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S. 2749 (116th): DOTGOV Act of 2019

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Some end with “.com,” “.org,” or “.us,” but should all state and local government websites end with “.gov” instead?


Virtually all federal and state government websites use the “.gov” domain ending. Not all of them, however — Florida’s official website, for example, is

Neither, nor our offshoot websites including and Impeachment.Guide, end with “.gov,” intending to indicate that they are not government websites. Similarly, while has always been the president’s official website, was famously a pornographic website from 1997 to 2005.

Yet there are more than 89,000 local governments, and their websites do not all use “.gov” — particularly for the mid-sized or smaller towns. That’s important because “.gov” is one of the safest domains and less vulnerable to cyberattacks, hacking, …

Sponsor and status

Gary Peters

Sponsor. Senator for Michigan. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jan 6, 2020
Length: 18 pages
Oct 30, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 133: H.R. 133: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021 [Including Coronavirus Stimulus & Relief]
Enacted — Signed by the President on Dec 27, 2020. (compare text)

5 Cosponsors (3 Republicans, 2 Democrats)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Peters Highlights Michigan Leadership, Bipartisan Bills to Bolster State and Local Cybersecurity at Senate Hearing
    — Sen. Gary Peters [D-MI] (Sponsor) on Feb 11, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to S. 2749 will be negligible.


Oct 30, 2019

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

Nov 6, 2019
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

Jan 6, 2020
Reported by Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

S. 2749 (116th) 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 S. 2749. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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