November 19, 2013
by Bradley McAllister
US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) on Monday introduced a bill aimed at limiting frivolous patent lawsuits. The proposed legislation, known as the Patent Transparency and Improvements Act of 2013, is designed to increase transparency in the US patent process and improve ...[read more]
November 30, 2012
by Alison Sacriponte
The Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday approved a bill that would prevent police from searching emails and other electronic content without a warrant. Currently, under the 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, law enforcement agents only need a warrant to access emails less than 6 ...[read more]
November 10, 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta
The US Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday voted to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), marking the first time a Congressional group has voted to repeal the law banning same-sex marriage. The vote was split along party lines, with 10 Democrats voting in favor of the legislation and ...[read more]
September 29, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On September 29, 2010, US Senators Robert Menendez and Patrick Leahy introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010, which would have greatly changed US immigration law. The bill incorporated previously proposed legislation, including the AgJOBS Act, which would have allowed some ...[read more]
May 18, 2011
by Zach Zagger
US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced a bill Tuesday amending the 25-year-old Electronic Communications and Privacy Act (EPCA), which he authored, to require the government to obtain a warrant before searching private e-mails and other data stored on an Internet cloud. The bill removes the ...[read more]
February 15, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 15, 2007, US Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced legislation that would have banned federal funds for the use, sale or transfer of cluster munitions. The Cluster Munitions Civilian Protection Act of 2007 would have allowed an exception for bombs to be ...[read more]
February 6, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On February 6, 2007, US Senators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) introduced legislation designed to protect the personal information of consumers. The Personal Data Privacy and Security Act of 2007 resembled a bill Leahy co-sponsored with then-Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen ...[read more]
December 13, 2010
by Dwyer Arce
On December 13, 2007, the US Senate Judiciary Committee voted 12-7 to report contempt of Congress resolutions to the full Senate for White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove over their refusal to testify before the committee as part of its investigation ...[read more]
October 1, 2010
by Matt Glenn
US Senators Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Patrick Leahy (D-VT) introduced the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2010 Wednesday, which, if passed would greatly change US immigration law. The bill incorporates previously proposed legislation, including the AgJOBS Act, which would allow some ...[read more]
May 19, 2010
by Sarah Miley
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) announced in a committee hearing Wednesday that confirmation hearings for US Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan will begin June 28. Leahy's confirmation schedule mirrors the timelines followed for recent nominations, including Chief Justic... ...[read more]

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