A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
 daily edition 12.30.2008
The Senate is in pro form session today.
The House is not in session today and is scheduled to reconvene on 1/3/09.
Federal Register, Vol. 73, Nos. 246-250 (December 22-30, 2008)
Children/Families
Notices  
On 12/22/08, the Indian Health Service, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for comments on a proposed information collection regarding the investigations of individuals in positions involving regular contact with or control over Indian children. Comments are due 1/22/09. FR 78374.
Disability Law
Notices
On 12/24/08, the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services Overview Information, Department of Education, announced final priorities and the availability of funds for two separate programs supporting those priorities. Applications are due 2/23/09. FR 79064.
Election Law  
Notices
On 12/29/08, the Election Assistance Commission requested comments on a proposed collection of information regarding nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color or national origin in programs or activities receiving federal financial assistance from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Comments are due 2/27/09. FR 79458.
Health Law
Notices
On 12/29/08, the Office of the Secretary, Health and Human Services, requested comments on a proposed information collection regarding the final rule titled “Ensuring that Department of Health and Human Services Funds Do Not Support Coercive or Discriminatory Policies or Practices in Violation of Federal Law.” Comments are due 2/28/09. FR 79489.
HIV/AIDS
Notices
On 12/22/08, HHS announced a request for comments on a proposed collection titled “Indian Health Service HIV Knowledge/ Attitudes/ Practice Customer Survey.” Comments are due 1/22/09. FR 78375.
On 12/29/08, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed a rule to amend the VA informed consent regulations to update requirements concerning testing for HIV so that they are consistent with the Veterans Mental Health and Other Care Improvements Act of 2008. Comments are due 1/28/09. FR 79428.
Immigration Law
Presidential Action
On 12/23/08, the president signed HR 7311 (PL 110-457), to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2008- 2011 for the Trafficking Victims Protection Act of 2000.
Lobbying
Notices
On 12/30/08, the Federal Election Commission announced the removal of rules, effective 2/1/09, on increased contribution limits and coordinated party expenditure limits for Senate and House of Representatives candidates facing self-financed opponents. FR 79597.

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