A Legislative Update Service of the American Bar Association Governmental Affairs Office

Daily Edition
September 5, 2008
Federal Register, Vol. 73, Nos. 164- 173 (August 22, 2008 – September 5, 2008)
The Senate and House are in recess. They will reconvene on 9/8/08.  
 
Children/ Families
Notices
On 8/22/08, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, invited comments on the Annual Report of Children in State Agency and Locally Operated Institutions for Neglected and Delinquent Children. Comments are due 9/22/08. FR 49662.
Courts/Judiciary
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing on the nominations of Clark Waddoups, of Utah, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Utah; Michael M. Anello, of California, to be U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of California; and Mary Stenson Scriven, of Florida, to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Florida. 9/9/08, 10 am, 562 Dirksen.
Criminal Law
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “New Strategies for Combating Violent Crime: Drawing Lessons from Recent Experience.” 9/10/08, 10 am, 562 Dirksen.
Election Law
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Protecting the Right to Vote: Oversight of the Department of Justice’s Preparations for the 2008 General Elections.” 9/9/08, 2:15 pm, 562 Dirksen.
The Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on the Voting Section of the Civil Rights Division of the US Department of Justice Preparation for the 2008 Election. 9/9/08, 9:30 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Emergency Preparedness
Notices
On 9/3/08, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, announced the establishment of the National Commission on Children and Disasters, a Secretary’s Advisory Committee. FR 51490.
Health Law
Notices
On 8/22/08, the Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, solicited comments on a rule proposing to adopt updated versions of the standards for electronic transactions originally adopted in regulations implementing requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. Comments are due 10/21/08. FR 49742.
On 8/22/08, the Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, solicited comments on the proposed project, Trends in U.S. Public Awareness of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities. Comments are due 9/22/08 . FR 49674.
On 8/26/08, the Office of the Secretary, Department of Health and Human Services, proposed to promulgate regulations to ensure that department funds do not support morally coercive or discriminatory practices or policies in the health field in violation of federal law. Comments are due 9/25/08. FR 50274.
On 8/26/08, the Social Security Administration announced a proposal to revise rules regarding payment of representative fees. Comments are due 9/25/08. FR 50260.
Immigration Law
Notices
On 8/27/08, the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education, Department of Education, invited comments on the Binational Migrant Education Program (BMEP) State MEP Director Survey. Comments are due 9/26/08. FR 50601.
On 8/26/08, the Department of State adopted as final an interim rule, effective 8/26/08, which amended the regulations concerning visa ineligibility for aliens who vote unlawfully. FR 50194.
Indian Law
Notices
On 8/28/08, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, submitted information regarding Law and Order on Indian Reservations, which concerns marriage and dissolution of marriage in a Court of Indian Offenses. Comments are due 8/29/08. FR 50835.
Legal Services Corporation
Notices
On 8/25/08, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) requested comments for the LSC FY 2010 budget request to Congress. Comments are due 9/15/08. FR 50060.
National Security  
Presidential Action
On 8/28/08, the president continued for one year the national emergency declared on September 14, 2001, with respect to the terrorist attacks on the United States.
Substance Abuse
Notices
On 8/22/08, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services, published a summary of a proposed project, Strategic Prevention Framework State Incentive Grant Program. Comments are due 10/14/08. FR 49691.

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