30 July 2009

House subcommittee favorably reports HR 569

Today the Subcommittee on Courts and Competition Policy of the House Judiciary Committee did a markup on the Equal Justice for Our Military Act of 2009, H.R. 569. During markup three technical amendments were added to H.R. 569. The first provided that the legislation would be effective 180 days after its enactment. Second, the legislation would apply to all pending cases at the time of its enactment. Lastly, providing the time in which a petition for certiorari to be filed may be prescribed by the rules of the Supreme Court.

The subcommittee unanimously voted to approve H.R. 569 and it was favorably reported out to the full committee. When Congress returns from its summer recess in September it is expected that the full committee will take up H.R. 569. Also a Congressional report on HR 569 will be issued in the very near future. Contained in the report will be the testimony of witnesses at last month's hearing as well as statements of individuals and veterans and law associations.

[Disclosure: I have provided a six page statement to the subcommittee, in support of the legislation, which will be made public when the Congressional report is issued. I could not attend the hearing last month because I have been home in Sydney recovering from surgery.]

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