A Daily Legislative Update of the Governmental Affairs Office

 

daily edition 2.10.12

 

The Senate and House are not in session today.

 

Federal Register, Vol. 77, No. 27 (February 10, 2012)

Congressional Record, Vol. 158, No. 21 (February 9, 2012)

 

 

Administrative Law

 

Notices

 

On 2/10/12, the Administrative Conference of the United States announced a meeting of the Committee on Adjudication to discuss the Immigration Adjudication Project. The meeting will be 2/27/12, 9 am, via web forum. FR7115.

 

 

Business Law

 

Floor Action

 

On 2/9/12, the House passed, by a 417-2 vote, S 2038, as amended, to prohibit members of Congress and employees of Congress from using nonpublic information derived from their official positions for personal benefit.

 

 

Courts/Judiciary

 

Committee Action

 

The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to vote on the following nominations: John Z. Lee, of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; John J. Tharp, Jr., of Illinois, to be United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois; George Levi Russell, III, of Maryland, to be United States District Judge for the District of Maryland; and Kristine Gerhard Baker, of Arkansas, to be United States District Judge for the Eastern District of Arkansas. 2/16/12, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

 

On 2/9/12, the Senate Judiciary Committee ordered favorably reported S 1945, to permit the televising of Supreme Court proceedings.

 

Floor Action

 

On 2/9/12, the Senate confirmed, by a 90-6 vote, the nomination of Cathy Ann Bencivengo, of California, to be United States District Judge for the Southern District of California.

 

On 2/9/12, the Senate began consideration of the nomination of Adalberto Jose Jordan, of Florida, to be United States Circuit Judge for the Eleventh Circuit, reaching a unanimous-consent-time agreement providing that the Senate will resume consideration of the nomination at 4:30 pm on 2/13/12 for a cloture vote.

 

 

Disability Law

 

Notices

 

On 2/10/12, the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs, Department of Labor, announced a request for comments concerning proposed changes to the affirmative action and nondiscrimination obligations of contractors and subcontractors regarding individuals with disabilities. Comments are due 2/21/12. FR7108.

 

 

Election Law

 

Bills Introduced

 

HR 4010 (Van Hollen, D-MD), to amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to provide for additional disclosure requirements for corporations, labor organizations, and other entities; to House Administration. CR 2/9/12, H692.

 

 

Emergency Preparedness and Response

 

Notices

 

On 2/10/12, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, announced final rules concerning specific communities due to modifications to the Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs. FR6976.

 

 

Health Law

 

Bills Introduced

 

S 2092 (Enzi, R-WY), to amend Title XXVII of the Public Health Service Act to provide conscience protections for individuals and organizations; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. CR 2/9/12, S494.

 

 

Indian Law

 

Bills Introduced

 

S 2090 (Akaka, D-HI), to amend the Indian Law Enforcement Reform Act to extend the period of time provided to the Indian Law and Order Commission to produce a required report; to Indian Affairs. CR 2/9/12, S494.

 

 

Intellectual Property Law

 

Notices

 

On 2/10/12, the Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), Department of Commerce (Commerce), announced changes to implement the following provisions as established in the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act: to create a new derivative proceeding to be conducted before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board (PTAB), effective 3/16/13; to create a new inter partes review proceeding to be conducted before the PTAB, effective 9/16/12; and to create a new post-grant review proceeding to be conducted before the PTAB, effective 9/16/12. FR7028.

 

On 2/10/12, PTO, Commerce, announced a request for comments concerning a proposed new rule to require PTO to issue regulations for determining if a patent is for technological invention in a transitional post-grant review proceeding for covered business method patents. Comments are due 4/10/12. FR7095.

 

 

International Law

 

Bills Introduced

 

HR 3992 (Berman, D-CA), to allow otherwise eligible Israeli nationals to receive E-2 nonimmigrant visas if similarly situated United States nationals are eligible for similar nonimmigrant status in Israel; to Judiciary. CR 2/9/12, H692.

 

 

Military Law

 

Notices

 

On 2/10/12, the Department of Defense announced a meeting of the Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Services to receive briefings on several issues. The meeting will be 3/1/12, 8:30 am, 801 N. Saint Asaph St., Alexandria, VA. FR7138.

 

 

National Security

 

Bills Introduced

 

HR 4005 (Hahn, D-CA), to direct the secretary of Homeland Security to conduct a study and report to Congress on gaps in port security in the United States and a plan to address them; to Homeland Security. CR 2/9/12, H692.

 

HR 4006 (Hahn, D-CA), to require the submission of a plan to ensure the placement of sufficient U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers at each of the ten international airports in the United States with the largest volume of international travelers to effectively combat security threats and vulnerabilities; to Homeland Security. CR 2/9/12, H692.

HR 4011 (Nadler, D-NY), to modify certain provisions of law relating to torture; to Armed Services. CR 2/9/12, H693.

  

Veterans Affairs

 

Notices

 

On 2/10/12, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Women Veterans to receive a series of briefings. The meeting will be 3/20-22/12, 8:30 am each day, VA Central Office, 810 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington DC. FR7244.

 

 

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