S. 3311: A bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 2601 2nd Avenue North, Billings, Montana, as the "James F. Battin United States Courthouse"

S. 3311

A bill to designate the United States courthouse located at 2601 2nd Avenue North, Billings, Montana, as the "James F. Battin United States Courthouse"

Sponsor
Sen. Max Baucus

Date
December 19, 2012 (112th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
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Floor Situation

On Tuesday, December 18, 2012, the House is scheduled to consider S. 3311 under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. The bill was introduced by Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT) on June 19, 2012, and was approved in the Senate without amendment by unanimous consent on September 22, 2012.

Bill Summary

S. 3311 would designate the United States courthouse located at 2601 2nd Avenue North, Billings, Montana, as the "James F. Battin United States Courthouse."

Background

James Franklin Battin was a member of the House of Representatives from Montana. He served from January 3, 1961 to February 27, 1969, when he was nominated by President Richard M. Nixon to a seat on the United States District Court for the District of Montana vacated by William James Jameson. He became chief judge of the District on November 16, 1978, and served as chief judge until 1990. He passed away on September 27, 1996.

Legislation sponsored by Rep. Rick Hill (R-MT) during the 106th Congress designated the federal courthouse located at 316 North 26th Street in Billings, Montana, as the "James F. Battin Federal Courthouse." This courthouse had a history of asbestos problems and is scheduled to be sold at a public auction in 2013. The new $80 million federal courthouse, located at 2601 2nd Avenue North, was paid for with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  

Cost

A CBO score of S. 3311 was not available as of press time.