Tag Archives: Law

EPA Clean Power Plan Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions; Report Released on Recommendations for Chemical Facility Safety

Regulatory Activity Greenhouse Gas The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Clean Power Plan” to reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from existing power plants will fundamentally shift the nation’s energy economy for generations to come. Broadly speaking, the proposal would require state governments to implement plans to reduce carbon dioxide emissions (CO2) from existing power plants by … Continue Reading

FCC April 23 Open Meeting

Legislative Activity This Week’s Hearings And Meetings: Thursday, May 1: The House Commerce Subcommittee on Health will hold a hearing titled “Telehealth to Digital Medicine: How 21st Century Technology Can Benefit Patients.” Thursday, May 1: The Senate Judiciary Committee is scheduled to hold a markup of the Patents Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013 (S. … Continue Reading

NIST to Hold Privacy Engineering Workshop April 9 and 10

Legislative Branch Activity Upcoming Hearings: Tuesday, April 8: The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Homeland Security will hold a hearing on cybersecurity programs in the FY 2015 appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The hearing will feature three witnesses from DHS’s National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD) including Suzanne Spaulding, Undersecretary of Homeland Security; … Continue Reading

DATA Act Of 2014 Introduced; Legislation Introduced On Internet Domain Name Responsibilities

Legislative Activity DATA Act Of 2014 Introduced Last Friday, April 4, Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) introduced the bipartisan DATA Act of 2014 (H.R. 4400). The legislation would require commercial entities that own or possess consumers’ personal information to implement information security policies and procedures in compliance with Federal Trade Commission … Continue Reading

Congress And FCC Consider Joint Sales Agreements And Retransmission Consent

Legislative Activity Congress And FCC Consider Joint Sales Agreements And Retransmission Consent Last Thursday, March 6, Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), chairman of the House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, released the first discussion draft of legislation to reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), which contains provisions set to expire on December 31, 2014. … Continue Reading

Net Neutrality Legislation Introduced; Senator Schumer Introduces Quiet Act

Legislative Activity Net Neutrality Legislation Introduced Last Monday, February 3, Senator Ed Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) introduced the Open Internet Preservation Act of 2014 (S. 1981 and H.R. 3982). The legislation would restore the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) “net neutrality” rules, which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia … Continue Reading

Consideration of the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (also known as the Farm Bill)

The Senate will convene today, Monday, February 3, at 2:00 pm. After any leader remarks, the Senate will resume consideration of the conference report to accompany H.R. 2642, the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013 (also known as the farm bill). Time will be equally divided and controlled until 5:30 pm, when … Continue Reading

FCC Holds January Open Meeting

Legislative Activity Senators Introduce Data Breach Legislation Last Thursday, January 30, four Democratic senators introduced the Data Security and Breach Notification Act of 2014, which would require the Federal Trade Commission to issue data security standards for companies that hold consumers’ personal and financial information. The bill also would implement requirements for the prompt notification … Continue Reading

Verizon v. FCC: What Happened, Why It’s Important, and What Comes Next

In Verizon v. FCC, a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia overturned the Federal Communications Commission’s (“Commission” or “FCC”) anti-discrimination and anti-blocking provisions of the Open Internet regime.  The panel vacated each measure as “per se common carrier obligations” impermissibly imposed on providers of broadband Internet service, which … Continue Reading

Appropriations Leaders To Introduce their $1.012 Trillion FY 2014 Appropriations Omnibus Bill

LEGISLATIVE ACTIVITY Omnibus On Track For Votes This Week Appropriations leaders intend to introduce their $1.012 trillion FY 2014 appropriations omnibus bill today after working through the weekend in an effort to resolve the final policy differences in the Labor-HHS-Education, Financial Services, and Interior-Environment bills. The bill is expected to be sent to the President … Continue Reading

House Commerce Committee Announces Process For Communications Act Update

Legislative Activity House Commerce Committee Announces Process For Communications Act Update Last Tuesday, December 3, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s top two leaders on communications and technology issues announced the committee will begin a comprehensive process to update the Communications Act of 1934 between 2014 and 2015. Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Subcommittee on … Continue Reading

Swaps Push Out and Fiduciary Duty Bills Likely To Get Vote; Anti Laundering Bills Introduced; Crowdfunding Proposals & New Liquidity Rules

Legislative Activity Swaps Push Out and Fiduciary Duty Bills Likely To Get A House Vote This Week Two important bills are expected to be  voted on by the House this week. The first is the commonly known “swaps push out” bill or H.R. 992. The House Financial Services Committee approved the bill in May and … Continue Reading

