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H.R. 290 (115th): Federal Communications Commission Process Reform Act of 2017

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 290 amends the Communications Act of 1934 to provide for greater transparency and efficiency in the procedures followed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Specifically, the bill requires the FCC to:

  • Complete a rulemaking proceeding and adopt procedural changes to its rules, within one year of enactment, to maximize opportunities for public participation and efficient decision-making;
  • Set minimum comment and reply comment periods for rulemaking proceedings;
  • Establish policies concerning extensive comments toward the end of a comment period;
  • Establish policies to ensure that the public has time to review material submitted in a proceeding after the comment cycle has closed;
  • Publish the status of open rulemakings as well as list the draft items the Commissioners are currently considering;
  • Establish deadlines for action on certain filings to the Commission and …

Sponsor and status

Greg Walden

Sponsor. Representative for Oregon's 2nd congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Jan 24, 2017
Length: 22 pages
Jan 4, 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 January 23, 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).


1 Cosponsor (1 Republican)



Jan 4, 2017

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Jan 23, 2017
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. 290 (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. 290. 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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