H.R. 579, To designate the United States courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the "R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse"

H.R. 579

To designate the United States courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the "R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse"

Sponsor
Rep. Bennie G. Thompson

Date
December 8, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, December 8, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 579, a bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi, as the “R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse,” under a suspension of the rules.  H.R. 579 was introduced on February 6, 2013 by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which ordered the bill reported by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 579 designates the United States Courthouse located at 501 East Court Street in Jackson, Mississippi as the “R. Jess Brown United States Courthouse.”

Background

Mr. R. Jess Brown was a civil rights lawyer who is credited with filing the first civil rights suit in Mississippi.[1]  Mr. Brown attended Texas Southern University Law School and was one of only four African American lawyers in Mississippi during the 1960s.[2]  In 1962, he worked on behalf of James Meredith, whose lawsuit allowed him to be the first African-American student enrolled at the University of Mississippi.[3]  Mr. Brown died on December 31, 1989 of cancer.[4]

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[1] House Report 113-233, at 2.
[2] See Id.
[3] See Id.
[4] See Id.

Cost

CBO estimates that enacting this legislation would have no effect on the federal budget, direct spending, or revenues.[5]

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[5] http://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/hr579_0.pdf

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.