|Amendment offered by Rep. Sheila Lee (D-TX) to HR
Date: February 26, 2002.
Disposition: This amendment is an amendment to the amendment in the nature of a substitute offered by Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) at the House Crime Subcommittee's markup session. Rep. Lee's amendment was approved by a unanimous voice vote. Then, the amendment in the nature of a substitute, as amended, was approved by a unanimous voice vote.
Source: The Office of Rep. Smith kindly provided Tech Law Journal with a PDF version of the Lee amendment.
AMENDMENT TO THE AMENDMENT IN THE NATURE OF A SUBSTITUTE TO H.R. 3482 OFFERED BY MS. JACKSON-LEE OF TEXAS
Strike section 101 and insert the following:
SEC. 101. AMENDMENT OF SENTENCING GUIDELINES RELATING TO CERTAIN COMPUTER CRIMES.
(a) DIRECTIVE TO THE UNITED STATES SENTENCING COMMISSION.—Pursuant to its authority under section 994(p) of title 28, United States Code, and in accordance with this section, the United States Sentencing Commission shall review and, if appropriate, amend its guidelines and its policy statements applicable to persons convicted of an offense under section 1030 of title 18, United States Code.
(b) REQUIREMENTS.—In carrying out this section, the Sentencing Commission shall—
(1) ensure that the sentencing guidelines and policy statements reflect the serious nature of the offenses described in subsection (a), the growing incidence of such offenses, and the need for an effective deterrent and appropriate punishment to prevent such offenses;
(2) consider the following factors and the extent to which the guidelines may or may not account for them—
(A) the potential and actual loss resulting from the offense;
(B) the level of sophistication and planning involved in the offense;
(C) whether the offense was committed for purposes of commercial advantage or private financial benefit;
(D) whether the defendant acted with malicious intent to cause harm in committing the offense;
(E) the extent to which the offense violated the privacy rights of individuals harmed;
(F) whether the offense involved a computer used by the government in furtherance of national defense, national security, or the administration of justice;
(G) whether the violation was intended to or had the effect of significantly interfering with or disrupting a critical infrastructure; and
(H) whether the violation was intended to or had the effect of creating a threat to public health or safety, or injury to any person;
(3) assure reasonable consistency with other relevant directives and with other sentencing guidelines;
(4) account for any additional aggravating or mitigating circumstances that might justify exceptions to the generally applicable sentencing ranges;
(5) make any necessary conforming changes to the sentencing guidelines; and
(6) assure that the guidelines adequately meet the purposes of sentencing as set forth in section 3553(a)(2) of title 18, United States Code.
SEC. 101A. STUDY AND REPORT ON COMPUTER CRIMES.
Not later than May 1, 2003, the United States Sentencing Commission shall
submit a brief report to Congress that explains any actions taken by the
Sentencing Commission in response to this Act and includes any recommendations
the Commission may have regarding statutory penalties for offenses under section
1030 of title 18, United States Code.