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The MAHSA Act - HR 9203

(September 13, 2023)

The MAHSA Act, named for the Iranian woman who died in custody after being detained by Iran’s “morality police” for an alleged violation of headscarf laws, requires the President to impose property- and visa-blocking sanctions on certain persons (individuals and entities) affiliated with Iran. Specifically, the President must make determinations about whether certain existing sanctions apply to specified persons and impose the applicable sanctions, including determinations concerning (1) the Supreme Leader of Iran and any official in the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran, (2) the President of Iran and any official in the Office of the President of Iran, and (3) any entity overseen by the Office of the Supreme Leader of Iran which is complicit in supporting human rights abuses or terrorism.

It passed the House 410-3, with Cori Bush (D-MO), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) voting against the legislation.

Sources: H.R.9203 - MAHSA Act,
Daily Kickoff, JewishInsider, (September 13, 2023).