A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 10.02.2008
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Congressional Record, Vol. 154, Nos. 158-159 (September 30 – October 1, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 136 ( October 2 , 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, Nos. 191-192 (October 1-2, 2008)
 
Appropriations
Presidential Action  
On 9/30/08, the president signed HR 2638 (PL 110-329), the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009, to extend funding for the federal government 3/6/09.
Business Law
Floor Action  
On 10/1/08, the Senate passed, by a vote of 74 to 25, HR 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.
Courts/Judiciary
Bills Introduced
S 3665 ( Akaka, D-HI), to modify the accrual rate of annual leave for administrative law judges, contract appeals board members, and immigration judges; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S10324, remarks and text S10325, CR 10/1/08.
Floor Action
On 9/30/08, the Senate passed S Res 696, designating September 2008 as “National Youth Court Month.”
Criminal Law  
Bills Introduced
S 3668 ( Biden, D-DE), to create a grant program for collaboration programs that ensure coordination among criminal justice agencies, adult protective services agencies, victim assistance programs, and other agencies or organizations providing services to individuals with disabilities in the investigation and response to abuse or crimes committed against such individuals; to Judiciary. S10324, remarks and text S10326, CR 10/1/08.
Floor Action
On 9/30/08, the Senate passed S Res 662, raising awareness of the need for crime prevention in communities across the country and designating the week of 10/2/08 as “Celebrate Safe Communities” week.
On 9/30/08, the Senate agreed to the House amendment to S 431, to require convicted sex offenders to register online identifiers, clearing the measure for the president.
On 9/30/08, the Senate passed HR 6083, to authorize funding to conduct a national training program for state and local prosecutors, clearing the measure for the president.
Election Law
Floor Action
On 10/1/08, the Senate passed S 3073, to amend the Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act, to improve procedures for the collection and delivery of absentee ballots of absent overseas uniformed services voters.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
S 3656 ( Schumer, D-NY), to preserve access to healthcare under the Medicare and Medicaid programs; to Finance. S1076, CR 9/30/08.
Floor Action
On 10/1/08, the Senate passed, by a vote of 74 to 25, HR 1424, the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, which includes language to require equity in the provision of mental health and substance-related disorder benefits under group health plans. The ABA sent a letter to members of the House and Senate on 9/19/08 in support of the mental health parity legislation.
Immigration Law  
Presidential Actions
On 9/30/08, the president signed HR 2608 (PL 110-328), to provide, in FY2009- FY2011, extensions of supplemental security income for refugees, asylees, and other humanitarian immigrants.  
Notices  
On 10/2/08, the Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a meeting of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health. 11/18-19/08, New Orleans, LA. FR57365.
International Law  
Bills Introduced
S 3678 ( Boxer, D-CA), to promote freedom, human rights, and the rule of law in Vietnam; to Foreign Relations. S10324, remarks S10338, CR 10/1/08.
Floor Action
On 10/1/08, the Senate passed HR 7081, to approve the United States-India Agreement for Cooperation on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy.
On 10/1/08, the Senate passed S 1073, to prevent and reduce trafficking in persons.
Legal Education
Notices
On 10/2/08, the Department of Education announced an invitation for comments for the information collection requests relating to the Application for Approval to Participate in the Federal Student Financial Aid Programs. Comments are due 12/1/08. FR57342.
Military Law
Floor Action
On 9/30/08, the Senate passed S 3197, to amend federal bankruptcy laws to exempt for a limited period, from the application of the means-test presumption of abuse under chapter 7, qualifying members of reserve components of the Armed Forces and members of the National Guard who, after 9/11/01, are called to active duty or to perform a homeland defense activity for not less than 90 days.
National Security  
Bills Introduced
S 3662 ( Lieberman, I-CT), to establish the Controlled Unclassified Information Office, to require policies and procedures for the designation, marking, safeguarding, and dissemination of controlled unclassified information; to Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. S10324, CR 10/1/08.
 

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