A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
 
daily edition 2.18.2009
The Senate and House are not in session today.
They will reconvene on 2/23/09.
 
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, Nos. 29-30 (February 12-13, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No. 27 (February 13, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, Nos. 29-31 (February 13-18, 2009)
 
Business Law
 
Bills Introduced
S 445 ( Specter, R-PA), to provide appropriate protection to attorney-client privilege communications and attorney work product; to Judiciary. S2322, remarks S2331, CR 2/13/09.
Presidential Action
On 2/17/09, the president signed HR 1, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.
Children/Families  
Notices
On 2/17/09, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, proposed an collection activity to obtain information from Communities Empowering Youth (CEY) grantee agencies and the faith-based and community organizations working in partnership with them to examine how they are meeting the objective of increasing positive youth development and addressing youth violence, gang involvement, and child abuse and neglect. FR 7442.
  Civil Rights/Constitutional Law  
Bills Introduced
S 448 ( Specter, R-PA), to maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media; to Judiciary. S 2322, remarks S2340, CR 2/13/09.
S 449 ( Specter, R-PA), to protect free speech; to Judiciary. S2322, remarks S2342, CR 2/13/09.
Courts/Judiciary
Bills Introduced
S 446 ( Specter, R-PA), to permit the televising of Supreme Court proceedings; to Judiciary. S2322, remarks S2332, CR 2/13/09.
S 437 ( Specter, R-PA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow the deduction of attorney-advanced expenses and court costs in contingency fee cases; to Finance. S2322, remarks and text S2325, CR 2/13/09.
S 440 ( Specter, R-PA), to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to allow an above-the-line deduction for attorney fees and costs in connection with civil claim awards; to Finance. S2322, remarks and text S2329, CR 2/13/09.
HR 1020 ( Johnson, D-GA), to amend Chapter 1, Title 9, U.S. Code, with respect to arbitration; to Judiciary. H1517, CR 2/12/09.
  Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1022 ( Schiff, D-CA), to increase and enhance law enforcement resources committed to investigation and prosecution of violent gangs, to deter and punish violent gang crime, to protect law-abiding citizens and communities from violent criminals, to revise and enhance criminal penalties for violent crimes, to expand and improve gang prevention programs; to Judiciary. H1517, CR 2/12/09.
HR 1064 ( Scott, D-VA), to provide for evidence-based and promising practices related to juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity prevention and intervention to help build individual, family and community strength and resiliency to ensure that youth lead productive, safe, health, gang-free, and law-abiding lives; to Judiciary. HR1604, CR 2/13/09.
S 435 ( Casey, D-PA), to provide for evidence-based and promising practices related to juvenile delinquency and criminal street gang activity prevention and intervention to help build individual, family and community strength and resiliency to ensure that youth lead productive, safe, health, gang-free, and law-abiding lives; to Judiciary. S2322, CR 2/13/09.
Notices
On 2/17/09, the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Department of Justice, announced a spring meeting to be held 3/16/09-3/17/09 in Washington, DC. FR 7477.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
  HR 1015 ( Gohmert, R-TX), to provide for the retrocession of the District of Columbia to Maryland; to Judiciary. H1517, CR 2/12/09.
Notices
On 2/17/09, the Federal Election Commission issued final rules, effective 3/19/09, implementing new statutory provisions regarding the disclosure of information about bundled contributions provided by certain lobbyists, registrants, and political committees established or controlled by lobbyists or registrants. FR 7285.
On 2/18/09, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights announced a meeting on 2/20/09 at 9:30 am in Washington, DC. The agenda includes a discussion of the findings and recommendations for a briefing report on the Department of Justice’s enforcement of voting rights in the 2008 presidential elections. FR 7587.
Gun Violence
Bills Introduced
HR 1074 ( Scalise, R-LA), to amend Chapter 44, Title 18, U.S. Code, to update certain procedures applicable to commerce in firearms and remove certain federal restrictions on interstate firearms transactions; to Judiciary. H1605, CR 2/13/09.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1031 ( Burgess, R-TX), to promote a better health information system; to Energy and Commerce. H1518, CR 2/12/09.
HR 1039 ( Johnson, R-TX), to encourage and enhance the adoption of interoperable health information technology to improve health care quality, reduce medical errors, and increase the efficiency of care; to Energy and Commerce. H1518, CR 2/12/09.
HR 1050 ( Stupak, D-MI), to amend Title 18, U.S. Code, to prohibit human cloning; to Judiciary. H1519, CR 2/12/09.
HR 1086 ( Gingrey, R-GA), to improve patient access to health care services and provide improved medical care by reducing the excessive burden the liability system places on the health care delivery system; to Judiciary. H1605, CR 2/13/09.
S 444 ( Whitehouse, D-RI), to provide for the establishment of a health information technology privacy system; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S 2322, CR 2/13/09.
Housing/Homelessness
Bills Introduced
 HR 1048 ( Sires, D-NJ), to improve the operating fund for public housing of the Department of Housing and Urban Affairs; to Financial Services. H1519, CR 2/12/09.
 Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
S 424 ( Leahy, D-VT), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents and to penalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships; to Judiciary. S2229, remarks and text S2233, CR 2/12/09.
HR 1024 ( Nadler, D-NY), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to eliminate discrimination in the immigration laws by permitting permanent partners of U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents to obtain lawful permanent resident status in the same manner as spouses of citizens and lawful permanent residents and to penalize immigration fraud in connection with permanent partnerships; to Judiciary. H1518, CR 2/12/09.
HR 1029 ( Hill, D-IN), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act and Title 18, U.S. Code, to combat the crime of alien smuggling and related activities; to Judiciary. H1518, CR 2/12/09.
HR 1033 ( Cohen, D-TN), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act with respect to temporary admission of nonimmigrant aliens to the United States for the purpose of receiving medical treatment; to Judiciary. H1518, CR 2/12/09.
International Law
  Bills Introduced
  HR 1062 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide for the establishment and implementation of a system to verify that persons who receive U.S. foreign assistance funds are not affiliated with or do not support foreign terrorist organization or do not otherwise commit or support acts of international terrorism; to Foreign Affairs. H1604, CR 2/13/09.
  National Security
Bills Introduced
HR 1012 ( Cole, R-OK), to prohibit the use of funds available to the Department of Defense to transfer enemy combatants detained by the United States at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to the United States, or to construct facilities for such enemy combatants at such locations; to Armed Services. H1517, CR 2/12/09.
HR 1042 ( Miller, R-FL), to prohibit the provision of medical treatment to enemy combatants detained by the United States at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, in the same facility as member of the Armed Forces or Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility; to Armed Services. H1519, CR 2/12/09.
HR 1069 ( Calvert, R-CA), to provide for certain requirements related to the closing of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility; to Armed Services. H1604, CR 2/13/09.
HR 1072 ( Ros-Lehtinen, R-FL), to prohibit U.S. contributions to the United Nations for the purpose of paying or reimbursing the legal expenses of U.N. officers or employees charged with malfeasance; to Foreign Affairs. H1604, CR 2/13/09.
HR 1073 ( Rooney, R-FL), to prohibit the use of funds to transfer individuals detained at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to facilities in Florida or to house such individuals at such facilities; to Armed Services. H1604, CR 2/13/09.
Substance Abuse
Bills Introduced
S 450 ( Baucus, R-MT), to understand and comprehensively address the oral health problems associated with methamphetamine use; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S2322, remarks S2343, CR 2/13/09.
Tort Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1010 ( Rahall, D-WV), to amend the Black Lung Benefits Act to provide equity to certain survivors with regard to claims under that act; to Education and Labor. H1517, CR 2/12/09.
 

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