A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
The Senate is in session today.
The House is not in session today, but is scheduled to reconvene on 11/19/08.
Federal Register, Vol. 73, No. 219-222 (November 12-17, 2008)
CQ Daily, Vol. 44, No. 139 (November 17, 2008)
The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing titled “Midnight Rulemaking: Shedding Some Light.” 11/18/08, 11 am, 2237 Rayburn.
The Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, will hold a hearing on HR 6858, to make amendments to the Congressional Review Act. 11/18/08, 2 pm, 2237 Rayburn.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing titled “Helping Families Save Their Homes: The Role of Bankruptcy Law.” 11/19/08, 10 am, 216 Hart.
On 11/13/08, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced that certain programs within the agency will administratively impose a matching requirement on grants awarded under the programs. FR 67182.
On 11/17/08, the ACF, HHS, announced a solicitation for comments on a proposed information collection on foster care and adoption laws and judicial processes, in order to develop and implement a plan for system improvement. Comments are due 1/12/09. FR 67872.
On 11/17/08, the Wage and Hour Division, Department of Labor, announced final regulations, effective 1/16/09, implementing the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993, including new military family leave entitlements. FR 67934.
The Senate Finance Committee will hold a hearing titled “Healthcare Reform: An Economic Perspective.” 11/19/08, 10 am, 215 Dirksen.
On 11/13/08, the Customs and Border Protection, Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a final rule, effective 1/12/09, that requires all nonimmigrant aliens traveling to the United States under the Visa Waiver Program to obtain an approved travel authorization. FR 67354.
On 11/12/08, the president declared 11/9/08 as World Freedom Day, reaffirming the dedication of the people of the United States to freedom and democracy.
On 11/14/08, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) announced its intention to make FY 2009 Competitive Grant Awards, beginning 1/1/09. Comments are due 12/15/08. FR 67550.
On 11/14/08, the LSC announced a meeting of the Board of Directors on 11/20/08 at 2 pm, Washington, DC. FR 67554.
On 11/17/08, the LSC announced a final rule, effective 12/31/08, revising its regulation on procedures for disclosure of information under the Freedom of Information Act. FR 67791.
The Senate Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing related to the legal analysis and advice that the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel gave the Bush administration concerning terrorism policies, including detention and interrogation policies. 11/18/08, 10 am, 216 Hart.
Intellectual Property Law
On 11/17/08, the US Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce, announced a final rule, effective 12/17/08, that provides for an annual practitioner maintenance fee for those recognized to practice before the office in patent cases. FR 67750.
On 11/14/08, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, DHS, announced finalized modified base flood elevations used to calculate flood insurance premium rates for new buildings and their contents. FR 67416.