A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 12.14.2010
The Senate and House are in session today.
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 239 (December 14, 2010)
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 164 (December 13, 2010)
Presidential Action
On 12/13/10, the president signed S 3307 (P.L.111-296), the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, to improve children’s access to nutritious meals, enhance the quality of meals children eat both in and out of school and in child care settings, implement new school food safety guidelines and, for the first time, establish nutrition standards for all foods sold in schools.
 
Floor Action  
On 12/13/10, the Senate passed HR 628, to establish a pilot program in certain United States district courts to encourage enhancement of expertise in patent cases among district judges.
 
Notices  
On 12/14/10, the Election Assistance Commission announced a 1/13/11 and 1/14/11 meeting of the Technical Guidelines Development Committee in Gaithersburg, MD, to discuss UOCAVA (Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act), auditability, usability and accessibility issues. FR77858.
 
Notices  
On 12/14/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced final Base Flood Elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs for specified communities, which are the basis for the floodplain management measures that each community is required either to adopt or to show evidence of being already in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. FR77762.
 
Notices
On 12/14/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program: Annual Performance Reporting Requirements and Competitive/Renewal Grant Budget Summary Forms, to provide HUD with vital information to assess program evaluation and measure performance outcomes for the Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) program. Comments are due 12/28/10. FR77893.
 
Notices
On 12/14/10, the Department of State announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Electronic Medical Examination for Immigrant or Refugee Applicant, required for each applicant to undergo prior to the issuance of an immigrant visa in order to determine an alien’s eligibility for such a visa. Comments are due 2/11/11. FR77936.
On 12/14/10, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a request for public comment on several new information collections: EVerify Self Check Program, used to determine that a person’s stated eligibility to work is correct and accurate; Affidavit of Support, to determine if at the time of application into the United States the applicant is likely to become a public charge; and e-Allegations Submission, to provide a means for concerned members of the trade community to confidentially report violations to Customs Border Protection (CBP). Comments are due 1/13/11 – 1/14/11. FR77891.
 
Presidential Action  
On 12/14/10, the president issued a proclamation to declare 12/10/10 as Human Rights Day; 12/15/10, as Bill of Rights Day; and the week beginning 12/10/10, as Human Rights Week, and to call upon the nation to mark the observances with appropriate ceremonies and activities. FR78149.
 
 
Notices  
On 12/14/10, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, Gulf Worker Study: Gulf Long-Term Follow-Up Study for Oil Spill Clean-Up Workers and Volunteers, to investigate potential short- and long-term health effects associated with oil spill clean-up activities and exposures surrounding the Deepwater Horizon disaster; and to create a resource for additional collaborative research on focused hypotheses or subgroups. Comments are due 1/13/11. FR77880.
 
Bills Introduced
 
HR 6518 ( Rush, D-IL) to direct the secretary of Transportation to study the feasibility of more widespread use of in-vehicle technology to prevent alcohol-impaired driving, to require a federal motor vehicle safety standard related to rollover prevention and crash mitigation, and for other purposes; to Energy and Commerce. CR 12/13/10, H8291.
 
Floor Action
On 12/13/10, the Senate passed S 3447, the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act , to amend Title 38, United States Code, to improve educational assistance for veterans who served in the Armed Forces after 9/11/01.
 
 
 

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