Retrieved August 8, 2017, from R Street Institute.
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Harmon, Elliot (2017, August 2). Internet Censorship Bill Would Spell Disaster for Speech and Innovation. Retrieved August 3, 2017, from EFF.
Free the People
Undersigned organizations (2017, August 3). RE: New Liability for Online Intermediaries Would Discourage Companies from Combatting Sex Trafficking, While Undermining Internet Freedom for Everyone. Retrieved August 8, 2017, from R Street Institute.
FreedomWorks
Brough, Wayne T., Ph.D. (2017, August 8). Rewriting the Roadmap to Innovation. Retrieved August 8, 2017, from FreedomWorks.
Interactive Advertising Bureau
undersigned organizations (2017, August 2). S 1693 Association Letter. Retrieved August 3, 2017, from CCIA.
Internet Association
undersigned organizations (2017, August 2). S 1693 Association Letter. Retrieved August 3, 2017, from CCIA.
Internet Commerce Coalition
undersigned organizations (2017, August 2). S 1693 Association Letter. Retrieved August 3, 2017, from CCIA.
Internet Infrastructure Coalition
undersigned organizations (2017, August 2). S 1693 Association Letter. Retrieved August 3, 2017, from CCIA.
NetChoice
undersigned organizations (2017, August 2). S 1693 Association Letter. Retrieved August 3, 2017, from CCIA.
Niskanen Center
Undersigned organizations (2017, August 3). RE: New Liability for Online Intermediaries Would Discourage Companies from Combatting Sex Trafficking, While Undermining Internet Freedom for Everyone. Retrieved August 8, 2017, from R Street Institute.
R Street Institute
Undersigned organizations (2017, August 3). RE: New Liability for Online Intermediaries Would Discourage Companies from Combatting Sex Trafficking, While Undermining Internet Freedom for Everyone. Retrieved August 8, 2017, from R Street Institute.
Software & Information Industry Association
undersigned organizations (2017, August 2). S 1693 Association Letter. Retrieved August 3, 2017, from CCIA.
TechFreedom
Undersigned organizations (2017, August 3). RE: New Liability for Online Intermediaries Would Discourage Companies from Combatting Sex Trafficking, While Undermining Internet Freedom for Everyone. Retrieved August 8, 2017, from R Street Institute.
The Internet Society
undersigned organizations (2017, August 2). S 1693 Association Letter. Retrieved August 3, 2017, from CCIA.

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Includes reported contributions to congressional campaigns of Senators in office during the 115th U.S. Congress, from interest groups invested in the vote according to MapLight, November 29, 2010 – November 28, 2016.
Contributions data source: OpenSecrets.org

