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H.R. 368 (112th): Removal Clarification Act of 2011

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 17, 2011 (Reported by Senate Committee).


Calendar No. 197


1st Session

H. R. 368


March 1, 2011

Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

October 17, 2011

Reported by , without amendment


To amend title 28, United States Code, to clarify and improve certain provisions relating to the removal of litigation against Federal officers or agencies to Federal courts, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Removal Clarification Act of 2011.


Removal of certain litigation to Federal courts


Clarification of inclusion of certain types of proceedings

Section 1442 of title 28, United States Code, is amended—


in subsection (a), in the matter preceding paragraph (1)—


by inserting that is after or criminal prosecution;


by inserting and that is after in a State court; and


by inserting or directed to after against; and


by adding at the end the following:


As used in subsection (a), the terms civil action and criminal prosecution include any proceeding (whether or not ancillary to another proceeding) to the extent that in such proceeding a judicial order, including a subpoena for testimony or documents, is sought or issued. If removal is sought for a proceeding described in the previous sentence, and there is no other basis for removal, only that proceeding may be removed to the district court.



Conforming amendments

Section 1442(a) of title 28, United States Code, is amended—


in paragraph (1)—


by striking capacity for and inserting capacity, for or relating to; and


by striking sued; and


in each of paragraphs (3) and (4), by inserting or relating to after for.


Application of timing requirement

Section 1446 of title 28, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following:


Where the civil action or criminal prosecution that is removable under section 1442(a) is a proceeding in which a judicial order for testimony or documents is sought or issued or sought to be enforced, the 30-day requirement of subsections (b) and (c) is satisfied if the person or entity desiring to remove the proceeding files the notice of removal not later than 30 days after receiving, through service, notice of any such proceeding.



Reviewability on appeal

Section 1447(d) of title 28, United States Code, is amended by inserting 1442 or before 1443.

October 17, 2011

Reported without amendment