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H.R.1962: Free Flow of Information Act of 2013

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about law
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Sponsor Ted Poe, R-Texas
Total Cosponsors 56 (38 Democrats, 20 Republicans)
Introduced May 14, 2013
Latest Major Action June 14, 2013
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Bill Summary

Free Flow of Information Act of 2013 - Prohibits a federal entity (an entity or employee of the judicial or executive branch or an administrative agency of the federal government), in any matter arising under federal law, from compelling a covered person to testify or produce any document related to information obtained or created as part of engaging in journalism unless a court makes specified determinations by a preponderance of the evidence, including determinations that: (1) alternative sources have been exhausted; (2) the testimony or document sought is critical to the investigation, prosecution, or defense of a crime or the successful completion of a noncriminal matter; (3) disclosure of an information source's identity is necessary to prevent an act of terrorism, harm to national security, imminent death, significant bodily harm or to identify a person who has disclosed a trade secret, individually identifiable health information, or certain nonpublic personal information;...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
June 14, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
June 14, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, and the Internet.
May 14, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.