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.
The bill’s titles are written by its sponsor.
Sponsor and status
Frederick “Rick” Boucher
Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 9th congressional district. Democrat.
Last Updated: Apr 1, 2009
Length: 10 pages
111th Congress (2009–2010)
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.
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50 Cosponsors (33 Democrats, 17 Republicans)
What legislators are saying
“Leahy Praises Committee Progress On Media Shield Legislation”
— Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT, 1975-2022] on Sep 10, 2009
Oct 16, 2007
Earlier Version — Passed House (Senate next)
This activity took place on a related bill, H.R. 2102 (110th).
Feb 11, 2009
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Mar 25, 2009
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Mar 31, 2009
Passed House (Senate next)
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.
H.R. 985 (111th) was a bill in the United States Congress.
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Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 985. This is the one from the 111th Congress.
This bill was introduced in the 111th Congress, which met from Jan 6, 2009 to Dec 22, 2010. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.
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