A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 12.8.2010
The Senate and House are in session today.
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 234 - 235 (December 7, 2010 – December 8, 2010)
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 159 - 160 (December 6, 2010 – December 7, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 141 - 142 (December 7, 2010 – December 8, 2010)
Floor Action  
On 12/7/10, the House passed S. 3987, the Red Flag Program Clarification Act of 2010 , to amend the Fair Credit Reporting Act with respect to the applicability of identity theft guidelines to creditors, clearing the measure for the president. ABA President Stephen N. Zack applauded passage of the bills, which clarified that lawyers are not subject to the guidelines.
 
Bills Introduced
HR 6498 ( McCarthy, D-NY), to amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to determine the extent to which reports of suspected or known instances of child abuse or neglect involving a potential combination of jurisdictions, such as intrastate, interstate, federal- state, and state-tribal, are screened out solely on the basis of the cross-jurisdictional complications, and for other purposes; to Education and Labor. CR 12/7/10, H8089.
 
Bills Introduced
H Res 1754 ( Garrett, R-NJ), to amend the Rules of the House of Representatives to require the citation of the specific powers granted to Congress in the Constitution be included in introduced bills and joint resolutions as a basis for enacting the laws proposed by such bills and joint resolutions, including amendments and conference reports; to Rules. CR 12/7/10, H8089.
Notices
On 12/8/10, the Civil Rights Commission announced a 3/11/11 meeting in Washington, DC, to discuss the civil rights implications of eminent domain abuse. FR76396.
 
Impeachments  
On 12/8/10, the Senate voted to remove U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana from the bench after ruling him guilty of all four articles of impeachment, including charges of corruption.  
 
Notices  
On 12/8/10, the Bureau of Prisons, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a final rule, effective 3/1/11, to amend its Inmate Discipline and Special Housing Unit (SHU) regulations, and to make substantive changes to the list of prohibited acts for which disciplinary sanctions may be imposed, and alter the list of possible sanctions available to allow discipline hearing officers more flexibility in adapting the sanction to fit the seriousness of the violation. FR76263.
 
Notices
On 12/8/10, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a request for public comment on the availability on its web site of a draft notice updating HUD’s guidance for the Section 811 Supportive Housing for Persons with Disabilities Programs. Comments are due 1/18/11/. FR76482.
Presidential Action
On 12/3/10, the president issued Proclamation 8612, to declare 12/3/10 as International Day of Persons with Disabilities, and to call on the nation to observe the day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs. FR76251.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 4012 ( Kohl, D-WI), to improve the employability of older Americans. CR 12/7/10, S8599.
Notices  
On 12/8/10, HUD announced a request for public comment on the availability on its web site of a draft notice updating HUD’s guidance for the Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly Program. Comments are due 1/18/11/. FR76482.
 
Notices  
On 12/7/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA0, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced proposed Base (1% annual-chance) Flood Elevations (BFEs) and proposed BFE modifications for specified communities, both a part of the floodplain management measures that the communities are required either to adopt or to show evidence of having in effect in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Comments are due 3/7/11. FR75941.
 
Notices  
On 12/8/10, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, Data Collection Tool for Rural Health Community-Based Grant Programs, in order to enhance data collection and analysis in an effort to strengthen the value of the data collection tool. Comments are due 2/5/11. FR76473.
 
Notices  
On 12/8/10, the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Commerce, announced, effective immediately, the implementation of a new pilot program, Extended Time Period To Reply to a Notice To File Missing Parts of Nonprovisional Application, to run for 12 months from the effective date. FR76401.
 
Floor Action  
On 12/7/10, the House passed H Con Res 267, “Congratulating the Baltic nations of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania on the 20th anniversary of their declarations on the restoration of independence from the Soviet Union.’’
 
Bills Introduced
HR 6497 ( Berman, D-CA), to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children, and for other purposes; to Judiciary. CR 12/8/10, H8089.  
Floor Action
On 12/6/10, the Senate began consideration of the motion to proceed to consideration of S 3992, the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors Act (DREAM Act) to authorize the cancellation of removal and adjustment of status of certain alien students who are long-term United States residents and who entered the United States as children.
 
Notices  
On 12/8/10, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced a 12/13/10 closed meeting of the LSC Board of Directors’ Search Committee for LSC President, in Chicago, IL, to interview select candidates for the position of LSC President. FR76494.
On 12/8/10, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced a 12/15/10 telephonic meeting of the LSC’s Board of Directors’ Operations & Regulations Committee, to consider and act on strategic planning, and for other purposes. FR76494.
 
Notices  
On 12/7/10, the Office of Foreign Assets Control, Department of Treasury, announced a final rule, effective immediately, to amend the Global Terrorism Sanctions Regulations ( ‘‘ GTSR ’’ ) and the Terrorism Sanctions Regulations ( ‘‘ TSR ’’ ) to expand the scope of authorizations in each of those programs for the provision of certain legal services. FR75904.
 
Bills Introduced  
S 4011 ( Menendez, D-NJ), to establish the Western Hemisphere Drug Policy Commission; to Foreign Relations. CR 12/7/10, S8599.  
Notices  
On 12/7/10, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a request for public comment on an emergency information collection clearance request, Evaluation of Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Primary Care Behavioral Health Integration Grant Program, to assist SAMHSA in assessing whether integrated primary care services produce improvements in the physical and mental health of the SMI population receiving services from community-based behavioral health agencies. Comments are due 1/6/11. FR76006.
 
 
 

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