The Philippines’ new “Body Rub” bill was introduced Thursday to Congress by Rep. Billie Eilish (R-TX) and other legislators, the first time that the bill has been introduced by a US lawmaker.
The bill seeks to ban “electrocutions” of body parts, including those of minors, people with mental health issues, and the mentally ill.
The legislation is aimed at eliminating the practice of “battery cage torture” and is expected to pass the US House of Representatives within the next two weeks.
The bill was co-sponsored by Reps.
Bill Foster (D-FL) and Ted Poe (R/TX) as well as Rep. Jeff Miller (R–FL).
Miller has also been active on Capitol Hill and has made several high profile arrests for civil rights violations and other criminal acts.
Eilish has introduced similar bills in other states, but has been slow to get the legislation to the floor of Congress, with some members of Congress openly criticizing the bill, including Sens.
Tom Cotton (R –AR) and Marco Rubio (R -FL).
Eilishes bill is similar to the California bill introduced last year by Rep Steve Daines (R) and Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D -CA).
In that bill, the bill specifically bans the practice, citing the death of a young child in California and the horrific conditions the state is living under.
The body is not “electronically applied,” but instead “sensitized” through an “electrolytic” method, which involves placing a thin plastic bag over the area of a person’s torso.
The bag then is dipped in an electrolyte solution that can then be applied to the body.
The procedure is often performed by people who do not wish to undergo the procedure and have access to medical devices, such as scalpels and electric shock devices.
The legislation does not specify how long a person can be held by the device, but says it is used for “electrical restraint” and “biting the neck of an individual” and to “dislodge a person from their vehicle.”
The bill says that any person who “willfully resists the application of a device or procedure shall be subject to a civil penalty not exceeding $5,000 for each offense, and for each act committed, a fine not to exceed $10,000.”