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S.987: Free Flow of Information 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 Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y.
Total Cosponsors 28 (23 Democrats, 1 Independent, 4 Republicans)
Introduced May 16, 2013
Latest Major Action Nov. 6, 2013
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Bill Summary

Free Flow of Information Act of 2013 - (Sec. 2) Prohibits a federal entity (an entity or employee of the judicial or executive branch or an administrative agency of the federal government with the power to issue a subpoena or other compulsory process), in any proceeding or in connection with any issue arising under federal law, from compelling a covered journalist to disclose protected information, unless a U.S. judge in the jurisdiction where the compulsory process has been or would be issued determines, after providing notice and an opportunity for the journalist to be heard, that all reasonable alternative sources have been exhausted and that separate specified conditions have been met depending on whether the matter is a criminal investigation or prosecution. (Thus, establishes a qualified privilege for journalists to withhold confidential information unless a judge makes a determination to compel disclosure under conditions that apply differently in criminal and civil matter...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Nov. 6, 2013 Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 238.
Nov. 6, 2013 Committee on the Judiciary. Reported by Senator Leahy with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 113-118. Additional and Minority views filed.
Sept. 12, 2013 Committee on the Judiciary. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
Aug. 1, 2013 Committee on the Judiciary. Committee consideration and Mark Up Session held.
May 16, 2013 Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.