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H.R.3159: Ensuring Adversarial Process in the FISA Court Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about crime and law enforcement
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Sponsor Adam B. Schiff, D-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 2 (All Democrats)
Introduced Sept. 20, 2013
Latest Major Action Jan. 9, 2014
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Bill Summary

Ensuring Adversarial Process in the FISA Court Act - Amends the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act of 2004 to require the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board (an independent agency that reviews executive branch actions taken to protect the nation from terrorism in order to ensure a balance with privacy and civil liberties) to appoint: (1) attorneys to serve as public interest advocates in proceedings before the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC), a judge of the petition review pool, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review (FISCR), and the Supreme Court under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA); and (2) technical and subject-matter experts (including experts of computer networks, telecommunications, encryption, and cybersecurity), not employed by the federal government, to be available to assist such advocates in performing their duties.

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(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Jan. 9, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Jan. 9, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
Sept. 20, 2013 Referred to House Intelligence (Permanent)
Sept. 20, 2013 Referred to House Judiciary