A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.4.2009
The Senate is in session today.
The House is in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 37 (March 3, 2009)
CQ Daily, Vol. 45, No. 35 (March 4, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 41 (March 4, 2009)
 
Children/Families
Bills Introduced
SJ Res 13 ( Vitter, R-LA), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relative to parental rights; to Judiciary. S2691, CR 3/3/09.
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 1269 ( Burton, R-IN), to amend Title 28, United States Code, to limit federal court jurisdiction over questions under the Defense of Marriage Act; to Judiciary. H2924, CR 3/3/09.
HR 1283 ( Tauscher, D-CA), to amend Title 10, United States Code, to enhance the readiness of the Armed Forces by replacing the current policy concerning homosexuality in the Armed Forces, referred to as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” with a policy of nondiscrimination on the basis of sexual orientation; to Armed Services. H2924, CR 3/3/09.
HJ Res 31 ( Jackson, D-IL), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States relating to equality of rights and reproductive rights; to Judiciary. H2925, CR 3/3/09.
Courts/Judiciary
Bills Introduced  
HR 1272 ( Hirono, D-HI), to provide for the conversion of a temporary judgeship for the district of Hawaii to a permanent judgeship; to Judiciary. H2924, CR 3/3/09.
Disability Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1255 ( Frank, D-MA), to protect the interests of each resident of intermediate care facilities for the mentally handicapped in class action lawsuits on behalf of such resident; to Judiciary. H2923, CR 3/3/09.
Elder Law
Bills Introduced
S 512 ( Martinez, R-FL), to amend Chapter 1 of Title 9, United States Code, with respect to nursing home arbitration; to Judiciary. S2691, CR 3/3/09.
Election Law
Bills Introduced
HJ Res 28 ( Jackson, D-IL), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right to vote; to Judiciary. H2925, CR 3/3/09.
HJ Res 36 ( Jackson, D-IL), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States to abolish the Electoral College and provide for the direct election of the president and vice president by the popular vote of all citizens of the United States regardless of place of residence; to Judiciary. H2925, CR 3/3/09.
Emergency Preparedness
Bills Introduced
HR 1264 ( Taylor, D-MS), to amend the National Flood Insurance Act of 1968 to provide for the national flood insurance program to make available multiperil coverage for damage resulting from windstorms or floods; to Financial Services. H2923, CR 3/3/09.
Environmental Law
Bills Introduced
HJ Res 33 ( Jackson, D-IL), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States respecting the right to a clean, safe, and sustainable environment; to Judiciary. H2925, CR 3/3/09.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1253 ( Burgess, R-TX), 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; to Energy and Commerce. H2923, CR 3/3/09.
HJ Res 30 ( Jackson, D-IL), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States regarding the right of citizens of the United States to health care of equal high quality; to Judiciary. H2925, 3/3/09.
Homelessness/Housing
Bills Introduced
HJ Res 32 ( Jackson, D-IL), proposing an amendment to the Constitution of the United States respecting the right to decent, safe, sanitary, and affordable housing; to Judiciary. H2925, CR 3/3/09.
Notices
On 3/4/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development proposed a collection of tenant data to ensure owners comply with federal statutes and regulations that (1) establish policies on who may be admitted to subsidized housing; (2) prohibit discrimination in conjunction with selection of tenants and units; and (3) specify how tenants’ incomes and rents must be compiled. Comments are due 4/3/09. FR 9423.
International Law
Bills Introduced
HR 1288 ( Weiner, D-NY), to halt Saudi support for institutions that fund, train, incite, encourage, or in any other way aid and abet terrorism; to secure full Saudi cooperation in the investigation of terrorist incidents; and to halt the issuance of visas to citizens of Saudi Arabia until the president certifies that the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia does not discriminate in the issuance of visas on the basis of religious affiliation or heritage; to Foreign Affairs. H2925, CR 3/3/09.
Intellectual Property Law
Bills Introduced
S 515 ( Leahy, D-VT), to amend Title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform; to Judiciary. S2691, remarks and text S2706, CR 3/3/09.
HR 1260 ( Conyers, D-MI), to amend Title 35, United States Code, to provide for patent reform; to Judiciary. H2923, CR 3/3/09.
Hearings
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Patent Reform in the 111 th Congress: Legislation and Recent Court Decisions.” 3/10/09, 10 am, 226 Dirksen.
Veterans Affairs
Bills Introduced
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing on pending legislation, including HR 1171, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to reauthorize the Homeless Veterans Reintegration program for fiscal years 2010 through 2014. 3/4/09, 1 pm, 340 Cannon.
 

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