A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 7.20.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.
Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 106 (July 19, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 137 (July 20, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 104 (July 20, 2010)



Appropriations
Children and Families
Civil Rights/Constitutional Law
Courts/Judiciary
Criminal Law
Disability Law
Election Law
Health Law
Immigration Law
Intellectual Property
International Law
Legal Services
Veterans Affairs
Bills Introduced  
S 3607 ( Lautenberg, D-NJ), making appropriations for the Department of Homeland Security for the fiscal year ending 9/30/11; to Appropriations. S5993, CR 7/19/10.
S 3611 ( Feinstein, D-CA), to authorize appropriations for fiscal year 2010 for intelligence and intelligence-related activities of the U.S. government, the Community Management Account, and the Central Intelligence Agency Retirement and Disability System; to Intelligence. S5993, CR 7/19/10.
S 3615 ( Johnson, D-SD), making appropriations for military construction, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and related agencies for the fiscal year ending 9/30/11; to Appropriations. S5993, CR 7/19/10.
Hearings  
The Children and Families Subcommittee, Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, will hold a hearing titled “State of the American Child: What’s Working for Connecticut’s Children.” 7/26/10, 9 am, Yale Child Study Center, 230 South Frontage Rd., Donald J. Cohen Auditorium, New Haven, CT.  
Floor Action  
On 7/19/10, the House passed, by a 373-0 vote, H Res 1219, to express support for designation of September as National Child Awareness Month.
Hearings  
The Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection Subcommittee, House Energy and Commerce Committee, will hold a hearing on pending draft legislation HR --, a discussion draft to require notice to and consent of an individual prior to the collection and disclosure of certain personal information relating to that individual. 7/22/10, 2 pm, 2322 Rayburn.
Nominations  
On 7/20/10, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved, by a 13-6 vote, the nomination of Elena Kagan, of Massachusetts, to be an Associate Justice for the United States Supreme Court.
Notices  
On 7/20/10, the Office of Violence Against Women (OVW), Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, the Semi-Annual Progress Report for Grantees from the Court Training and Improvements Program, which creates a unique opportunity for federal, state, territorial, and tribal courts or court-based programs to significantly improve court responses to sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking cases. Comments are due 8/19/10. FR 42129 .
On 7/20/10, OVW, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, the Semi-Annual Progress Report for Grantees from the Engaging Men and Youth Program, which is designed to support funding for projects that develop or enhance new or existing efforts to engage men and youth in preventing crimes of violence against women with the goal of developing mutually respectful, nonviolent relationships. Comments are due 8/19/10. FR 42128 .
On 7/20/10, OVW, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, the Semi-Annual Progress Report for Grantees from the Services to Advocate for and Respond to Youth Program, the first federal funding stream solely dedicated to direct intervention and related assistance for youth victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. Comments are due 8/19/10. FR 42126 .
On 7/20/10, OVW, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a new information collection, the Semi-Annual Progress Report for Grantees from the Tribal Sexual Assault Services Program, which will provide intervention, advocacy, accompaniment, support services, and related assistance for adult, youth, and child victims of sexual assault; family and household members of victims; and those collaterally affected by the sexual assault. Comments are due 8/19/10. FR 42127 .
On 7/20/10, OVW, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a proposed extension of a currently approved information collection, the Semi-Annual Progress Report for Technical Assistance Program, which will provide direct assistance to grantees and their subgrantees to enhance the success of local projects implemented with Violence Against Women Act grant funds. Comments are due 8/19/10. FR 42128 .
Hearings  
The Permanent Investigations Subcommittee, Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Social Security Disability Fraud: Case Studies in Federal Employees and Commercial Drivers Licenses.” The hearing will focus on the findings of a Government Accountability Office report. 7/27/10, 9 am, 342 Dirksen.
Notices  
On 7/20/10, the Federal Election Commission announced the adoption of a new pilot program for a procedure to provide a means for persons and entities to have a legal question considered by the commission earlier in both the report review process and the audit process. This pilot program becomes effective 7/20/10. FR 42088 .
Notices  
On 7/20/10, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a 7/21/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the Health Information Technology (HIT) Policy Committee to hear reports from its workgroups, including the Meaningful Use, Certification/Adoption, and Enrollment Workgroups, and the Privacy and Security Tiger Team. FR 42091.
On 7/20/10, HHS announced a 7/28/10 meeting in Washington, DC, of the HIT Standards Committee to hear reports from its workgroups, including the Clinical Operations, Clinical Quality, and Enrollment Workgroups, and the Privacy and Security Tiger Team. FR 42090.
Bills Introduced  
HR 5769 ( Mitchell, D-AZ), to amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to provide for the seizure and forfeiture of real property used or intended to be used in alien smuggling; to Judiciary. H5711, CR 7/19/10.
HR 5774 ( Moran, R-KS), to require the federal government to pay the costs incurred by a state or local government in defending a state or local immigration law that survives a constitutional challenge by the federal government in federal court; to Judiciary. H5711, CR 7/19/10.
Notices  
On 7/20/10, the Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Commerce, announced that it is clarifying its treatment of letters submitted by applicants and patentees stating that the USPTO’s patent term adjustment determination is greater than what the applicant or patentee believes is appropriate. The USPTO will no longer review these letters or issue certificates of correction on the basis of a review of these letters, but will rather place them in the file of the application or patent without further review. This clarification goes into effect on 7/20/10. FR 42079.
Floor Action  
On 7/19/10, the Senate received a message from the president transmitting a report relative to the former Liberian regime of Charles Taylor and continuing the 7/22/04 national emergency which blocks property of certain persons and prohibits the importation of certain goods from Liberia.
Notices  
On 7/20/10, the Department of Labor announced a final determination setting forth, pursuant to Executive Order 13126 (“Prohibition of Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor”), an updated list of products, by country of origin, that the Departments of Labor, State, and Homeland Security have a reasonable basis to believe might have been mined, produced, or manufactured by forced or indentured child labor. This document becomes effective immediately. FR 42164.
Notices  
On 7/20/10, the Legal Services Corporation announced an amendment to the 7/21/10 meeting of the Board of Directors. The meeting will now take place telephonically on 7/21/10 at 10:30 am. FR 42167.
Bills Introduced  
S 3609 ( Akaka, D-HI), to extend the temporary authority for performance of medical disability examinations by contract physicians for the Department of Veterans Affairs; to Veterans’ Affairs. S5993, CR 7/19/10.

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