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 Decade: 2000-2009
 Year: 2004
 Collection: Congressional Research Service Reports
“Good Samaritan” Tort Reform: Three House Bills

“Good Samaritan” Tort Reform: Three House Bills

Date: September 15, 2004
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: This report discusses three 108th Congress tort reform bills: the Volunteer Pilot Organization Protection Act (H.R. 1084), the Good Samaritan Firefighter Assistance Act of 2003 (H.R. 1787), and the Nonprofit Athletic Organization Protection Act of 2003 (H.R. 3369).
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Partial-Birth Abortion: Recent Developments in the Law

Partial-Birth Abortion: Recent Developments in the Law

Date: January 12, 2004
Creator: Shimabukuro, Jon O
Description: None
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Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues

Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues

Date: July 16, 2004
Creator: Smith, Alison M
Description: None
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Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues

Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues

Date: February 4, 2004
Creator: Smith, Alison M
Description: None
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Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues

Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues

Date: September 24, 2004
Creator: Smith, Alison M
Description: None
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Medical Malpractice Liability Reform: Legal Issues and Fifty-State Survey of Caps on Punitive Damages and Noneconomic Damages

Medical Malpractice Liability Reform: Legal Issues and Fifty-State Survey of Caps on Punitive Damages and Noneconomic Damages

Date: January 29, 2004
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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Medical Malpractice Liability Reform: Legal Issues and Fifty-State Survey of Caps on Punitive Damages and Noneconomic Damages

Medical Malpractice Liability Reform: Legal Issues and Fifty-State Survey of Caps on Punitive Damages and Noneconomic Damages

Date: September 17, 2004
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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Medical Malpractice Liability Reform: Legal Issues and Fifty-State Survey of Caps on Punitive Damages and Noneconomic Damages

Medical Malpractice Liability Reform: Legal Issues and Fifty-State Survey of Caps on Punitive Damages and Noneconomic Damages

Date: May 13, 2004
Creator: Cohen, Henry
Description: None
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Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues

Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues

Date: November 5, 2004
Creator: Smith, Alison M
Description: None
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Internet Gambling: An Abridged Overview of Federal Criminal Law

Internet Gambling: An Abridged Overview of Federal Criminal Law

Date: November 29, 2004
Creator: Doyle, Charles
Description: None
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Internet Gambling: Overview of Federal Criminal Law

Internet Gambling: Overview of Federal Criminal Law

Date: November 29, 2004
Creator: Doyle, Charles
Description: None
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9/11 Commission: Current Legislative Proposals for U.S. Immigration Law and Policy

9/11 Commission: Current Legislative Proposals for U.S. Immigration Law and Policy

Date: December 6, 2004
Creator: Garcia, Michael John & Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: This report briefly discusses some of the major immigration areas under consideration in comprehensive reform proposals suggested by the 9/11 Commission, including asylum, biometric tracking systems, border security, document security, exclusion, immigration enforcement, and visa issuances. It refers to other CRS reports that discuss these issues in depth and will be updated as needed.
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Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues

Same-Sex Marriages: Legal Issues

Date: June 30, 2004
Creator: Smith, Alison M
Description: None
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Partial-Birth Abortion: Recent Developments in the Law

Partial-Birth Abortion: Recent Developments in the Law

Date: October 26, 2004
Creator: Shimabukuro, Jon O
Description: None
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9/11 Commission: Current Legislative Proposals for U.S. Immigration Law and Policy

9/11 Commission: Current Legislative Proposals for U.S. Immigration Law and Policy

Date: October 18, 2004
Creator: Garcia, Michael John & Wasem, Ruth Ellen
Description: This report briefly discusses some of the major immigration areas under consideration in comprehensive reform proposals suggested by the 9/11 Commission, including asylum, biometric tracking systems, border security, document security, exclusion, immigration enforcement, and visa issuances. It refers to other CRS reports that discuss these issues in depth and will be updated as needed.
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Bankruptcy Reform in the 108th Congress

