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H.R. 6872 (97th): Federal Court Reform Act of 1982

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A bill to provide greater discretion to the Supreme Court in selecting the cases it will review, to extend to all Federal jurors eligibility for Federal worker's compensation, to provide for the taxing of attorney fees in certain actions brought by jurors, to authorize the service of jury summonses by ordinary mail, to permit courts of the United States to establish the order of hearing for certain civil matters, and for other purposes.

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Sponsor and status

Jul 27, 1982
97th Congress, 1981–1982
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 20, 1982 but was never passed by the Senate.


Thomas Railsback

Representative for Illinois's 19th congressional district




Jul 27, 1982

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Aug 10, 1982
Ordered Reported

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Sep 20, 1982
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next. The vote was by Voice Vote so no record of individual votes was made.

H.R. 6872 (97th) 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.

This bill was introduced in the 97th Congress, which met from Jan 5, 1981 to Dec 23, 1982. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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