A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 4.1.2009
The Senate and House are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 54 (March 31, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No. 55 (April 1, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 61 (April 1, 2009)

 
Business Law  
Notices  
On 4/1/09, the Office of Thrift Supervision, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, Department of the Treasury, announced a request for public comment on the information collection “Minimum Security Devices and Procedures, Reports of Suspicious Activities, and Bank Secrecy Act Compliance,” which is used by banks and other U.S. financial institutions to report known or suspected criminal activities to the appropriate law enforcement and Banking Supervisory Agencies. Comments are due 6/1/09. FR 14863.  
Children/Families  
Bills Introduced
HJ Res 42 ( Hoekstra, R-MI), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to parental rights; to Judiciary. H4250, CR 3/31/09.  
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law  
Bills Introduced  
HR 1822 ( Franks, R-AZ), to prohibit discrimination against the unborn on the basis of sex or race; to Judiciary. H4249, CR 3/31/09.
Committee Action
The Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will mark up HR --, the John Hope Franklin Tulsa-Greenwood Race Riot Claims Accountability Act of 2009. 4/2/09, 9:30 am, 2141 Rayburn.
Floor Action
On 3/31/09, the House passed, by voice vote, HR 985, to maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media.  
Criminal Law  
Bills Introduced  
S Res 93 ( Schumer, D-NY), supporting the mission and goals of 2009 National Crime Victim’s Rights Week, to increase public awareness of the rights, needs, and concerns of victims and survivors of crime in the United States, and to commemorate the 25 th anniversary of the enactment of the Victims of Crime Act of 1984; to Judiciary. S4063, CR 3/31/09.
HR 1825 ( Jordan, R-OH), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to deter public corruption; to Judiciary. H4250, CR 3/31/09.  
Disability Law  
Notices
On 4/1/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for public comment on the information collection of the Call Log of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network, which uses callers’ answers to basic questions about age, race, ethnicity, veteran status, how they heard about the Lifeline service, et cetera, to monitor basic trends in calls received, enhance network services, provide training to crisis counselors, and more effectively promote the network’s accessibility to at-risk individuals. Comments are due 5/1/09. FR 14807.
Elder Law  
Bills Introduced  
S 750 ( Boxer, D-CA), to amend the Public Health Service Act to attract and retain trained health care professionals and direct care workers dedicated to providing quality care to the growing population of older Americans; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S4062, CR 3/31/09.  
Election Law  
Bills Introduced
S 751 ( Durbin, D-IL), to establish a revenue source for fair elections financing of Senate campaigns by providing an excise tax on amounts paid pursuant to contracts with the U.S. government; to Finance. S4063, CR 3/31/09.
S 752 ( Durbin, D-IL), to reform the financing of Senate elections; to Rules and Administration. S4063, CR 3/31/09.
HR 1826 ( Larson, D-CT), to reform the financing of House elections; to House Administration. H4250, CR 3/31/09.  
Health Law
Floor Action  
On 3/31/09, the House passed, by a 422-3 vote, HR 1253, to require that limitations and restrictions on coverage under group health plans be timely disclosed to group health plan sponsors and timely communicated to participants and beneficiaries under such plans in a form that is easily understandable.  
Immigration Law  
Bills Introduced  
H Con Res 90 ( Frelinghuysen, R-NJ), expressing the sense of the Congress regarding the removal from the United States of aliens charged under state law with aggravated felonies; to Judiciary. H4250, CR 3/31/09.  
Floor Action  
On 3/31/09, the House passed, by voice vote, HR 1029, amended, to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act and Title 18, United States Code, and to combat the crime of alien smuggling and related activities.  
International Law
Bills Introduced
H Res 309 ( King, R-NY), expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that North Korea should immediately stop any hostile rhetoric and activity toward the Republic of Korea and engage in mutual dialogue to enhance inter-Korean relations; to Foreign Affairs. H4251, CR 3/31/09.  
Committee Action
On 3/31/09, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved S 384, to authorize appropriations for fiscal years 2010 through 2014 to provide assistance to foreign countries to promote food security to stimulate rural economies, to improve emergency response to food crises, and to amend the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961.
On 3/31/09, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved S Con Res 11, condemning all forms of anti-Semitism and reaffirming the support of Congress for the mandate of the Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism.
On 3/31/09, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee approved S Res 56, urging the Government of Moldova to ensure a fair and democratic election process for the parliamentary elections on 4/5/09.
Substance Abuse  
Bills Introduced
S 754 ( Rockefeller, D-WV), to provide for increased federal oversight of methadone treatment; to Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. S4063, CR 3/31/09.  
Floor Action
On 3/31/09, the House passed, by a 407-8 vote, HR 1259, to amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to the distribution of the drug dextromethorphan.  
Veterans Affairs  
Notices  
On 4/1/09, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced an amendment to the “Compensation, Pension, Education, and Rehabilitation Records” system, which contains information regarding applications for and beneficiaries of benefits chiefly administered by the Veterans Benefits Administration of the VA. Comments are due 5/1/09. FR 14865.

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