A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.24.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 44 (March 23, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 56 (March 24, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 40 (March 24, 2010)
Floor Action  
On 3/23/10, the Senate passed S Res 467, to authorize representation by the Senate Legal Counsel in the case of Sollars v. Reid, et. al..
Notices  
On 3/24/10, the Department of Justice (DOJ) announced a final rule amending Civil Directive 14-95, which sets forth the redelegation of authority by the assistant attorney general of the Civil Division to branch directors, heads of offices, and U.S. attorneys. The new rule redelegates the authority of the assistant attorney general for the Civil Division to issue civil investigative demands in monitored and delegated cases to U.S. attorneys, with a notice and reporting requirement, and also eliminates certain differences between the authorities of branch directors and U.S. attorneys to file, close, or compromise Civil Division cases, to revise the documentation requirements in cases delegated to the latter, and to make housekeeping revisions. This final rule becomes effective 3/24/10, and became applicable 3/8/10. FR 14070 .  
Notices  
On 3/24/10, the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the COPS Rural Law Enforcement National Training Assessment. Comments are due 5/24/10. FR 14183 .  
Notices
On 3/24/10, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced a request for public comment on a revision to the National Outcome Measures for Consumers Receiving Mental Health Services, which identify categories and associated grant- or community-level indicators to assess performance of grant programs engaged in infrastructure development, prevention, and mental health promotion activities. Comments are due 4/23/10. FR 14161 .  
Bills Introduced
HR 4918 ( Tanner, D-TN), to require that states carry out congressional redistricting in accordance with a process under which members of the public are informed of redistricting proposals and have the opportunity to participate in the development of such proposals prior to their adoption; to Judiciary. H2261, CR 3/23/10.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3152 ( DeMint, R-SC), to repeal the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; placed on calendar. S1873, CR 3/23/10.
HR 4918 ( Schauer, D-MI), to amend Part D of Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to prohibit mid-year changes in the formularies of Medicare Part D plans; to Energy and Commerce. H2261, CR 3/23/10.  
Bills Introduced  
H Res 1208 ( Smith, D-WA), supporting the goals of World Intellectual Property Day; to Judiciary. H2261, CR 3/23/10.  
Bills Introduced  
S 3155 ( Gillibrand, D-NY), to require reporting on certain information and communications technologies of foreign countries, and to develop action plans to improve the capacity of certain countries to combat cybercrime; to Foreign Relations. S1873, CR 3/23/10.
S 3156 ( Brownback, R-KS), to develop a strategy for assisting stateless children from North Korea; to Foreign Relations. H1873, CR 3/23/10.  
Notices  
On 3/24/10, the National Institutes of Health, HHS, announced a 5/5/10 meeting in Rockville, MD, of the National Advisory Council on Drug Abuse to hear announcements and reports of administrative, legislative, and program developments in the drug abuse field. FR 14176 .  
Notices  
On 3/24/10, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Department of Homeland Security, announced a final rule determining base flood elevations (BFEs) and modified BFEs for listed communities. The BFEs and modified BFEs are the basis for the floodplain management measures that each community is required to adopt in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in the National Flood Insurance Program. FR 14091 .
On 3/24/10, the Office of Justice Programs, DOJ, announced a request for public comment on a submitted information collection, the International Terrorism Victim Compensation Program Application, which is completed by U.S. nationals and U.S. government employees who become victims of acts of international terrorism that occur outside the United States. Comments are due 4/23/10. FR 14184 .  
Floor Action  
On 3/23/10, the House passed, by a 416-4 vote, HR 3976, to extend certain expiring provisions providing enhanced protections for servicemembers relating to mortgages and mortgage foreclosure.

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