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House Republicans disagree with the Constitution over Obama's clemency powers

House Republicans all but formally announced on Tuesday that they don't think this president has the rights assigned by the Constitution to the president of the United States. Nineteen members of the House Judiciary Committee sent aShow More Summary

Republicans Urge Obama Administration To Crack Down On Sanctuary Cities

2 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Republicans accused the Obama administration on Tuesday of putting Americans at risk by allowing localities to opt out of enforcing federal immigration laws. The House Judiciary Committee hosted Homeland Security Secretary...Show More Summary

Lawmakers Discuss Puerto Rico Debt Crisis, Reach No Consensus

3 weeks agoNews : Huffington Post

WASHINGTON -- Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee made little headway Wednesday when discussing possible solutions to the $73 billion debt crisis facing over 3 million American citizens in Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico's financial...Show More Summary

CBM Amendment To The Innovation Act Defeated In House Judiciary Committee

Efforts to reform patent laws, over concern about so-called patent trolls and other issues, have been opportunities for effort to extend the Covered Business Method (CBM) patents transitional program. This is also true with the recent...Show More Summary

Catching-Up On House Judiciary Committee’s Revised Innovation Act

Recently the House Judiciary Committee voted 24-8 to approve a revised version of the Innovation Act.

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“The fact of the matter is we have a Voting Rights Act; it is very strong.” –Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chair of House Judiciary Committee, explaining his opposition to an updated Voting Rights Act. (h/t Zack Roth) … Continue readi...

Tax Roundup, 6/18/15: Bill protecting multi-state employees advances. Also: crowdfunding taxes, poker reporting and lots more!

  Programming Note: No Tax Roundup tomorrow. See you Monday!   The House Judiciary Committee advanced three bills: The Digital Goods and […]

ALA Says Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act) is “Misguided”

We first posted about the CODE ACT on June 4, 2015: Two House Judiciary Committee Members Release Draft Legislation to “Modernize” U.S. Copyright Office. The post includes a link to the draft document and other resources. New Today From the American Library Association: Today, American Library Association (ALA) president Courtney Young responded to the introduction […]

Net Neutrality In Effect, But The Fight For An Open Internet Is Far From Over

2 months agoTechnology : Forbes: Tech

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 25: Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler testifies before the House Judiciary Committee in the Rayburn House Office Building on Capitol Hill March 25, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) The Federal Communication Commission's net neutrality laws went into effect on Friday after a federal [...]

House Judiciary Committee approves bill targeting ‘patent trolls’

2 months agoNews : The Raw Story

A congressional panel on Thursday approved a bill aimed at deterring frivolous patent lawsuits, but which some critics say undermines the ability to protect new innovations. The U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, in a 24-8 bipartisan vote, sent the measure to the full House, a move...

Proposals: Two House Judiciary Committee Members Release Draft Legislation to “Modernize” U.S. Copyright Office

Note: We plan to update this roundup post with additional materials and comments/reactions as they become available. Draft legislation/discussion document of  The Copyright Office for the Digital Economy (CODE) Act was released by Congresswoman Judy Chu (CA-27) and Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10). Show More Summary

Rhode Island Legislature to Hold Hearing on Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide

Senate Bill Number 598, which seeks to legalize Assisted Suicide in Rhode Island, will be heard on Thursday, May 28, before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The hearing will be held in Room 313 of the State House and should begin sometime between 4:30 and 5:30 p.m. National proponents of Assisted Suicide are flush with cash […]

New York Congressman Blasts Black Conservative Sheriff Who Blames 'Underclass' Behavior for Police Violence

During a heated House Judiciary Committee hearing, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) responded sharply to a black conservative sheriff who blamed the African American “underclass subculture” for police violence.

Wingnut Sheriff: The Real Problem In The Ghetto Is Liberalism

Every wingnut's favorite lawman, Sheriff David Clarke Jr., testified before the House Judiciary committee Tuesday about tensions between the police and the black community. You'll never guess who he blamed for the problems! Clarke criticized...Show More Summary

Breaking News: Key Lawmakers Propose Federal Anti-Cruelty Measure

A group of senior Republicans and Democrats, including key members of the House Judiciary Committee, have introduced the nation's first-ever general federal animal cruelty bill - the Prevent Animal Cruelty and Torture Act. The PACT Act (H.R. Show More Summary

MPAA & RIAA Demand DNS Action Against ‘Pirate’ Domains

Following their SOPA defeat three years ago, the MPAA, RIAA and ESA are again arguing that registrars need to take action against domains being used for infringing purposes. The groups told the House Judiciary Committee’s Internet subcommittee that dealing with anonymous domain registrations is also an urgent matter. Show More Summary

Delaware Death Penalty Repeal Falls Short

3 months agoNews : Huffington Post

Delaware's latest attempt to eliminate the death penalty sputtered out Wednesday when a bill abolishing capital punishment failed to clear a House committee. State House Judiciary Committee members voted 6-5 not to send the bill to the full House, The Associated Press reported. Show More Summary

Illinois Legislature Advances Gender Identity Protection Bill

This week the Illinois Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously passed a bill that will ensure that transgender people are respected after death. The bill has already passed the House.

What Do Musicians Get Paid For Radio Play? This Chart Show How Messed Up The Current System Is

At a recent House Judiciary Committee hearing with the Register of Copyrights, "Fair Play Fair Pay Act" cosponsor Ted Deutch and the MusicFirst Coalition unveiled an infographic that shows how chaotic and arbitrary the current system has become. _______________________ Do I Get Fair Pay When My Music Gets Played On...

House committee passes bill to curtail mass surveillance

3 months agoUS Politics / Liberal : Daily Kos

The House Judiciary Committee struck a blow against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell this week. McConnell is trying to force a five-year extension of the Patriot Act, without any revision of the controversial bulk data collection provision. Show More Summary

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