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Ecstasy: Legislative Proposals in the 107th Congress to Control MDMA

Ecstasy: Legislative Proposals in the 107th Congress to Control MDMA

Date: January 22, 2003
Creator: Eddy, Mark
Description: Legislation has been proposed in the 107th Congress to combat the use and abuse of Ecstasy (MDMA) and other “club drugs.” In a 2001 survey, 12% of 12th graders reported ever having taken the drug. The Ecstasy Anti-Proliferation Act of 2000, enacted by the 106th Congress, directed the U.S. Sentencing Commission to increase penalties for Ecstasy offenses. As of March 2001, MDMA penalties became more severe than for powder cocaine but less severe than for heroin.
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Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Date: February 5, 2003
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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President Bush's Proposed Medicare-Endorsed Drug Discount Card Initiative: Status and Issues

President Bush's Proposed Medicare-Endorsed Drug Discount Card Initiative: Status and Issues

Date: February 7, 2003
Creator: Villarreal, M. Angeles
Description: None
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Consumer Bankruptcy and Household Debt

Consumer Bankruptcy and Household Debt

Date: February 27, 2003
Creator: Jickling, Mark
Description: Financial distress is most common among lower-income families, but its incidence has grown in all income brackets. This trend suggests that explanations for the rise in consumer bankruptcy filings are more likely to be found in micro-analysis of individuals and groups of debtors than in macroeconomic indicators. This report presents statistics on bankruptcy filings, household debt, and households in financial distress.
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Identity Theft and the Fair Credit Reporting Act: An Analysis of

Identity Theft and the Fair Credit Reporting Act: An Analysis of

Date: February 27, 2003
Creator: Welborn, Angie A
Description: None
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Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider

Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider

Date: March 11, 2003
Creator: Gilroy, Angele A
Description: None
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Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Date: March 19, 2003
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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Identity Theft and the Fair Credit Reporting Act: An Analysis of

Identity Theft and the Fair Credit Reporting Act: An Analysis of

Date: March 21, 2003
Creator: Welborn, Angie A
Description: None
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The Hatch-Waxman Act: Proposed Legislative Changes Affecting Pharmaceutical Patents

The Hatch-Waxman Act: Proposed Legislative Changes Affecting Pharmaceutical Patents

Date: April 2, 2003
Creator: Schacht, Wendy H & Thomas, John R
Description: None
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Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, H.R. 1036, 108th Congress: Legal Analysis

Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, H.R. 1036, 108th Congress: Legal Analysis

Date: April 10, 2003
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Date: April 11, 2003
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Date: April 14, 2003
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Date: May 2, 2003
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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The Hatch-Waxman Act: Proposed Legislative Changes Affecting Pharmaceutical Patents

The Hatch-Waxman Act: Proposed Legislative Changes Affecting Pharmaceutical Patents

Date: May 8, 2003
Creator: Schacht, Wendy H & Thomas, John R
Description: None
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Telemarketing: Dealing with Unwanted Telemarketing Calls

Telemarketing: Dealing with Unwanted Telemarketing Calls

Date: May 9, 2003
Creator: Riehl, James R
Description: This report provides summaries of the federal laws and regulations particular to telemarketing, the establishment of a national do-not-call registry, and the options that are available to consumers to limit the calls that they receive from telemarketers and to report questionable telemarketing practices to local or federal authorities. The report also lists sources of additional information with addresses, phone numbers, and Internet sites (if available).
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Consumer Bankruptcy and Household Debt

Consumer Bankruptcy and Household Debt

Date: May 14, 2003
Creator: Jickling, Mark
Description: Financial distress is most common among lower-income families, but its incidence has grown in all income brackets. This trend suggests that explanations for the rise in consumer bankruptcy filings are more likely to be found in micro-analysis of individuals and groups of debtors than in macroeconomic indicators. This report presents statistics on bankruptcy filings, household debt, and households in financial distress.
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Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider

Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider

Date: May 19, 2003
Creator: Gilroy, Angele A
Description: None
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U.S. Tobacco Production, Consumption, and Export Trends

U.S. Tobacco Production, Consumption, and Export Trends

Date: June 3, 2003
Creator: Womach, Jasper
Description: None
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U.S. Tobacco Production, Consumption, and Export Trends

U.S. Tobacco Production, Consumption, and Export Trends

Date: June 3, 2003
Creator: Womach, Jasper
Description: None
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Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Products Liability: A Legal Overview

Date: June 12, 2003
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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Medicare: Beneficiary Cost-Sharing Under Proposed Prescription Drug Benefits

Medicare: Beneficiary Cost-Sharing Under Proposed Prescription Drug Benefits

Date: June 17, 2003
Creator: Peterson, Chris L
Description: This report examines these proposals as well as the “Medicare Rx Drug Benefit and Discount Act of 2003,” which was introduced by Representative Charles Rangel, the ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee. Specifically, this report provides background on how the cost-sharing and premium provisions under each bill would affect the amount that a beneficiary pays annually for prescription drugs.
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Medicare Prescription Drug and Reform Legislation

Medicare Prescription Drug and Reform Legislation

Date: June 19, 2003
Creator: O'Sullivan, Jennifer; Chaikind, Hinda Ripps; Tilson, Sibyl L; Boulanger, Jennifer & Morgan, Paulette C
Description: This report describes the major features of S. 1, as ordered reported, and the measure to be considered by the House Ways and Means Committee, H.R. 2473, as ordered reported.
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Class Actions and Proposed Reform in the 108th Congress: Class Action Fairness Act of 2003

Class Actions and Proposed Reform in the 108th Congress: Class Action Fairness Act of 2003

Date: June 23, 2003
Creator: Wallace, Paul Starett, Jr
Description: The report discusses the consumer class action bill of rights in each proposal contains safeguards which provide for judicial scrutiny of coupon and other non-cash settlements, protection against a proposed settlement that would result in a net loss to a class member, protection against discrimination based upon geographic location, and prohibition on a class representative receiving a greater share of the award.
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The Hatch-Waxman Act: Proposed Legislative Changes Affecting Pharmaceutical Patents

The Hatch-Waxman Act: Proposed Legislative Changes Affecting Pharmaceutical Patents

Date: June 23, 2003
Creator: Schacht, Wendy H & Thomas, John R
Description: None
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