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H.R. 2471 (112th): To amend section 2710 of title 18, United States Code, to clarify that a video tape service provider may obtain a consumer’s informed, written consent on an ongoing basis and that consent may be obtained through the Internet.

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Bob Goodlatte

Sponsor. Representative for Virginia's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Nov 29, 2012
Length: 14 pages
Jul 8, 2011
112th Congress (2011–2013)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on December 6, 2011 but was never passed by the Senate.

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34 Cosponsors (19 Democrats, 15 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Comment Of Senator Leahy On Committee Consideration of Legislative Updates to the Video Privacy Protection Act and the Electronic Communications Privacy Act and Release of Text of Managers Amendment
    — Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT, 1975-2022] on Nov 26, 2012

Looking for Balance in Electronic Communications Privacy Act Update
    — Sen. Charles “Chuck” Grassley [R-IA] on Nov 29, 2012

Section By Section Breakdown Of Senator Leahy's ECPA Amendment
    — Sen. Patrick Leahy [D-VT, 1975-2022] on Nov 20, 2012

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Jul 8, 2011

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Oct 13, 2011
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Dec 6, 2011
Passed House (Senate next)

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Nov 29, 2012
Text Published

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H.R. 2471 (112th) 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. 2471. This is the one from the 112th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 112th Congress, which met from Jan 5, 2011 to Jan 3, 2013. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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