H.R. 2832,To make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions classified to title 52, United States Code

H.R. 2832

To make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions classified to title 52, United States Code

Committee
Judiciary

Date
September 6, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, September 6, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 2832, to make technical amendments to update statutory references to certain provisions classified to title 52, United States Code, under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on June 18, 2015, by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, on December 2, 2015, by voice vote.

Bill Summary

Since 1960, an extensive body of federal statutory law relating to voting and elections has been enacted, including title III of the Civil Rights Act of 1960, the Voting Rights Act of 1965, the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971, the Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act, the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, and the Help America Vote Act of 2002. Upon enactment, each of these laws was incorporated into the existing structure of the Code in the most logical manner possible. However, as this body of law grew and evolved, it became increasingly apparent to the Office of Law Revision Counsel that a separate title was needed.

On September 1, 2014, “Title 52, Voting and Elections,” was established. Title 52 provides a well-organized, coherent structure for this important body of law. H.R. 2832 will update the citations in our public laws that refer to provisions altered by the reclassification. These updates are necessary to conform the citations to the current codification of the text.

As is the case with reclassification projects, no statutory text was altered by the reorganization. The provisions were merely transferred from one place to another in the United States Code. To eliminate any confusion, the Office of Law Revision Counsel provides a comprehensive guide to the old and new code citations for these provisions on its website: uscode.house.gov.

Background

The Office of the Law Revision Counsel has an ongoing responsibility under section 285b of title 2 of the United States Code to maintain the United States Code and assist the House Judiciary Committee in the revision and codification of federal statutes. The Office occasionally undertakes editorial reclassification projects to reorganize areas of the law that have outgrown original boundaries or eliminate organizational units that are no longer efficient.

Cost

Because the statutory changes are purely technical, CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2832 would have no budgetary impact.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jake Vreeburg with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.