Contributions by Legislator

Namesort iconPartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Support
$ From Interest Groups
That Oppose
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$500$63,500
Tammy BaldwinDWI$16,083$658,775
John BarrassoRWY$11,500$48,400
Michael F. BennetDCO$56,750$781,971
Richard BlumenthalDCT$12,501$150,583
Roy BluntRMO$20,900$243,036
Cory A. BookerDNJ$54,400$374,601
John BoozmanRAR$1,500$45,332
Sherrod BrownDOH$18,300$600,525
Richard BurrRNC$7,150$215,249
Maria CantwellDWA$0$251,239
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$9,200$154,225
Ben CardinDMD$11,750$66,566
Tom CarperDDE$10,000$78,756
Bob CaseyDPA$17,350$148,282
Bill CassidyRLA$4,000$388,798
William Thad CochranRMS$5,000$43,200
Susan M. CollinsRME$9,700$73,300
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$2,500$148,079
Bob CorkerRTN$18,500$81,630
John CornynRTX$6,500$196,703
Catherine Cortez MastoDNV$1,860$1,128,332
Tom CottonRAR$2,500$1,298,052
Mike CrapoRID$2,700$76,434
Ted CruzRTX$0$1,983,287
Steve DainesRMT$6,000$338,490
Joe DonnellyDIN$5,750$90,144
Tammy DuckworthDIL$1,341$855,387
Dick DurbinDIL$5,250$135,575
Mike EnziRWY$5,200$17,000
Joni ErnstRIA$1,000$198,261
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$18,650$102,222
Deb FischerRNE$500$213,771
Jeff FlakeRAZ$6,000$1,430,324
Al FrankenDMN$12,500$331,025
Cory GardnerRCO$31,550$476,555
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$42,900$338,761
Lindsey GrahamRSC$19,400$162,888
Chuck GrassleyRIA$10,200$214,929
Kamala D. HarrisDCA$25,650$611,889
Margaret Wood HassanDNH$3,750$1,081,175
Orrin G. HatchRUT$2,000$201,300
Martin HeinrichDNM$12,500$185,537
Heidi HeitkampDND$4,283$97,450
Dean HellerRNV$11,000$293,237
Mazie K. HironoDHI$8,000$152,102
John HoevenRND$0$37,420
Jim InhofeROK$0$72,090
Johnny IsaksonRGA$4,550$114,995
Ron JohnsonRWI$10,900$881,917
Tim KaineDVA$9,000$569,545
John KennedyRLA$0$23,500
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$0$48,003
Amy KlobucharDMN$17,250$110,936
James LankfordROK$3,250$208,740
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$18,500$187,495
Mike LeeRUT$23,200$864,694
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$11,000$70,575
Ed MarkeyDMA$29,200$449,492
John McCainRAZ$43,317$311,545
Claire McCaskillDMO$17,083$287,445
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$36,000$507,156
Bob MenéndezDNJ$19,900$130,250
Jeff MerkleyDOR$2,850$189,968
Jerry MoranRKS$0$71,100
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$5,000$61,650
Chris MurphyDCT$5,450$317,518
Patty MurrayDWA$4,500$572,619
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$20,750$191,562
Rand PaulRKY$2,550$543,222
David PerdueRGA$8,600$293,682
Gary C. PetersDMI$5,000$313,870
Rob PortmanROH$22,100$368,511
John "Jack" ReedDRI$3,000$42,650
Jim RischRID$0$66,187
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$1,000$160,867
Mike RoundsRSD$2,500$129,431
Marco RubioRFL$9,700$1,034,728
Bernie SandersIVT$0$325,636
Ben SasseRNE$2,700$737,901
Brian SchatzDHI$15,600$199,726
Chuck SchumerDNY$18,500$447,172
Tim ScottRSC$6,200$361,761
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$5,600$228,250
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$0$26,900
Debbie StabenowDMI$12,500$119,113
Luther StrangeRAL$0$0
Dan SullivanRAK$3,500$653,473
Jon TesterDMT$17,500$218,298
John ThuneRSD$11,700$272,391
Thom TillisRNC$0$293,864
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$6,400$1,448,742
Tom UdallDNM$9,600$123,339
Chris Van HollenDMD$7,000$156,622
Mark R. WarnerDVA$1,900$252,221
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$6,700$2,093,443
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$10,250$104,806
Roger F. WickerRMS$14,500$20,250
Ron WydenDOR$3,500$262,492
Todd YoungRIN$7,000$200,634

