H.R. 2728: William Orton Law Library Improvement and Modernization Act

H.R. 2728

William Orton Law Library Improvement and Modernization Act

Rep. Zoe Loefgren

July 21, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

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Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 2728 under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 2728 was introduced on June 4, 2009, by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). The Committee on House Administration reported the bill favorably on June 19, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2728 would authorize the appropriation of $3.5 million for the law library of the Library of Congress. These funds would be used for maintaining and administering law library services. The bill also provides for the cataloguing and archiving of nonproprietary material in the law library's collection.

H.R. 2728 would provide for a line item appropriation for the law library beginning in Fiscal Year 2011. Currently, the law library's funding comes from the Library of Congress' general budget.

The bill would also establish a William Orton program to support the mission of the law library. Funding for this progam would come from appropriations and private donations or in-kind contributions. H.R. 2728 would provide for a separate account for the program in the Treasury.



The Library of Congress law library program established in this bill is named after former Rep. William Orton (D-UT) who represented Utah's 3rd congressional district from 1991 to 1997.


According to CBO, H.R. 2827 would cost $3.5 million over five years, assuming appropriation of the authorized amounts.