ARCHIVED: Manager's Amendment to H.R. 1858, the Consumer and Investor Access to Information Act of 1999

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August 2, 1999

DEAR AALL MEMBERS:

Last Thursday, members of the Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection unanimously passed Chairman Billy Tauzin's Manager's Amendment to H.R. 1858 (the Committee's database protection bill) that included the following amendment drafted by the Washington Affairs Office:

Protection under this chapter shall not extend to primary legal materials, including court opinions, statutes, codes, regulations, or administrative agency decisions, from any Federal, state, or local jurisdiction, unless such materials were permanently available on an interactive computer network, without restriction, in an official, no-fee, publicly accessible electronic form at the time that the extraction occurred.

The full Commerce Committee mark-up will be held this week, and it is CRITICALLY IMPORTANT that the full committee adopt our language. We need to apply even more pressure with our representatives to offset opposition to our amendment from a number of quarters who oppose H.R. 1858 and support the Judiciary's bill H.R. 354 (which is bad for libraries and consumers).

Issue briefs about our amendment and the two database protection bills are attached, fyi.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED NOW!

Please draft letters to the leadership of the House Commerce Committee and to your Rep if he/she serves on the Committee. Urge them to adopt the Subcommittee's Manager's Amendment language regarding the exclusion for primary legal materials.

Two sample letters follow, as does a list of the Committee members. Names on the list preceded by an * are members of the Subcommittee, who should get a THANK YOU LETTER for supporting the Manager's Amendment during the Subc. hearing.

All other Committee members should get the first sample letter.

Let's also try to get as many gracious thank you letters to Rep. Rick Boucher (D-VA) who continues to be one of our strongest supporters. His address is below; his fax is: 202.225.0442

This is time-sensitive, so please FAX all letters; the Committee's FAX number, 202.225.1919, can be used if there is no published fax # for your own Rep.


SAMPLE LETTER:

The Honorable Thomas Bliley
Chairman, House Committee on Commerce
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

BY FAX: 202.225.0011

Dear Chairman Bliley:

As [your constituent and] a member of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), I urgently request your support for the Manager's Amendment to H.R. 1858, the Consumer and Investor Access to Information Act of 1999. This amendment was unanimously approved by the Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection at the mark-up hearing on July 29, 1999. AALL believes that the following language in the Manager's Amendment is crucial to the ability of the American public to have equal and equitable access to our Nation's body of legal information:

Protection under this chapter shall not extend to primary legal materials, including court opinions, statutes, codes, regulations, or administrative agency decisions, from any Federal, state, or local jurisdiction, unless such materials were permanently available on an interactive computer network, without restriction, in an official, no-fee, publicly accessible electronic form at the time that the extraction occurred.

I am attaching a AALL Issue Brief that provides background on why this amendment to H.R. 1858 is critically important to ensure that the American public--as citizens and taxpayers--be guaranteed equal access to primary legal materials. If legal information falls under a new database protection regime, then Congress will have denied your constituents, indeed all Americans, one of the most fundamental rights of our democracy, access to the law of the land.

Please feel free to add something on a personal level, about the users of your library.....)

Rep. ****, I strongly urge your support for this important amendment when the full Committee meets this week to mark-up H.R. 1858. Please do not hesitate to contact me for more information about this very important matter. Thank you.

Sincerely,



SAMPLE THANK YOU LETTER:

Honorable W.J. "Billy" Tauzin
Chairman, Subcommittee on Telecommunications, Trade and Consumer Protection
House Committee on Commerce
United States House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

BY FAX: 202.225.0563

Dear Representative Tauzin,

As a member of the American Association of Law Libraries and (your chapter?), I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for incorporating AALL's language in the Manager's Amendment that the Subcommittee unanimously endorsed during the mark-up of H.R. 1858 on July 29, 1999.

The availability of legal information to all people is a necessary requirement for a just and democratic society. We believe that primary legal information produced at all levels of government must be available to all citizens. AALL offered this amendment excluding primary legal materials because we believe that the American public has a right to have equitable and equal access to our Nation's body of legal information.

(Please feel free to add something on a personal level, about the users of your library.....)

Thank you again, Rep. Tauzin, for including the AALL language in your Manager's Amendment to H.R. 1858, and for your continued strong support as it goes forward to the full Committee this week.

Sincerely,


Majority Members, House Commerce Committee

* Tom Bliley, Virginia, Chairman
2409 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2815

* W.J. "Billy" Tauzin, Louisiana (Subc. Chairman)
2183 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4031

* Michael G. Oxley, Ohio
2233 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2676

Michael Bilirakis, Florida
2369 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5755

Joe Barton, Texas
2264 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2002

Fred Upton, Michigan
2333 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3761

* Cliff Stearns, Florida
2227 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5744

* Paul E. Gillmor, Ohio
1203 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6405

James C. Greenwood, Pennsylvania
2436 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4276

* Christopher Cox, California
2402 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5611

* Nathan Deal, Georgia
2437 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5211

* Steve Largent, Oklahoma
426 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2211
Richard Burr, North Carolina
1513 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2071

Brian P. Bilbray, California
1530 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2040

Ed Whitfield, Kentucky
236 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3115

Greg Ganske, Iowa
1108 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4426

Charlie Norwood, Georgia
1707 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4101

Tom A. Coburn, Oklahoma
429 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2701

Rick Lazio, New York
2444 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3335

* Barbara Cubin,
1114 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2311

* James E. Rogan, California
126 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4176

* John Shimkus, Illinois
513 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5271

* Heather Wilson, New Mexico
226 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6316

John B. Shadegg, Arizona
430 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3361

* Charles "Chip" Pickering, Mississippi
427 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5031

* Vito Fossella, New York
431 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3371

* Roy Blunt, Missouri
217 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6536

Ed Bryant, Tennessee
408 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2811

* Robert Ehrlich, Maryland
1714 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3061

    

Minority Members, House Commerce Committee

* John D. Dingell, Michigan (Ranking Member)
2328 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4071

Henry A. Waxman, California
2204 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3976

* Edward J. Markey, Massachusetts (Subc. Ranking Member)
2108 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2836

Ralph M. Hall, Texas
2221 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6673

* Rick Boucher, Virginia
2329 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3861

Edolphus Towns, New York
2232 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5936

Frank Pallone, New Jersey
420 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4671

Sherrod Brown, Ohio
201 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3401

* Bart Gordon, Tennessee
2368 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4231

Peter Deutsch, Florida
204 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-7931

* Bobby L. Rush, Illinois
2416 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4372

* Anna G. Eshoo, California
205 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-8104

* Ron Klink, Pennsylvania
2448 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2565

Bart Stupak, Minnesota
2348 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4735

* Eliot l. Engel, New York
2303 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2464

* Thomas C. Sawyer, Ohio
1414 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5231

* Albert Wynn, Maryland
407 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-8699

* Gene Green, Texas
2429 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-1688

* Karen McCarthy, Missouri
1330 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4535

Ted Strickland, Ohio
336 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5705

Diana DeGette, Colorado
1339 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4431

Thomas M. Barrett, Wisconsin
1214 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3571

Bill Luther, Minnesota
117 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-2271

Lois Capps, California
1118 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3601



Mary Alice Baish
Associate Washington Affairs Representative
E.B. Williams Law Library
Georgetown University Law Center
111 G Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20001-1417
Voice: 202.662.9200
Fax: 202.662.9202
E-mail: baish@law.georgetown.edu Internet: www.ll.georgetown.edu/aallwash