MacArthur Cosponsors Bill Drafted by New Jersey High School Students

MacArthur Cosponsors Bill Drafted by New Jersey High School Students

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Tom MacArthur announced that he will co-sponsor the Cold Case Record Collections Act with Democratic Congressman Bobby Rush.  The bill was drafted by high school students from Hightstown, New Jersey. It would allow citizens to request the declassification of certain documents from civil rights cold cases.  Currently, the declassification prevents private investigators from investigating these cases.

“I spoke with Oslene Johnson and commended her and her classmates for lobbying Congress on this important issue,” said MacArthur.  “There are many unsolved crimes from the Civil Rights Movement where outside investigators are needed to help bring justice for those involved, that’s why I’m proud to cosponsor the Cold Case Record Collections Act. I’m grateful that high school students from my home state identified this problem, worked together, and fought for change.”

The Cold Case Record Collections Act is also co-sponsored by Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ), Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (D-NJ), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), Rep.  Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC), and Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY).

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