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Washington Summary
Daily Edition
April 24, 2007

Congressional Record, Vol. 153, No. 64-65 (April 20-23, 2007)
CQ Today, Vol. 43, No. 68-69 (April 23-24, 2007)
Federal Register, Vol. 72, No. 74-75 (April 23-24, 2007)

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

Courts/Judiciary

Bills Introduced

HR 1979 ( Aderholt, R-AL), to require any federal or state court to recognize any notarization made by a notary public licensed by a state other than the state where the court is located when such a notarization occurs in or affects interstate commerce; to Judiciary. H3723, CR 4/20/07.

Criminal Justice

Hearings

The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the following pending legislation: HR 1700, to amend the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 to enhance the Cops on the Beat program; and HR 933, to establish within the United States Marshals Service a short-term state witness protection program to provide assistance to state and local district attorneys to protect their witnesses in cases involving homicide, serious violent felonies and serious drug offenses, and to provide federal grants for such protection. 4/24/07, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.

The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will mark up HR 1592, to provide federal assistance to states, local jurisdictions and Indian tribes to prosecute hate crimes. 4/24/07, Markup will immediately follow the 2 pm subcommittee hearing, 2141 Rayburn.

The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “Employer Access to Criminal Background Checks: The Need for Efficiency and Accuracy.” 4/26/07, 10 am, 2231 Rayburn.

Disability Law

Bills Introduced

S 1183 ( Harkin, D-IA), to enhance and further research into paralysis and to improve rehabilitation and the quality of life for persons living with paralysis and other physical disabilities; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S4841, CR 4/23/07.

Housing and Homelessness

Bills Introduced

HR 1980 ( Hinojosa, D-TX), to authorize appropriations for the Housing Assistance Council; to Financial Services. H3723, CR 4/20/07.

HR 1982 ( Hinojosa, D-TX), to authorize appropriations for the rural housing and economic development program of the Department of Housing and Urban Development; to Financial Services. H3723, CR 4/20/07.

Immigration Law

Bills Introduced

HR 2006 ( Thompson, D-MS), to improve the nation’s homeland security by strengthening the security of the visa waiver program under Section 217 of the Immigration and Nationality Act; to Judiciary, and Homeland Security. H3777, CR 4/23/07.

Indian Law

Hearings

The Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary Education Subcommittee, House Education and Labor Committee, will hold a field hearing titled “The No Child Left Behind Act’s Impact on Indian Education.” 4/28/07, 9:30 am, Gila River Indian Community Governance Center, Community Council Chambers, 525 West Gu u Ki, Saaton, Arizona.

Intellectual Property

Hearings

The Courts, the Internet and Intellectual Property Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on proposals that would revise existing patent laws. 4/26/07, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on process patents. 5/1/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

International Law

Bills Introduced

HR 2003 ( Payne, D-NJ), to encourage and facilitate the consolidation of peace and security, respect for human rights, democracy and economic freedom in Ethiopia; to Foreign Affairs. H3776, CR 4/23/07.

Legal Education

Bills Introduced

HR 1994 ( McKeon, R-CA), to provide more transparency in the financial aid process and to ensure that students are receiving the best information about financial aid opportunities; to Education and Labor, and Financial Services. H3776, CR 4/23/07.

Hearings

The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on several bills, including HR 916, to provide for loan repayment for prosecutors and public defenders. 4/24/07, 2 pm, 2141 Rayburn.

National Security

Bills Introduced

HR 1993 ( Moore, D-WI), to improve the delivery of counterterrorism financing, training and technical assistance by providing for greater interagency coordination and cooperation; to Financial Services, and Foreign Affairs. H3776, CR 4/23/07.

Hearings

The Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security Subcommittee, Senate Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Interrupting Terrorist Travel: Strengthening the Security of International Travel Documents.” 5/2/07, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.

The Border, Maritime, and Global Counterterrorism Subcommittee, House Homeland Security Committee, will hold a hearing titled, “The SAFE Port Act [PL 109-347]: A Six-Month Review.” 4/26/07, 1 pm, 1539 Longworth.



 




 





 

 


 



 




 

 


 

 


 





 

 








 




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