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H.R.2711: Citizen Empowerment Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about government operations and politics
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Sponsor Lynn Jenkins, R-Kan.
Total Cosponsors 5 (All Republicans)
Introduced July 17, 2013
Latest Major Action Aug. 1, 2013
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Bill Summary

Citizen Empowerment Act - States that the purpose of this Act is to ensure that individuals have the right to record in-person and telephonic interactions with executive agency employees and that they are notified of such right when they are the target of an enforcement action (e.g., audit, investigation, inspection, or action that could result in criminal or civil fines or the collection of unpaid tax).

Provides that participation by an employee, acting in an official capacity, in an in-person or telephonic interaction shall constitute consent by such employee to a recording of that interaction by any participant in the interaction.

Requires written notice to an individual or a representative of the right to record conversations involving an enforcement action.

Makes any employee who violates the requirements of this Act subject to disciplinary action.

Requires: (1) each executive agency to post on its website information explaining the right of ind...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Aug. 1, 2013 Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 322, H.R. 2711 is laid on the table.
July 31, 2013 At the conclusion of debate, the Yeas and Nays were demanded and ordered. Pursuant to the provisions of clause 8, rule XX, the Chair announced that further proceedings on the motion would be postponed.
July 31, 2013 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 2711.
July 31, 2013 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H5188-5193; text of measure as reported in House: CR H5188)
July 31, 2013 Mr. Issa moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
July 30, 2013 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 132.
July 30, 2013 Committee on Judiciary discharged.
July 30, 2013 Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. H. Rept. 113-184, Part I.
July 30, 2013 Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Discharged.
July 24, 2013 Ordered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
July 24, 2013 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
July 18, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
July 17, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary
July 17, 2013 Referred to House Oversight and Government Reform