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Computer Science: Important Legislative Initiatives: Misc. Legislation

Proposed Bills

These bills are still being considered and have not yet been voted into law.

Internet Gambling Regulation and Tax Enforcement Act of 2011

Goal of the Bill:

Latest Major Action:

6/16/2011 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the Committee on Ways and Means, and in addition to the Committee on Education and the Workforce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.


Internet Freedom Act

Goal of the Bill:

To prohibit the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) from enacting rules that would regulate the Internet.

Latest Major Action:

5/23/2011 Senate committee/subcommittee actions. Status: Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs. Hearings held.


Passed Legistlation

These bills have been passed and have become laws.

Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act

Goal of the Bill:

To facilitate the use of electronic records and signatures in interstate and foreign commerce by ensuring the validity and legal effect of contracts entered into electronically.

Latest Major Action:

Became Public Law No: 106-229


Telecommunications Act of 1996 (aka Communications Decency Act)

Goal of the Bill:

To regulate indecency/ pornography on the internet . Also, Section 230 determines service providers are not liable for information provided by another content provider.

Latest Major Action:

Reno v. ACLU: Supreme Court struck down the portions of the CDA relating to indecency.  It was ruled unconstitutional under the First Amendment in 1997.

Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

Goal of the Bill:

Latest Major Action:

Amended significantly in 1994, 1996, and 2001, and remains the backbone of federal Internet law.

Freedom of Information Act Amendments of 2007

Goal of the Bill:

Latest Major Action:

3/15/2007 Referred to Senate committee. Status: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs.

Dropped Legislation

These bills were either never passed, or else were passed and then later removed.