H.R. 985 (111th): Free Flow of Information Act of 2009


Feb 11, 2009
111th Congress, 2009–2010

Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on March 31, 2009 but was never passed by the Senate.


Frederick “Rick” Boucher

Representative for Virginia's 9th congressional district



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Last Updated: Apr 1, 2009
Length: 10 pages

About the bill

Full Title

To maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media.

Summary (CRS)

2/11/2009--Passed House without amendment.Free Flow of Information Act of 2009 - Prohibits a federal entity (an entity or employee of the judicial or executive branch or an administrative agency of ... Read more >

The bill’s title was written by its sponsor.


Feb 11, 2009

This is the first step in the legislative process.

Mar 25, 2009
Reported by Committee

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Mar 31, 2009
Passed House

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by voice vote so no record of individual votes was made.

This is a House of Representatives bill in the United States Congress (indicated by the “H.R.” in “H.R. 985”). A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.


50 cosponsors (33D, 17R) (show)
Committee Assignments

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There have been no roll call votes related to this bill.

Related Bills

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H.R. 2102 (110th) was a previous version of this bill.

Passed House
Last Action: Oct 16, 2007

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