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H.R. 8200 (95th): A bill to establish a uniform law on the subject of bankruptcies.

About the bill

Source: Wikipedia

The Bankruptcy Reform Act of 1978 (Pub.L. 95–598, 92 Stat. 2549, November 6, 1978) is a United States Act of Congress regulating bankruptcy.

The current Bankruptcy Code was enacted in 1978 by § 101 of the Act which generally became effective on October 1, 1979. The current Code completely replaced the former Bankruptcy Act of 1898, sometimes called the "Nelson Act" (Act of July 1, 1898, ch. 541, 30 Stat. 544). The current Code has been amended multiple times since 1978. (See, e.g. Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005.)

This Act prohibits employment discrimination against anyone who has declared bankruptcy.

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Sponsor and status

Jul 11, 1977
95th Congress (1977–1978)

Enacted — Signed by the President on Nov 6, 1978

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on November 6, 1978.

Pub.L. 95-598

William “Don” Edwards

Representative for California's 10th congressional district



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Last Updated: Nov 6, 1978



Jul 11, 1977

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

Feb 1, 1978
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

Sep 7, 1978
Passed Senate with Changes (back to House)

The Senate passed the bill with changes not in the House version and sent it back to the House to approve the changes.

Oct 6, 1978
House Agreed to Changes

The bill was passed by both chambers in identical form. It goes to the President next who may sign or veto the bill.

Nov 6, 1978
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

H.R. 8200 (95th) 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 H.R. 8200. This is the one from the 95th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 95th Congress, which met from Jan 4, 1977 to Oct 15, 1978. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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