A Daily Legislative Update Service of the Governmental Affairs Office
daily edition 3.2.2010
The House and Senate are in session today.

Congressional Record, Vol. 156, No. 27 (March 1, 2010)
Federal Register, Vol. 75, No. 40 (March 2, 2010)
CQ Today, Vol. 46, No. 24 (March 2, 2010)
On 3/2/10, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Department of Justice (DOJ), announced a request for public comment on a renewal of an information collection, the Arrest and Institution, Applicant, and Personal Identification Fingerprint Cards, which are used to collect information on individuals requesting background checks or security clearance, or those individuals who have been arrested for or accused of criminal activities. Comments are due 4/1/10. FR 9435.
Public Laws
On 3/1/10, the president signed S 2950 (PL 111-143), the Criminal History Background Checks Pilot Extension Act of 2009.
On 3/2/10, DOJ announced a request for public comment on several information collections, the Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act/Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 Discrimination Complaint Form, the Certification of State and Local Government Accessibility Requirements, and the Nondiscrimination on the Basis of Disability in State and Local Government Services Transition Plan and Self-Evaluation. Comments are due 5/3/10. FR 9432FR 9434.
On 3/2/10, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Health and Human Services, announced a request for public comment on a proposed information collection which is used by applicants to request that human embryonic stem cell lines be approved for use in NIH-funded research. Comments are due 4/1/10. FR 9418.
The House Natural Resources Committee will hold a hearing on the proposed settlement in the Cobell v. Salazar litigation. The lawsuit claimed that the federal government mismanaged individual Indians’ trust accounts. Under the terms of the settlement, the federal government will create a $1.4 billion Accounting/Trust Administration Fund and a $2 billion Trust Land Consolidation Fund. The settlement also creates an Indian Education Scholarship fund of up to $60 million to improve access to higher education for Indians. 3/10/10, 10 am, 1324 Longworth.
Bills Introduced
S Res 428 ( LeMieux, R-FL), expressing concern about violations of civil liberties taking place in Venezuela and commending the people of Venezuela for their steadfast support of democracy; to Foreign Relations. S857, CR 3/1/10.
Presidential Action
On 3/1/10, the president transmitted to the Senate a notice relative to the continuation of the national emergency with respect to the actions and policies of certain members of the government of Zimbabwe and other persons to undermine Zimbabwe’s democratic processes or institutions.
On 3/2/10, the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools, Department of Education, announced an invitation for applications for grants for the Reduce Alcohol Abuse Program, which provides funding to local educational agencies to develop and implement innovative and effective programs to reduce alcohol abuse in secondary schools. Applications are due 4/16/10. FR 9401.
Bills Introduced
S 3051 ( Vitter, R-LA), to suspend flood insurance rate map updates in geographic areas in which certain levees are being repaired; to Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. S857, CR 3/1/10.