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Legislator Filters
NamePartyState$ From Interest Groups
That Support
$ From Interest Groups
That Oppose
Andrew Lamar AlexanderRTN$500$63,500
Tammy BaldwinDWI$16,083$658,775
John BarrassoRWY$11,500$48,400
Michael F. BennetDCO$56,750$781,971
Richard BlumenthalDCT$12,501$150,583
Roy BluntRMO$20,900$243,036
Cory A. BookerDNJ$54,400$374,601
John BoozmanRAR$1,500$45,332
Sherrod BrownDOH$18,300$600,525
Richard BurrRNC$7,150$215,249
Maria CantwellDWA$0$251,239
Shelley Moore CapitoRWV$9,200$154,225
Ben CardinDMD$11,750$66,566
Tom CarperDDE$10,000$78,756
Bob CaseyDPA$17,350$148,282
Bill CassidyRLA$4,000$388,798
William Thad CochranRMS$5,000$43,200
Susan M. CollinsRME$9,700$73,300
Christopher A. CoonsDDE$2,500$148,079
Bob CorkerRTN$18,500$81,630
John CornynRTX$6,500$196,703
Catherine Cortez MastoDNV$1,860$1,128,332
Tom CottonRAR$2,500$1,298,052
Mike CrapoRID$2,700$76,434
Ted CruzRTX$0$1,983,287
Steve DainesRMT$6,000$338,490
Joe DonnellyDIN$5,750$90,144
Tammy DuckworthDIL$1,341$855,387
Dick DurbinDIL$5,250$135,575
Mike EnziRWY$5,200$17,000
Joni ErnstRIA$1,000$198,261
Dianne FeinsteinDCA$18,650$102,222
Deb FischerRNE$500$213,771
Jeff FlakeRAZ$6,000$1,430,324
Al FrankenDMN$12,500$331,025
Cory GardnerRCO$31,550$476,555
Kirsten E. GillibrandDNY$42,900$338,761
Lindsey GrahamRSC$19,400$162,888
Chuck GrassleyRIA$10,200$214,929
Kamala D. HarrisDCA$25,650$611,889
Margaret Wood HassanDNH$3,750$1,081,175
Orrin G. HatchRUT$2,000$201,300
Martin HeinrichDNM$12,500$185,537
Heidi HeitkampDND$4,283$97,450
Dean HellerRNV$11,000$293,237
Mazie K. HironoDHI$8,000$152,102
John HoevenRND$0$37,420
Jim InhofeROK$0$72,090
Johnny IsaksonRGA$4,550$114,995
Ron JohnsonRWI$10,900$881,917
Tim KaineDVA$9,000$569,545
John KennedyRLA$0$23,500
Angus S. King, Jr.IME$0$48,003
Amy KlobucharDMN$17,250$110,936
James LankfordROK$3,250$208,740
Patrick J. LeahyDVT$18,500$187,495
Mike LeeRUT$23,200$864,694
Joe Manchin, IIIDWV$11,000$70,575
Ed MarkeyDMA$29,200$449,492
John McCainRAZ$43,317$311,545
Claire McCaskillDMO$17,083$287,445
Addison "Mitch" McConnellRKY$36,000$507,156
Bob MenéndezDNJ$19,900$130,250
Jeff MerkleyDOR$2,850$189,968
Jerry MoranRKS$0$71,100
Lisa MurkowskiRAK$5,000$61,650
Chris MurphyDCT$5,450$317,518
Patty MurrayDWA$4,500$572,619
Clarence "Bill" NelsonDFL$20,750$191,562
Rand PaulRKY$2,550$543,222
David PerdueRGA$8,600$293,682
Gary C. PetersDMI$5,000$313,870
Rob PortmanROH$22,100$368,511
John "Jack" ReedDRI$3,000$42,650
Jim RischRID$0$66,187
Charles "Pat" RobertsRKS$1,000$160,867
Mike RoundsRSD$2,500$129,431
Marco RubioRFL$9,700$1,034,728
Bernie SandersIVT$0$325,636
Ben SasseRNE$2,700$737,901
Brian SchatzDHI$15,600$199,726
Chuck SchumerDNY$18,500$447,172
Tim ScottRSC$6,200$361,761
Jeanne ShaheenDNH$5,600$228,250
Richard C. ShelbyRAL$0$26,900
Debbie StabenowDMI$12,500$119,113
Luther StrangeRAL$0$0
Dan SullivanRAK$3,500$653,473
Jon TesterDMT$17,500$218,298
John ThuneRSD$11,700$272,391
Thom TillisRNC$0$293,864
Patrick J. ToomeyRPA$6,400$1,448,742
Tom UdallDNM$9,600$123,339
Chris Van HollenDMD$7,000$156,622
Mark R. WarnerDVA$1,900$252,221
Elizabeth WarrenDMA$6,700$2,093,443
Sheldon WhitehouseDRI$10,250$104,806
Roger F. WickerRMS$14,500$20,250
Ron WydenDOR$3,500$262,492
Todd YoungRIN$7,000$200,634

Interest Groups that support this bill

$ Donated
Cable & satellite TV production$1,031,368
Computer manufacture & services$953,108
Consumer groups$10,650

Interest Groups that oppose this bill

$ Donated
Republican/Conservative$14,205,818
Democratic/Liberal$10,463,497
Computer software$4,734,324
Advertising & public relations services$2,366,393
Electronics manufacturing & services$1,421,514
Computer manufacture & services$953,108
Vendors$734,813
Internet & Online Services$614,265
Human Rights$66,650
Consumer groups$10,650
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