A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 10.27.2009
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 155, No. 156 (October 26, 2009)
Federal Register, Vol. 74, No. 206 (October 27, 2009)
CQ, Vol. 45, No. 155 (October 27, 2009)

Children and Families
On 10/27/09, the Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection, the April 2010 Current Population Survey Supplement on Child Support, which will be used to help policymakers determine to what extent individuals on welfare would be removed from the welfare rolls as a result of more stringent child support enforcement efforts. Comments are due 11/27/09. FR 55239.
Criminal Law
Floor Action  
On 10/26/09, the House passed H Res 817, to support the goals and ideals of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month and to express the sense of the House of Representatives that Congress should continue to raise awareness about domestic violence in the United States and its devastating effects on families and communities, and about support programs designed to end domestic violence.
Health Law
Bills Introduced
HR 3930 ( Sestak, D-PA), to extend for six months the maximum COBRA continuation coverage period for individuals who were involuntarily terminated between 4/1/09 and 12/31/09, and to amend the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 to extend the eligibility period and maximum assistance period for COBRA premium assistance under such act; to Education and Labor. H11790, CR 10/26/09.
Bills Introduced  
HR 3929 ( Melancon, D-LA), to provide an extension of the low-income housing credit placed-in-service data requirement for certain disaster areas; to Ways and Means. H11790, CR 10/26/09.
Indian Law
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on HR 3742 and HR 3697, to amend the Act of June 18, 1934, to reaffirm the authority of the secretary of the Interior to take land into trust for Indian tribes. 11/4/09, 10 am, 1324 Longworth.
On 10/27/09, the Department of Housing and Urban Development announced a funding decision made under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Native American Housing Block Grant (NAHBG) Program, which provides grants to Indian tribes or tribally designated housing entities authorized by one or more tribes pursuant to the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996. FR 55250.
Intellectual Property
On 10/27/09, the Copyright Office, Library of Congress, announced an interim rule extending the existing classes of works with respect to which the prohibition against circumvention of technological measures that effectively control access to copyrighted works shall not apply to persons who engage in noninfringing uses. This interim rule becomes effective 10/28/09. FR 55138.
On 10/27/09, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Department of Commerce, announced the Legal Framework for Electronic Filing System, which provides guidance on the background statutes, regulations and policies that support the Electronic Filing System Web project. FR 55200.
On 10/27/09, USPTO, Department of Commerce, announced a request for public comment on the currently developing Patents Ombudsman Pilot Program, which is intended to provide patent applicants, attorneys, and agents with assistance for application-specific issues including prosecution advancement concerns. Comments are due 11/27/09. FR 55212.
International Law
Bills Introduced
S Res 322 ( Levin, D-MI), expressing the sense of the Senate on religious minorities in Iraq; to Foreign Relations. S10735, CR 10/26/09.
Committee Action  
The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee will mark up a draft bill that would expand sanctions on Iran and allow Americans to divest from energy firms doing business with Iran. 10/29/09, 2:30 pm, 538 Dirksen.
On 10/27/09, the deputy secretary of State announced that the 2004 re-designation of al-Qa’ida in the Islamic Maghreb as a foreign terrorist organization shall be maintained, stating that the circumstances surrounding the 2004 re-designation have not changed in such a manner as to warrant revocation of the designation, and that the national security of the United States does not warrant a revocation of the designation. FR 55278.
Legal Services
On 10/27/09, the Commercial and Administrative Law Subcommittee, House Judiciary Committee, held a hearing on the Legal Services Corporation. ABA Immediate Past President H. Thomas Wells Jr. testified before the subcommittee on behalf of the ABA.
On 10/27/09, the Legal Services Corporation announced a 10/30/09-10/31/09 meeting of the Board of Directors and the board’s six committees. The 10/30/09 meeting will be held in Camden, NJ; the call-in number is 1-800-247-9979, and the passcode is 34833626. The 10/31/09 meeting will be held in Philadelphia, PA; the call-in number is 1-800-247-9979, and the passcode is 34833626. FR 55267.
National Security
The Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee and the Intelligence Community Management Subcommittee, House Select Intelligence Committee, held a joint hearing titled “Congressional Notifications: Intelligence Community Policies, Practices, and Procedures.” 10/27/09, 10 am, HVC-304 Capitol.
Tort and Insurance Law
Bills Introduced  
HR 3925 ( McDermott, D-WA), to amend the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 to preclude preemption of a state cause of action relating to a denial of a claim for benefits under a health care plan; to Education and Labor. H11790, CR 10/26/09.  
On 10/27/09, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), announced a final rule identifying communities, where the sale of flood insurance has been authorized under the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), that are scheduled for suspension on the effective dates listed within the rule because of noncompliance with the floodplain management requirements of the program. FR 55151.
On 10/27/09, FEMA, DHS, announced an interim rule listing communities, where modification of the base flood elevations (BFEs) is appropriate because of new scientific or technical data. New flood insurance premium rates will be calculated form the modified BFEs for new buildings and their contents. FR 55154
On 10/27/09, FEMA, DHS, announced a request for public comment on proposed BFEs and BFE modifications for listed communities. The BFEs and modified BFEs are a part of the floodplain management measures that the community is required to adopt in order to qualify or remain qualified for participation in NFIP. Comments are due 1/25/10. FR 55168.
Veterans Affairs  
Committee Action  
The House Veterans Affairs Committee will mark up HR 1168, to amend Chapter 42 of Title 38, United States Code, to provide certain veterans with employment training assistance; draft legislation to amend Title 38, United States Code, to make certain improvements in the services provided for homeless veterans under the laws administered by the secretary of Veterans Affairs; and draft legislation to amend Title 38, United States Code, and the Servicemember Civil Relief Act, to make certain improvements in the laws administered by the secretary of Veterans Affairs. 10/28/09, 10 am, 334 Cannon.