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S. 1411: AMICUS Act

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Should the judicial branch’s influencers be subject to the same public disclosure mandates as Congress’s lobbyists and campaign funders are?


In Supreme Court cases, both sides submit a written report called a brief to the nine justices, laying out their reasons for why the ruling should go their way. The Court also permits similar briefs called amicus briefs from outside parties who are interested in the case.

This can include everyone from the federal government through the Justice Department, to advocacy organizations on the right or left like the NRA or ACLU, to law professors with expertise on the subject pending before the court, to news organizations like Fox News or CBS News. (Amicus is Latin for friend.)

These amicus briefs are being filed more frequently than ...

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Sheldon Whitehouse

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Rhode Island. Democrat.

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Last Updated: May 9, 2019
Length: 6 pages
May 9, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)

Introduced on May 9, 2019

This bill is in the first stage of the legislative process. It was introduced into Congress on May 9, 2019. 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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May 9, 2019

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S. 1411 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.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 1411. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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