|Sponsor||Rep. Conyers, JohnJr.|
|Date||September 13, 2011 (112th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Sarah Makin|
On Monday, September 12, 2011, the House is scheduled consider H.R. 1059 under a suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The resolution was introduced by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) on March 14, and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
H.R. 1059 would correct a misspelling set forth in the redaction portion of the Ethics in Government Act (“Marshals” instead of “Marshall”). Section 1 would also strike the sunset provision (December 31, 2011) that applies to the redaction authority, thereby making it permanent.
Judges and certain other judicial branch employees are required to file annual financial disclosure reports under the Ethics in Government Act. Given the security risks that confront members of the Judiciary, however, the Judicial Conference is authorized to redact sensitive information from these reports that could otherwise be used to compromise the safety of the filers or their families. The statutory authority of the Judicial Conference to redact this information expires on December 31, 2011. H.R. 1059 permanently extends the authority beyond this date.
According to the Congressional Budget Office, implementing H.R. 1059 would have no significant impact on the federal budget. Enacting the bill would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.