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September 19, 2006

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 116 (September 18, 2006)
CQ Today, Vol. 42, No. 131 (September 19, 2006)
Federal Register, Vol. 71, No. 181 (September 19, 2006)

The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.

Children/Families

Hearings

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee will host a briefing series to survey pending legislative proposals to protect children while online. “Shoue Congress Decree Social Networking and Chat Sites Teen-Free Zones?” 9/21/06, 2 pm, HC-5 Capitol Bldg. “Warehousing Consumers’ Online Travels to Catch Child Predators and Terrorists: Privacy Implications?” 10/5/06, 2 pm, Mansfield Room, Capitol.

Civil Rights/Constitutional Law

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up pending legislation; S 2831, to guarantee the free flow of information to the public through a free and active press while protecting the right of the public to effective law enforcement and the fair administration of justice; and S 394, to promote accessibility, accountability, and openness in government by strengthening section 552 to Title 5, United States Code. 9/21/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Criminal Justice

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 155, 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 penalities for violent crimes, to reform and facilitate prosecution of juvenile gang members who commit violent crimes, to expand and improve gang prevention programs. 9/21/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 4239, to provide the Department of Justice the necessary authority to apprehend prosecute, and convict individuals committing animal enterprise terrorism. 9/20/06, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

Courts/Judiciary

Hearings

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a confirmation hearing on pending judicial nominations; Paul Lewis Maloney, to be U.S. District Judge for the Western District of Michigan; Janet T. Neff, to be the U.S. District judge for the Western District of Michigan; Robert James Jonker, to be U.S. District judge for the Western District of Michigan; and Leslie Southwick, to be US District judge for the Southern District of Mississippi. 9/19/06, 3 pm, 226 Dirksen.

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 1845, to amend Title 28, United States Code, to provide for the appointment of additional federal circuit judges, to divide the Ninth Judicial Circuit of the United States into two circuits. 9/21/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

Intellectual Property

Committee Action

The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 2644, to harmonize rate setting standards for copyright licenses under sections 112 and 114 to Title 17, United States Code. 9/21/06, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 6052, to amend Title 17, United States Code, to provide for licensing for digital delivery of musical works and to provide for limitation of remedies in cases in which the copyright owner cannot be located. 9/20/06, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

International

Bills Introduced

S 3909 ( Clinton, D-NY), to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 to provide assistance for developing countries to promote quality basic education and to establish the achievement of universal basic education in all developing countries as an objective of United States foreign policy; to Foreign Relations. S9680, CR 9/18/06.

National Security

Committee Action

The House Judiciary Committee will mark up; HR 6054, to amend Title 10, United States Code, to authorize trial by military commission for violations of the law of war; and HR 5825, to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. 9/20/06, 10 am, 2141 Rayburn.

The House Select Intelligence Committee will mark up pending legislation HR 5825, to update the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978. 9/20/06, 2 pm, H-405 Capitol.

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