A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.2.2009
The House and Senate are not in session today. The Senate will reconvene 7/6/09. The House will reconvene 7/7/09.

Federal Register, Vol. 74, Nos. 124-126 (June 30-July 2, 2009)
Children and Families
On 6/30/09, the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Department of Education, announced the availability of grant funding for organizations primarily serving and representing Native Hawaiians to plan, conduct, and administer programs to prevent or reduce violence, the use, possession, and distribution of illegal drugs, and delinquency. Applications are due 7/30/09. FR 31264.
Disability Law
On 7/1/09, the Department of Education announced a request for public comment on a revision to a proposed information collection, the 2010 National Assessment of Education Progress, which is completed by school personnel to obtain a complete picture of educational progress for students identified as having a disability or English language learners. Comments are due 7/31/09. FR 31416.
Election Law
On 7/2/09, the U.S. Election Assistance Commission announced a 7/14/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to receive a briefing on the Accessible Voting Technology Initiative, review a presentation from the National Institute of Standards and Technology regarding accessibility and usability of voting systems, hear from members of the public regarding technological solutions for voting systems to ensure that voters with disabilities can vote in a private and independent manner, and other activities. FR 31722.
Health Law
On 6/30/09, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a 7/22/09 meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality Subcommittee on Quality Measures for Children’s Healthcare in Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Programs in Washington, DC, to hear an update on pertinent AHRQ activities with respect to pediatric health care. FR 31286.
On 6/30/09, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a 7/21/09-7/22/09 meeting of the Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee in Washington, DC, to discuss and review recommendations for the next edition of the America’s Children and the Environment Report, and to discuss environmental health disparities, chemical management and air pollution. FR 31272.
On 7/1/09, HHS announced several meetings of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee in Washington, DC. The meetings will be held 7/14/09-7/15/09, 7/16/09, and 7/21/09. FR 31443.
On 7/2/09, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, HHS, announced a proposal to remove Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) from the definition of “communicable disease of public health significance,” as well as to remove HIV from the scope of examinations in its regulations. Aliens infected with a “communicable disease of public health significance” are inadmissible into the United States under the Immigration and Nationality Act. Comments are due 8/17/09. FR 31798.
On 6/30/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Housing Choice Voucher Program, which is used by public housing authorities to maintain records on participant eligibility, unit acceptability, lease and housing assistance payments, and budget and payment documentation of very low-income families hoping to lease or purchase housing. Comments are due 7/30/09. FR 31290.
On 7/1/09, HUD announced the availability on its website of the application information, submission deadlines, funding criteria, and other requirements for a fiscal year 2009 program that assists Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian institutions of higher education to expand their role and effectiveness in addressing community development needs in their localities, including neighborhood revitalization, housing, and economic development, principally for persons of low- and moderate-income. Application and eligibility information is available at http://www.hud.gov/offices/adm/grants/fundsavail.cfm. FR 31463.
Indian Law
On 6/30/09, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Department of the Interior, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Tribal Reassumption of Jurisdiction over Child Custody Proceedings. Comments are due 7/30/09. FR 31304.
Intellectual Property
On 7/1/09, the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced revisions to the rules of practice in the Code of Federal Regulations to conform to certain amendments made to the regulations under the Patent Cooperation Treaty. The changes become effective on 7/1/09. FR 31372.
International Law
On 6/30/09, the State Department announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the Request for Entry into Children’s Passport Issuance Alert Program (CPIAP), which collects information to support entry of a minor’s name into CPIAP, providing a mechanism for parents or other persons with legal custody of a minor to obtain information regarding whether the department has received a passport application for the minor, and preventing international abduction or other travel of a minor without the consent of the parent or legal guardian. Comments are due 7/30/09. FR 31336.
On 7/1/09, the State Department announced a 7/20/09 meeting of the Advisory Committee on International Economic Policy in Washington, DC, to discuss U.S.-India economic relations and subcommittee reports and discussions led by the Economic Empowerment in Strategic Regions Subcommittee, the Economic Sanctions Subcommittee, and the Investment Subcommittee. FR 31477.
On 7/2/09, the deputy secretary of State for management and resources, State Department, announced that property owned by foreign governments and used to house staff of permanent missions to the United Nations or the Organization of American States or of consular posts as a benefit for purposes of the Foreign Missions Act is deemed exempt from real property taxes, preempting any state or local laws to the contrary. FR 31788.
On 7/2/09, the deputy secretary of State, State Department, determined that the organization known as Kata’ib Hizballah (and its aliases) has committed, or poses a significant risk of committing, acts of terrorism that threaten the security of U.S. nationals or the national security, foreign policy, or economy of the United States, and designated the group as a foreign terrorism organization. FR 31788.
National Security
On 6/30/09, the Policy Directorate/Office of Strategic Plans, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the Quadrennial Homeland Security Report, which is used to garner information from study groups for creation of an online platform for submitting best ideas, refining those ideas in open discussion, and rating and tagging the most popular ideas and overarching themes. Comments are due 7/30/09. FR 31286.
On 7/1/09, DHS announced a request for public comment on several information collections concerning security and anti-terrorism standards and strategies for chemical facilities. Comments are due 8/31/09. FR 31458.
Tort and Insurance Law
On 7/2/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS, announced a request for public comment on the proposed base flood elevations (BFEs) and proposed BFE modifications for listed communities. BFEs and modified BFEs are part of the floodplain management measures that a community is required to have in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. Comments are due 9/30/09. FR 31649.
Veterans’ Affairs
On 7/2/09, the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Environmental Hazards, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), announced a 7/20/09-7/21/09 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss medical and scientific papers concerning the health effects of exposure to ionizing radiation, and to potentially make recommendations to the VA secretary concerning the relationship of certain diseases to exposure to ionizing radiation. FR 31795.