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H.R. 4522: Puerto Rico Federal Judicial Improvement Act


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 26, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4522

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 26, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To authorize an additional district judge for the district of Puerto Rico and to convert to permanent status the temporary office of bankruptcy judge for the district of Puerto Rico.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Puerto Rico Federal Judicial Improvement Act.

2.

District judgeship for the district of Puerto Rico

(a)

In general

The President shall appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, 1 additional district judge for the district of Puerto Rico.

(b)

Technical and conforming amendment

In order that the table contained in section 133(a) of title 28, United States Code, will reflect the change in the number of judgeships authorized by subsection (a), such table is amended by striking the item relating to Puerto Rico and inserting the following:

Puerto Rico8
3.

Conversion of the temporary office of bankruptcy judge to the permanent office of bankruptcy judge for the district of Puerto Rico

(a)

Conversion of office to permanent status

(1)

The temporary office of bankruptcy judge authorized for the district of Puerto Rico by section 1223(b)(1)(P) of Public Law 109–8 (119 Stat. 197; 28 U.S.C. 152 note), and extended by section 2(a)(1)(M) of Public Law 112–121 (126 Stat. 346; 28 U.S.C. 152 note) and section 1002(a)(1)(G) of Public Law 115–72 (131 Stat. 1230; 28 U.S.C. 152 note), is converted hereby to the permanent office of bankruptcy judge and represented in the amendment made by subsection (b).

(2)

The temporary office of bankruptcy judge authorized for the district of Puerto Rico by section 3(a)(7) of Public Law 102–361 (106 Stat. 966; 28 U.S.C. 152 note), and extended by section 1223(c)(1) of Public Law 109–8 (119 Stat. 198; 28 U.S.C. 152 note), section 2(b)(1) of Public Law 112–121 (126 Stat. 347; 28 U.S.C. 152 note), and section 1002(b)(1) of Public Law 115–72 (131 Stat. 1230; 28 U.S.C. 152 note), is converted hereby to the permanent office of bankruptcy judge and is represented in the amendment made by subsection (b).

(b)

Conforming amendment

To reflect the conversion of the temporary office of bankruptcy judge to the permanent office of bankruptcy judge made by the operation of subsection (a), section 152(a)(2) of title 28 of the United States Code is amended in the item relating to the district of Puerto Rico by striking 2 and inserting 4.