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H.R. 1278 (113th): Non-Disparagement of Native American Persons or Peoples in Trademark Registration Act of 2013

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To amend the Trademark Act of 1946 regarding the disparagement of Native American persons or peoples through marks that use the term "redskin", and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Eni Faleomavaega

Sponsor. Representative for American Samoa. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Mar 20, 2013
Length: 5 pages
Mar 20, 2013
113th Congress (2013–2015)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on March 20, 2013, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


24 Cosponsors (23 Democrats, 1 Republican)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Norton Introduces Bill to Strip NFL of Its Tax-Exempt Status for Use of Washington Football Team Name
    — Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton [D-DC] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 12, 2014

As Native American Heritage Month Begins, Norton Says FCC Should Begin Proceedings to Ban Use of Washington Football Team on Broadcast TV and Radio
    — Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton [D-DC] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 3, 2014

Norton Says FCC Ban on the On-Air Use of Washington Football Team Name is Necessary
    — Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton [D-DC] (Co-sponsor) on Oct 1, 2014

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Mar 20, 2013

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H.R. 1278 (113th) 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. 1278. This is the one from the 113th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2013 to Jan 2, 2015. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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