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H.R.3332: State Secrets Protection Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about law
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Sponsor Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.
Total Cosponsors 8 (6 Democrats, 2 Republicans)
Introduced Oct. 23, 2013
Latest Major Action Jan. 27, 2014
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Bill Summary

State Secrets Protection Act - Declares that in any civil action brought in federal or state court, the government has a privilege to refuse to give information and to prevent any person from giving information only if the government shows that public disclosure of the information that the government seeks to protect would be reasonably likely to cause significant harm to the national defense or the diplomatic relations of the United States.

Requires the court to take steps, which may include in camera and ex parte hearings and other security procedures, to protect sensitive information that comes before it.

Sets forth the court's authority regarding the participation of counsel, appointment of a guardian ad litem to represent an absent litigant's interests, and the disclosure of information when it presents a risk of harm. Provides for court-ordered presentation of adequate or nonprivileged substitutes (redacted copies, summary of information, stipulation of facts...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Jan. 27, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations.
Jan. 27, 2014 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Constitution and Civil Justice.
Oct. 23, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.