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S.2317: Safety Over Secrecy Act of 2014

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Sponsor Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I.
Total Cosponsors 0
Introduced May 12, 2014
Latest Major Action May 12, 2014
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Bill Summary

Safety Over Secrecy Act of 2014 - Amends the federal judicial code to prohibit courts, except when balancing confidentiality interests against public awareness interests in response to a party's motion, from approving or ordering the enforcement of any provision of a settlement agreement in a civil suit if: (1) a pleading in the suit alleges facts relevant to protecting the public from a hazard to public safety or health; and (2) the provision prohibits a party from disclosing settlement terms (other than the amount of any money paid under the settlement) or from discussing the suit, evidence produced in the suit, or the hazard to public safety or health.

Defines "hazard to public safety or health" as an activity, substance, or condition that has a potential to cause harm to the health or safety of the public.

Authorizes a court, upon a motion by a party to the settlement agreement, to approve or order enforcement of such a provision if: (1) the public i...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
May 12, 2014 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.