A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 09.12.2008
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Congressional Record, Vol. 154, Nos. 143 - 144 (September 10 - 11, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 122 - 123 (September 11 - 12, 2008)
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 177 - 178 (September 11 - 12, 2008)
 
Antitrust Law
Committee Action
On 9/10/08, the Committee on the Judiciary approved a resolution establishing the Task Force on Antitrust and Competition.
Children and Families
Notices
On 9/12/08, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a survey on state implementation of the Safe and Timely Interstate Placement of Foster Children Act. Comments are due 11/8/08. FR 53029.
Constitutional Law
Hearings
The Information Policy, Census, and National Archives Subcommittee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, will hold a hearing on the implementation of the Office of Government Information Services, which was established in 2007 to mediate Freedom of Information Act disputes. 9/17/08, 2 pm, 2154 Rayburn.
Courts/Judiciary
Bills Introduced
S 3462 ( Schumer, D-NY), to ensure that the courts of the United States may provide an impartial forum for claims brought by US citizens and others against any railroad organized as a separate legal entity, arising from the deportation of US citizens and others to Nazi concentration camps on trains owned or operated by such railroad, and by heirs and survivors of such persons; to Judiciary. S8275, CR 9/10/08.
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up S 3405, to prohibit secret modifications and revocations of the law, and for other purposes. 9/18/08, 10 am, 216 Hart.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote 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; Mary Stenson Scriven , of Florida, to be U.S. District Judge for the Middle District of Florida; Christine M. Arguello , of Colorado, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado; and Philip A. Brimmer , of Colorado, to be U.S. District Judge for the District of Colorado. 9/18/08, 10 am, 216 Hart.
On 9/11/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported out of committee S 2838, to amend chapter 1 of the title 9 or United States Code to bar the use of mandatory binding arbitration clauses in nursing home contracts.
On 9/11/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the nomination of William B. Carr, Jr. , of Pennsylvania, to be a member of the United States Sentencing Commission.
Notices
On 9/11/08, the United States Sentencing Commission specified an effective date of 11/1/08, for technical and conforming amendments to the federal sentencing guidelines. FR 52895.
Criminal Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6875 ( Kucinich, D-OH), to abolish the death penalty under federal law; to Judiciary. H8048, CR 9/11/08.
H Con Res 411 ( Reichert, R-WA), to raise awareness of the need for crime prevention in communities across the country and expressing support for designation of the week of10/2/08, as “Celebrate Safe Communities” week; to Judiciary. H8049, CR 9/11/08.
Hearings
The Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold an oversight hearing on the Department of Justice Office of Justice Programs. 9/18/08, 11:30 am, 2237 Rayburn.
Committee Action
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up HR 3971, to encourage states to report to the attorney general certain information regarding the deaths of individuals in the custody of law enforcement agencies, and for other purposes. 9/18/08 10 am, 216 Hart.
On 9/11/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported out of committee S 3136, to encourage the entry of felony warrants into the NCIC database by states and provide additional resources for extradition, as amended.
Disability Law
Floor Action
On 9/11/08, the Senate passed S 3406, the ADA Amendments Act, to restore the intent and protections of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced
HR 6877 ( Baldwin, D-WI), to provide for the creation of a federal greenhouse gas registry, and for other purposes; to Energy and Commerce. H8048, CR 9/11/08.
Hearings
The House Ways and Means Committee will hold a hearing on the policy options for reducing greenhouse gas emissions. 9/18/08, 10:30 am, 1100 Longworth.
Gun Violence
Committee Action
On 9/11/08, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved a draft bill that would allow people to bring loaded guns into national parks and wildlife refuges unless state laws bar them from doing so.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
S 3476 ( Hagel, R-NE), to amend the Public Health Service Act to improve the nation’s surveillance and reporting for diseases and conditions, and for other purposes; to Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. S8383, CR 9/11/08.
Hearings
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee will hold a hearing titled “The Domestic Epidemic is Worse than We Thought: A Wake-up Call for HIV Prevention.” 9/16/08, 10 am, 2154 Rayburn.
The Health Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing titled “ America’s Need for Health Reform.” 9/18/08, 9:30 am, 2123 Rayburn.
Committee Action
On 9/11/08, the Senate Committee on Finance reported out of committee S 3038, to amend part E of title IV of the Social Security Act to extend the adoption incentives program, to authorize States to establish a relative guardianship program, to promote the adoption of children with special needs, as amended.
On 9/11/08, the Senate Committee on Finance reported out of committee S 1070, to amend the Social Security Act to enhance the social security of the Nation by ensuring adequate public-private infrastructure and to resolve to prevent, detect, treat, intervene in, and prosecute elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation, as amended.
Immigration Law
Bills Introduced
H 6886 ( Myrick, R-NC), to deny certain federal funds to any institution of higher education that admits as students aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States; to Education and Labor. H8049, CR 9/11/08.
Hearings
The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing titled “Mismanagement, Missteps and Missed Benchmarks: Why the Virtual Fence Has Not Become a Reality,” 9/18/08, 10 am, 311 Cannon.
Committee Action
On 9/11/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported out of committee S 3166, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to impose criminal penalties on individuals who assist aliens who have engaged in genocide, torture, or extrajudicial killings to enter the United States.
Indian Law  
Hearings
The Senate Indian Affairs Committee will hold a hearing on deferral declinations to prosecute crimes in Indian country. 9/18/08, 9:30 am, 628 Dirksen.
Intellectual Property Law
Bills Introduced
S 3464 ( Baucus, D-MT), to amend the Trade Act of 1974 to improve the international protection and enforcement of intellectual property rights, and for other purposes; to Finance. S8275, CR 9/10/08.
Committee Action
On 9/11/08, the Senate Judiciary Committee reported out of committee S 3325, to enhance remedies for violations of intellectual property laws, as amended
International Law  
Hearings
The Joint Economic Committee will hold a hearing on the role of Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe institutions in advancing human rights and democracy. 9/17/08, 3 pm, 2325 Rayburn.

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