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Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider
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Slamming: The Unauthorized Change of a Consumer's Telephone Service Provider
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Telemarketing: Dealing with Unwanted Telemarketing Calls
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Telemarketing: Dealing with Unwanted Telemarketing Calls
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Telemarketing: Dealing with Unwanted Telemarketing Calls
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Telemarketing: Dealing with Unwanted Telemarketing Calls
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Telemarketing: Dealing With Unwanted Telemarketing Calls
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Telemarketing: Dealing With Unwanted Telemarketing Calls
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Telemarketing: Dealing With Unwanted Telemarketing Calls
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Medicare Endorsed Prescription Drug Discount Card Program
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Beneficiary Information and Decision Supports for the Medicare-Endorsed Prescription Drug Discount Card
On December 8, 2003 the President signed into law the Medicare Prescription Drug, Improvement and Modernization Act of 2003 (MMA, P.L. 108-173). This legislation establishes a Medicare prescription drug benefit, effective January 1, 2006. In the interim, the legislation requires the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to establish a temporary program of Medicare-endorsed prescription drug discount cards. This report discusses the objectives and benefits of this legislation. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs6351/
Products Liability: A Legal Overview
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Spyware: Background and Policy Issues for Congress
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Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act, H.R. 1036, S. 659, S. 1805, S. 1806, 108th Congress: Legal Analysis
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Identity Theft: The Internet Connection
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Implications of the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit for State Budgets
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Prescription Drug Coverage Under Medicaid
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Homeland Security Act of 2002: Tort Liability Provisions
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The Pros and Cons of Allowing the Federal Government to Negotiate Prescription Drug Prices
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State Securities Class Action Suits: Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner
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Products Liability: A Legal Overview
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Wireless Privacy and Spam: Issues for Congress
Wireless communications devices such as cell phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) are ubiquitous. Some consumers, already deluged with unwanted commercial messages, or “spam,” via computers that access the Internet by traditional wireline connections, are concerned that such unsolicited advertising is expanding to wireless communications, further eroding their privacy. Congress continues to debate how to protect wireless subscribers further, and several bills were considered in the 108th Congress. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs8209/
The Internal Revenue Service's Use of Private Debt Collection Agencies: Current Status and Issues for Congress
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Products Liability: A Legal Overview
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Drug Control
How to prevent the non-medical use of dependency-producing drugs has been a public policy concern for at least a century. A large part of the responsibility for controlling such substances has been assumed by the Federal Government. Historically based on decision to restrict availability through a system of close regulation, including selective prohibition, the current Federal anti-drugs strategy lives on activities and programs in five major areas: 1) regulation and other “enforcement” efforts; 2) support for international control and for control efforts of individual drug-producing and drug-transiting countries; 3) education and other prevention activities; 4 ) treatment and rehabilitation for drug-dependent persons; and ( 5 ) research on drugs , drug dependency, and prevention and treatment methods. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs8518/
Spyware: Background and Policy Issues for Congress
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The Consumer Price Index: An Overview
The consumer price index is probably the most widely used measure of inflation. Changes i n the index affect the incomes of a substantial portion of the U.S. population. This report provides background information on the history and concepts of the index. In addition, several factors which may produce biases in the index are analyzed. The objective is to provide an introduction to the CPI f o r the policy maker who wishes to acquire a working knowledge of the concept as an aid in examining economic policy alternatives. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs8856/
Data Security: Protecting the Privacy of Phone Records
This report discusses recent legislative and regulatory efforts to protect the privacy of customer telephone records, and efforts to prevent the unauthorized use, disclosure, or sale of such records by data brokers. In addition, it provides a brief overview of the confidentiality protections for customer information established by the Communications Act of 1934. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs9026/
Data Security: Protecting the Privacy of Phone Records
This report discusses recent legislative and regulatory efforts to protect the privacy of customer telephone records, and efforts to prevent the unauthorized use, disclosure, or sale of such records by data brokers. In addition, it provides a brief overview of the confidentiality protections for customer information established by the Communications Act of 1934. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs9027/
Advertising of Alcoholic Beverages: Should a Radio and TV Ban be Imposed?
This issue brief discusses the ongoing debate centered around television and radio advertising of alcoholic beverages, especially as it relates to the possible negative influence on the drinking habits of minors. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs9049/
Farm Product "Check-Off" Programs: A Constitutional Analysis
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Geographical Indications and WTO Negotiations
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Infant Formula: National Problems
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Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit: An Overview of Implementation for Dual Eligibles
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Payday Loans: Federal Regulatory Initiatives
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Standardized Choices: Medigap Lessons for Medicare Part D
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Steel: Price and Policy Issues
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Spyware: Background and Policy Issues for Congress
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The Liability Insurance Controversy
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The Liability Insurance Crisis
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Three Utility Financing Issues
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U.S. Tobacco Production, Consumption, and Export Trends
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Urea-Formaldehyde Foam Insulation: Health Effects and Regulation
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The Liability Insurance Controversy
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The Liability Insurance Crisis
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Three Utility Financing Issues
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U.S. Tobacco Production, Consumption, and Export Trends
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Urea-Formaldehyde Foam Insulation: Health Effects and Regulation
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Spyware: Background and Policy Issues for Congress
The term "spyware" is not well defined. Generally, it is used to refer to any software that is downloaded onto a person's computer without their knowledge. Spyware may collect information about a computer user's activities and transmit their information to someone else. Most spyware is installed surreptitiously, and most users are therefore unaware that spyware exists on their computers. A central point of the spyware debate in Congress is whether new laws are needed, or if industry self-regulation, coupled with enforcement actions under existing laws, such as the Trade Commission Act, is sufficient. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs10401/
"Price Gouging," the Antitrust Laws, and Vertical Integration in the Petroleum Industry: How They Are Related
This report, which may be updated to further reflect congressional action, attempts to provide the antitrust context for prohibited practices, such as "price gouging"; notes prior congressional action concerning vertical divestiture in the petroleum industry; and provides information on the state "divorcement" statutes. digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metacrs10649/