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H.R. 1695 (115th): Register of Copyrights Selection and Accountability Act of 2017

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About the bill

This bill would change the appointment process for the head of the U.S. Copyright Office, known as the Register of Copyrights. Currently the Register of Copyrights is hired by the Librarian of Congress (who is the head of the Library of Congress). This bill would make the position appointed by the president with confirmation by the Senate, just as the Librarian of Congress is.

This bill creates a selection panel made up of Members of Congress and the Librarian of Congress who are tasked with submitting a list of at least three qualified individuals to the President for his or her consideration. The President would nominate an individual from the selection panel’s list and the individual would be subject to confirmation by the U.S. Senate. The legislation also limits the …

Sponsor and status

Bob Goodlatte

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

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Last Updated: Apr 27, 2017
Length: 6 pages
Mar 23, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on April 26, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.

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).


33 Cosponsors (22 Republicans, 11 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

House Overwhelmingly Passes Bipartisan Legislation on Selection Process for Copyright Register
    — Rep. Bob Goodlatte [R-VA6, 1993-2018] (Sponsor) on Apr 26, 2017

Collins Statement on House Passage of Register of Copyrights Selection Act
    — Rep. Doug Collins [R-GA9, 2013-2020] (Co-sponsor) on Apr 26, 2017

Senators Call for Quick Action in the Senate on Legislation to Provide Selection Process for Register of Copyrights
    — Sen. Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] on May 2, 2017

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Mar 23, 2017

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Mar 29, 2017
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Apr 20, 2017
Reported by House Committee on the Judiciary

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Apr 26, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

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Sep 26, 2018
Considered by Senate Committee on Rules and Administration

A committee held a hearing or business meeting about the bill.

H.R. 1695 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 1695. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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