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Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First Amendment

Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First Amendment

Date: June 26, 2003
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. . . .” This language restricts government both more and less than it would if it were applied literally. It restricts government more in that it applies not only to Congress, but to all branches of the federal government, and to all branches of state and local government. It restricts government less in that it provides no protection to some types of speech and only limited protection to others. This report provides an overview of the major exceptions to the First Amendment — of the ways that the Supreme Court has interpreted the guarantee of freedom of speech and press to provide no protection or only limited protection for some types of speech.
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Obscenity, Child Pornography, and Indecency: Recent Developments and Pending Issues

Obscenity, Child Pornography, and Indecency: Recent Developments and Pending Issues

Date: June 24, 2003
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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Privacy Protection for Customer Financial Information

Privacy Protection for Customer Financial Information

Date: June 13, 2003
Creator: Murphy, M. Maureen
Description: None
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Medical Records Privacy: Questions and Answers on the HIPAA Final Rule

Medical Records Privacy: Questions and Answers on the HIPAA Final Rule

Date: June 11, 2003
Creator: Redhead, C. Stephen
Description: This report discusses the issue facing Congress on whether to continue to support the executive branch’s prosecution of medical marijuana patients and their providers, in accordance with marijuana’s status as a Schedule I drug under the Controlled Substances Act, or whether to relax federal marijuana prohibition enough to permit the medical use of botanical cannabis products by seriously ill persons, especially in states that have created medical marijuana programs under state law.
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Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First Amendment

Freedom of Speech and Press: Exceptions to the First Amendment

Date: May 6, 2003
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: The First Amendment to the United States Constitution provides that “Congress shall make no law . . . abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press. . . .” This language restricts government both more and less than it would if it were applied literally. It restricts government more in that it applies not only to Congress, but to all branches of the federal government, and to all branches of state and local government. It restricts government less in that it provides no protection to some types of speech and only limited protection to others. This report provides an overview of the major exceptions to the First Amendment — of the ways that the Supreme Court has interpreted the guarantee of freedom of speech and press to provide no protection or only limited protection for some types of speech.
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Obscenity, Child Pornography, and Indecency: Recent Developments and Pending Issues

Obscenity, Child Pornography, and Indecency: Recent Developments and Pending Issues

Date: May 2, 2003
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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Privacy Protection for Customer Financial Information

Privacy Protection for Customer Financial Information

Date: May 2, 2003
Creator: Murphy, M. Maureen
Description: None
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A Brief Summary of the HIPAA Medical Privacy Rule

A Brief Summary of the HIPAA Medical Privacy Rule

Date: April 30, 2003
Creator: Stevens, Gina Marie
Description: This report provides a brief overview of the modified HIPAA Privacy rule, “Standards for the Privacy of Individually Identifiable Health Information” (“privacy rule”) published on August 14, 2002 by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
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Compliance with the HIPAA Medical Privacy Rule

Compliance with the HIPAA Medical Privacy Rule

Date: April 24, 2003
Creator: Stevens, Gina Marie
Description: As of April 14, 2003, most health care providers (including doctors and hospitals) and health plans are required to comply with the new Privacy Rule mandated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”), and must comply with national standards to protect individually identifiable health information. The HIPAA Privacy Rule creates a federal floor of privacy protections for individually identifiable health information; establishes a set of basic consumer protections; institutes a series of regulatory permissions for uses and disclosures of protected health information; permits any person to file an administrative complaint for violations; and authorizes the imposition of civil or criminal penalties.
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Internet Privacy: Overview and Pending Legislation

Internet Privacy: Overview and Pending Legislation

Date: April 23, 2003
Creator: Smith, Marcia S
Description: None
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