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The Senate is expected to begin consideration of gun violence legislation the week of April 8 after members return from their spring recess, but the package will not include a proposed ban on assault weapons.
The U.S. legal profession faces significant challenges in providing legal services in India, and addressing those challenges is one of the steps necessary for expanding the long-term trade and investment relationship between the two countries, the ABA told Congress last month.
Sens. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) introduced legislation March 20 addressing the problem of the increasing federal prison population and spiraling prison costs. S. 619, knows as the Justice Safety Valve Act of 2013, would “combat injustice in federal sentencing and the waste of taxpayer dollars by allowing judges appropriate discretion in sentencing,” Leahy said in a statement accompanying introduction of the bill.
ABA President Laurel G. Bellows urged a House Appropriations subcommittee March 21 to provide $440 million in fiscal year 2014 for the Legal Services Corporation (LSC), emphasizing that the increasing number of people eligible for legal aid makes adequate funding for LSC more important than ever.
Representatives of the federal judiciary warned Congress last month that the sequestration cuts in the federal judiciary’s budget will have a “devastating effect on federal court operations nationwide.”
The ABA expressed support April 1 for H.R. 1173, legislation to provide meaningful access to patient-centered advance care planning.