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S. 555 (95th): Ethics in Government Act


About the bill

Source: Wikipedia

The Ethics in Government Act of 1978 is a United States federal law that was passed in the wake of the Nixon Watergate scandal and the Saturday Night Massacre. It created mandatory, public disclosure of financial and employment history of public officials and their immediate families. It also created restrictions on lobbying efforts by public officials for a set period after leaving public office. Last, it created the U.S. Office of Independent Counsel, tasked with investigating government officials.

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Sponsor and status

Introduced
Feb 1, 1977
95th Congress (1977–1978)
Status

Enacted — Signed by the President on Oct 26, 1978

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on October 26, 1978.

Law
Pub.L. 95-521
Sponsor

Abraham Ribicoff

Senator for Connecticut

Democrat

Text

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Last Updated: Oct 26, 1978

Cosponsors

26 Cosponsors (18 Democrats, 8 Republicans)

Source

History

Feb 1, 1977
 
Introduced

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

May 16, 1977
 
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.

Jun 27, 1977
 
Passed Senate (House next)

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

Sep 27, 1978
 
Passed House with Changes (back to Senate)

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

Oct 26, 1978
 
Enacted — Signed by the President

The President signed the bill and it became law.

Oct 26, 1978
 
Text Published

Updated bill text was published as of Passed Congress.

S. 555 (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 S. 555. 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 passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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