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H.R.917: Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2013

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about law
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Sponsor Steve King, R-Iowa
Total Cosponsors 5 (3 Democrats, 2 Republicans)
Introduced Feb. 28, 2013
Latest Major Action Dec. 3, 2014
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Bill Summary

Sunshine in the Courtroom Act of 2013 - Authorizes the presiding judge of a U.S. appellate court (including the Supreme Court) or U.S. district court to permit the photographing, electronic recording, broadcasting, or televising to the public of court proceedings over which that judge presides, except when such action would constitute a violation of the due process rights of any party.

Directs: (1) a district court, upon the request of any witness in a trial proceeding other than a party, to order the face and voice of the witness to be disguised or otherwise obscured to render the witness unrecognizable for purposes of photographing, recording, broadcasting, or televising the witness; and (2) the presiding judge in a trial proceeding to inform each witness who is not a party of the right to make such request.

Authorizes the Judicial Conference to promulgate mandatory guidelines with respect to the management and administration of photographing, recording, broadcas...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 3, 2014 Subcommittee Hearings Held.
April 8, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Courts, Intellectual Property, And The Internet.
Feb. 28, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.