A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 10.6.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 155, Nos. 141-142 (October 5, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 192 (October 6, 2009)
CQ Today, Vol. 45, No. 142 (October 6, 2009)

 
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 448, 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. 10/8/09, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Courts/Judiciary  
Nominations  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will vote on the nominations of Jacqueline H. Nguyen and Dolly M. Gee, of California, to be U.S. District Judges for the Central District of California; and Richard Seeborg and Edward Milton Chen, of California, to be U.S. District Judges for the Northern District of California. 10/8/09, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Criminal Law  
Bills Introduced  
S 1749 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to amend Title 18, United States Code, to prohibit the possession or use of cell phones and similar wireless devices by federal prisoners; to Judiciary. S10110, CR 10/5/09.
Floor Action  
On 10/5/09, the Senate passed S 251, to amend the Communications Act of 1934 to permit targeted interference with mobile radio services within prison facilities.
On 10/5/09, the Senate passed S Res 302, raising awareness for the need for crime prevention in communities across the country and expressing support for designation of 10/1/09 through 10/7/09 as “Celebrate Safe Communities Week” and October as “Crime Prevention Month.”  
Disability Law  
Presidential Action
On 9/30/09, the president issued a proclamation declaring October 2009 “National Disability Employment Awareness Month,” and calling on all Americans to celebrate the workplace and community contributions of individuals with disabilities and to promote the employment of individuals with disabilities to create a better, more inclusive America in which every person is rightly recognized for his or her abilities and accomplishments.  
Notices  
On 10/6/09, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on proposed revisions to the Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) Transformation Reporting System. These revisions will enable CMHS to capture a standardized set of performance indicators using a uniform reporting method. Comments are due 12/7/09. FR 51280.
On 10/6/09, SAMHSA, HHS, announced a request for public comment on a proposed project, the Protection and Advocacy for Individuals with Mental Illness Final Rule, which will carry out regulations authorizing funds to support activities on behalf of adult individuals with significant mental illnesses and children and youth with emotional impairment. Comments are due 12/7/09. FR 51282.  
Election Law  
Bills Introduced  
S 1751 ( Johanns, R-NE), to prohibit the federal government from awarding contracts, grants, or other agreements to, providing any other federal funds to, or engaging in activities that promote the Association of Community Organization for Reform Now or any other entity which has been indicted for or convicted of violations of laws governing election administration or campaign financing; read for the first time. S10110, CR 10/5/09.  
Health Law
Notices  
On 10/6/09, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (HIT), HHS, announced a 10/20/09 meeting in Washington, DC, of a federal advisory committee of the Office of the National Coordinator for HIT to hear testimony from invited experts and stakeholders in the area of electronic exchange of laboratory information. FR 51278.  
On 10/6/09, the National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a 10/30/09 meeting in Bethesda, MD, of the Director’s Council of Public Representatives to discuss emerging issues of public importance in biomedical and behavioral research. FR 51290.  
Housing and Homelessness  
Notices  
On 10/6/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced the availability on its website of the applicant information, deadline information, and other requirements for the fiscal year 2009 Family Unification Program. More information on the program can be found at http://apply07.grants.gov/apply/forms_apps_idx.html. FR 51304.  
Immigration Law  
Notices  
On 10/6/09, the Health Resources and Services Administration, HHS, announced an 11/2/09-11/3/09 meeting in Rockville, MD, of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health to discuss services and issues related to the health of migrant and seasonal farmworkers and their families and to formulate recommendations for the HHS secretary. FR 51291.  
On 10/6/09, the State Department announced a final rule establishing the requirement that consular officers must ensure that R-1 visa applicants (aliens in religious occupations) have obtained an approved U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) petition from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) before issuance of a visa. This final rule becomes effective 10/6/09. FR 51236.
On 10/6/09, the State Department announced a public notice providing information on applying for the DV-2011 Program, which provides a maximum of 55,000 permanent residence Diversity Visas each fiscal year to be made available to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. More information can be found at http://www.dvlottery.state.gov. FR 51354.
On 10/6/09, USCIS, DHS, announced a request for public comment on five information collections related to refugee/asylee relative petitions, immigration pilot programs, applications for waiver of excludability, interagency witness and informant records, and nonimmigrant petitions based on Blanket L Petition. Comments are due 11/5/09. FR 51298.  
Intellectual Property  
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 379, to provide fair compensation to artists for use of their sound recordings. 10/8/09, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.  
International Law  
Hearings  
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing titled “Confronting Al-Qaeda: Understanding the Threat In Afghanistan and Beyond.” 10/7/09, 2:30 pm, 419 Dirksen.
Committee Action  
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 42, to establish a fact-finding commission to investigate and determine facts and circumstances surrounding the relocation, internment, and deportation to Axis countries of Latin Americans of Japanese descent from December 1941 through February 1948, to examine the impact of those actions by the United States, and to recommend appropriate remedies; and HR 1425, to establish commissions to review the facts and circumstances surrounding injustices suffered by European Americans, European Latin Americans, and Jewish refugees during World War II. 10/7/09, 1:30 pm, 2141 Rayburn.  
National Security  
Committee Action  
The Senate Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including S 1692, to extend the sunset of certain provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act and the authority to issue national security letters. 10/8/09, 9:30 am, 226 Dirksen.  
Tort and Insurance Law  
Committee Action  
The House Judiciary Committee will mark up several bills, including HR 1478, to amend Chapter 171 of Title 28, United States Code, to allow members of the Armed Forces to sue the United States for damages for certain injuries caused by improper medical care. 10/7/09, 1:30 pm, 2141 Rayburn.  
Veterans Affairs  
Bills Introduced  
S 1753 ( Sanders, I-VT), to amend Title 38, United States Code, to increase assistance for disabled veterans who are temporarily residing in housing owned by family members; to Veterans’ Affairs. S10110, CR 10/5/09.
Committee Action
The Economic Opportunity Subcommittee, House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will mark up several bills, including HR 2696, to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to provide for the enforcement of rights afforded under that act; HR 1182, to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to guarantee the equity of spouses of military personnel with regard to matters of residency; HR 2614, to amend Title 38, United States Code, to reauthorize the Veterans’ Advisory Committee on Education; and HR 2874, to amend the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act to improve the equitable relief available for servicemembers called to active duty. 10/8/09, 1 pm, 334 Cannon.

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