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H.R. 4382 (115th): Free Flow of Information Act of 2017

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Should journalists be imprisoned if they refuse to divulge their sources to the federal government?

Under current law, they can be — and it’s been done before. The Free Flow of Information Act is a new House bill which would end the practice and institute a federal “shield law” for journalists.

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When the government subpoenas somebody and asks for answers under oath, the person is usually required to comply — but not always. Federal law allows a few exceptions such as private information revealed between a patient and their psychotherapist ...

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Jamie Raskin

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

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Last Updated: Nov 14, 2017
Length: 10 pages
Introduced
Nov 14, 2017
115th Congress, 2017–2019
Status
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on November 14, 2017, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted.

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Nov 14, 2017
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

H.R. 4382 (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.

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

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