Bankruptcy Reform in the 108th Congress

Date: January 29, 2004
Creator: Welborn, Angie A
Description: On March 19, 2003, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 975, the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2003. H.R. 975, as introduced, was substantially similar to the legislation (H.R. 333) approved by both the House and the Senate during the 107th Congress, but omitted the Schumer Amendment which would have prevented the discharge of liability for willful violation of protective orders and violent protests against providers of “lawful services,” including reproductive health services. As passed by the House, H.R. 975 was amended to add sections to, among other things, increase the cap on wage and employee benefit claims. The Senate did not consider H.R. 975 during the first session of the 108th Congress. This report provides an overview of selected major provisions of the legislation.
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The Constitutionality of Including the Phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance

The Constitutionality of Including the Phrase "Under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance

Date: June 18, 2004
Creator: Welborn, Angie A
Description: On October 14, 2003, the Supreme Court granted certiorari in the appeal regarding the California statute, and on June 14, 2004, the Court reversed the Ninth Circuit’s decision finding that Newdow lacked standing to challenge the school district’s policy in federal court. This report summarizes the facts of the case, the opinions that have been rendered, congressional action, and the appeal to the Supreme Court. It will be updated as circumstances warrant.
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War on Drugs: Legislation in the 108th Congress and Related Developments

War on Drugs: Legislation in the 108th Congress and Related Developments

Date: October 3, 2004
Creator: Eddy, Mark
Description: None
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Child Welfare Issues in the 108th Congress

Child Welfare Issues in the 108th Congress

Date: September 17, 2004
Creator: Stoltzfus, Emilie
Description: The purpose of this report is to present a number of generally less broad legislative proposals related to child welfare financing have been introduced in the 108th Congress. Additional child welfare-related proposals designed to improve services, promote timely placement of children across state lines, and for other purposes, are described in this report.
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Energy Efficiency: Budget, Oil Conservation, and Electricity Conservation Issues

Energy Efficiency: Budget, Oil Conservation, and Electricity Conservation Issues

Date: July 15, 2004
Creator: Sissine, Fred
Description: In the 108th Congress, debate over energy efficiency programs has focused on budget, oil, natural gas, and electricity issues, and provisions in the omnibus energy policy bill, S. 2095, H.R. 6, and S. 14/S. 1149. The Bush Administration’s FY2005 budget request for the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Efficiency Program sought $875.9 million, including $543.9 for R&D and $332.0 million for grants. In the first session, the omnibus energy bill (H.R. 6) had several significant tax and regulatory measures for energy efficiency. It did not pass the Senate due to concerns about cost and an MTBE “safe harbor” provision.
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Energy Efficiency: Budget, Oil Conservation, and Electricity Conservation Issues

Energy Efficiency: Budget, Oil Conservation, and Electricity Conservation Issues

Date: December 1, 2004
Creator: Sissine, Fred
Description: In the 108th Congress, debate over energy efficiency programs has focused on budget, oil, natural gas, and electricity issues, and provisions in the omnibus energy policy bill, S. 2095, H.R. 6, and S. 14/S. 1149. The Bush Administration’s FY2005 budget request for the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) Energy Efficiency Program sought $875.9 million, including $543.9 for R&D and $332.0 million for grants. In the first session, the omnibus energy bill (H.R. 6) had several significant tax and regulatory measures for energy efficiency. It did not pass the Senate due to concerns about cost and an MTBE “safe harbor” provision.
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Electronic Voting Systems (DREs): Legislation in the 108th Congress

Electronic Voting Systems (DREs): Legislation in the 108th Congress

Date: August 11, 2004
Creator: Fischer, Eric A & Coleman, Kevin J
Description: Several bills have been introduced in the 108th Congress to address issues that have been raised about the security of direct recording electronic (DRE) voting machines. Touchscreen and other DREs using computer-style displays are arguably the most versatile and voter-friendly of any current voting system. The popularity of DREs, particularly the touchscreen variety, has grown in recent years. In addition, the Help America Vote Act of 2002 (HAVA, P.L. 107 — 252), while not requiring or prohibiting the use of any specific kind of voting system, does promote the use of DREs through some of its provisions.
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Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act: Provisions Expiring in 2004

Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act: Provisions Expiring in 2004

Date: July 15, 2004
Creator: Esenwein, Gregg A
Description: None
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Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act: Provisions Expiring in 2004

Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act: Provisions Expiring in 2004

Date: May 14, 2004
Creator: Esenwein, Gregg A
Description: None
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