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Committee passes bill limiting military leaders' power
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Lawmakers in Washington are moving forward with a plan to try to reduce the number of sexual assaults in the military.
The House Armed Services Committee has passed a bill that would take authority away from military commanders to reverse convictions in rape and assault cases.
The legislation also requires anyone found guilty of rape or sexual assault to receive a minimum punishment of dismissal from the military or a dishonorable discharge.
The full House is expected to vote on it next week.
The Senate is considering similar legislation.