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I wanted to share my recent back and forth with Joe Pinder, a staffer in the House of Representatives:
You are correct it has passed the House (see below) the HR means it is a House bill
It’s senate counterpart (S 3019) appears to have bene introduced but seen no further official action the senate often doesn’t do the same “mechanical” consideration we do in the House but works things out and then brings them right to the floor, so it could be that it is ready and they could complete it during what we call “wrapup” this week to be able ot be signed by the president identical versions would need to be passed by both chambers and since there is no realo time to “ping-pong” versions back and forth until there is an agreed text, for it to have much chanc this congress the Senate would have to pass the House bill you could try to induce that by calling Lieberman’s office ( 202 224 4041) or the office of the House sponsor…and offhand I don’t know if Murphy survived the election or not his office is 225 4476
You also could call dodd, who is retiring but still has an office full 22402823
I was a reporter for many years (a decade of it up in Worcester) so I have seen the pain of missing-person cases from both the family side and the law-enforcement side
It’s worth a call and getting others to call. If the bill is technically ok and not objectionable there still is a chance to get it done…otherwise they’d have to start all over again after the start of the next congress good luck and thanks for your help
Latest Title:Billy's Law
Sponsor: Rep Murphy, Christopher S.[D-CT-5] (introduced 10/1/2009) Cosponsors: 30
Committees: House Judiciary; Senate Judiciary
House Reports: 111-416
Related Bills: S.3019
Latest Major Action:2/24/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security.
Subcommittee Hearings Held.
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held. (Markup report:CQ)
Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept.111-416.
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 242.
Mr. Scott (VA) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CRH683-687)
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate onH.R. 3695.
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CRH683-685)
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
Latest Title:Billy's Law
Sponsor: Sen Lieberman, Joseph I.[ID-CT] (introduced 2/23/2010) Cosponsors: 5
Committees: Senate Judiciary
Related Bills: H.R.3695
Latest Major Action:2/23/2010 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
STATUS:(dates in italics indicate Senate actions)
See also:CQ Custom BillTrack Report
Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CRS701-702)
Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Senator Joe Lieberman (ID-CT) introduced legislation to assist the families of missing adults. The measure, called the Help Find the Missing Act, or Billy’s Law (H.R. 3695), is named for Waterbury-resident Billy Smolinski Jr., who disappeared from his home on August 24, 2004. The legislation will improve data-sharing about missing people; assist law enforcement in advancing their efforts to compile and track missing persons data; and provide funding to improve, monitor and maintain that data.
Senator Lieberman issued the following statement:
“As a parent, my heart goes out to every family that has experienced the disappearance of a loved one. Each year, tens of thousands of Americans go missing, causing heartbreak and loss for people across the country. Passing Billy’s Law will offer families of missing adults confidence that we are doing everything we can to locate their loved ones. I thank Jan and Bill Smolinski of Waterbury, Connecticut for their courage and perseverance as they continue the search for their son, Billy Smolinski, Jr., who disappeared without a trace on August 24, 2004. I am grateful for the support that my colleagues Senator Schumer, Gillibrand, and Merkley have offered for this legislation and remain committed to doing everything possible in the United States Senate to assist families of missing adults.”
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