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H.R. 4382: Free Flow of Information Act of 2017

About the bill

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Sponsor and status

Jamie Raskin

Sponsor. Representative for Maryland's 8th congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Nov 14, 2017
Length: 10 pages

Nov 14, 2017


Introduced on Nov 14, 2017

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on November 14, 2017. It will typically be considered by committee next before it is possibly sent on to the House or Senate as a whole.


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Nov 14, 2017

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Signed by the President

H.R. 4382 is 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.

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