Nevada Files Petition to Rehear Yucca Mountain Decision & State Department Report on U.N. Climate Change

Legislative and Legal Activity Nevada Files Petition To Rehear Yucca Mountain Decision The State of Nevada filed a petition to rehear en banc In re: Aiken County, et. al., v. Federal Regulatory Commission in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The petition responds to a writ of mandamus issued on August 13 by a … Continue Reading

Hearings Examining Ways to Improve Education Research

Legislative Activity Reauthorization Legislation On Tuesday, September 10, the House Education and the Workforce Committee held its first hearing this Congress to examine opportunities to improve education research and the Institute of Education Sciences (IES), and committed to move forward with the reauthorization of the Education Sciences Reform Act (ESRA), which created IES in 2002. … Continue Reading

Retransmission Consent and Television Blackouts

Legislative Activity Retransmission Consent and Television Blackouts Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-CA) circulated draft legislation entitled the Video CHOICE (Consumers Have Options in Choosing Entertainment) Act, which intends “to eliminate television blackouts caused by retransmission consent disputes,” among other policy goals. Permanent Extension of Internet Tax Freedom Act Introduced House Judiciary Committee Chairman Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced … Continue Reading

FCC Process Reform Legislation; Incentive Auction Hearing

Legislative and Regulatory Activity FCC Process Reform Legislation In less than 10 minutes, the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology favorably reported the committee prints for the “FCC Process Reform Act of 2013” and “FCC Consolidated Reporting Act of 2013,” each by voice vote. Perhaps more noteworthy, however, Chairman Greg Walden … Continue Reading

Student Loan Rates Increase, Veterans Educational Assistance is Extended & the Student Success Act Passes

Legislative Activity Student Loan Interest Rates A bipartisan group of senators, led Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL), announced another agreement on student loan interest rates last week. The deal, which represents a new scheme that shifts to market-driven variable interest rates, was announced after Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) ultimately agreed to support it. According to reports, … Continue Reading

Announcing Housing Finance Reform Bill, FHA Reform Bill and Bill to Recreate Glass-Steagall Act Conditions

Legislative Activity House Financial Services Committee Members Announce Bill on Housing Finance Reform House Financial Services Committee Chairman Jeb Hensarling (R-TX) and Committee Members Scott Garrett (R-NJ), Randy Neugebauer (R-TX), and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced their plans to introduce the “Protecting American Taxpayers and Homeowners Act” or PATH Act to reform housing finance. Highlights … Continue Reading

Privacy; Spectrum Sharing; Spectrum Hearing; Disability Access; Contraband Wireless Devices in Jails

Legislative and Regulatory Activity Privacy The World Wide Consortium (W3C), which has led the multistakeholder effort to establish a universal Do Not Track (DNT) standard, will reach its last call deadline next Monday, July 1. In an email to members of the working group last week, W3C co-chairs Peter Swire and Matthias Schunter pledged to … Continue Reading

Senate Works on Federally Subsidized Student Loans as House Continues to Overhaul No Child Left Behind

Legislative Activity Student Loan Reform Senators continue to work on a bipartisan deal to address federally subsidized student loan interest rates, which expire July 1. The long-term deal, which is expected to (1) peg the rates to the 10-year Treasury bill, (2) include a consolidated rate cap – something Democrats have called “non-negotiable,” and (3) … Continue Reading

Senate Initiates Debate on Immigration Reform Act; House Gang of Seven Continues to Draft Bipartisan Immigration Reform Bill

Legislative Activity Senate The Senate initiated its debate on S. 744, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act last week. Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) invoked cloture on a motion to proceed and began accepting amendments to the bill on Tuesday, June 11. Last Wednesday, June 12 the process got bogged down with … Continue Reading

“Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act”

Legislative Activity Franks Abortion Bill The House is scheduled to take up H.R. 1797, the “Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act” on Tuesday, June 18, that would ban nearly all abortions after the twentieth week of pregnancy. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), was approved by a vote of 20-12 by the House Judiciary … Continue Reading

House and Senate to Debate NDAA Amendments; Defense Appropriations up for House Debate; Administration Debating Next Steps in Syria

Legislative Branch Activity National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) Over the course of two days last week, the House debated over 150 amendments to its FY 2014 NDAA bill (H.R. 1960). Notably, the House approved by 305-121 an amendment to transfer all combat operations to Afghans by the end of this year and withdraw all U.S. … Continue Reading