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Federal Bills S. 1279 — The Freedom to Pray Act prohibits the federal government from revoking or withholding financial aid on the basis of religious activities. Filed July 11, 2013, by U.S. Sen. Mary Kay Landrieu (D-La.).
H.R. 2826 — Inmates cannot collect unemployment while behind bars. Filed July 25, 2013, by U.S. Rep. David Reichert (R-Wash.).
S. 1648 — Recommends Americans observe two minutes of silence on Memorial Day, beginning at 1 p.m. Central time, in honor of the members of the U.S. Armed Forces. Filed Nov. 5, 2013, by U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) and three cosponsors including U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
S. 1693 — Extends the enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) until May 31, 2014, or until Health and Human Services corrects problems in the enrollment process. Filed Nov. 13, 2013, by U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).
H.R. 3452 and S. 1721 — The Furthering Access and Networks for Sports (FANS) Act of 2013 would reduce televised sports blackouts. Sports leagues could no longer blackout home games when local stadiums fail to sell out most or all tickets 72 hours in advance of a game, or else risk losing their antitrust exemption. H.R. 3452 filed Nov. 12 by U.S. Rep. Brian Higgins (D-N.Y.). S. 1721 filed Nov. 18 by Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.).
S. 1546 — Strengthens K-12 school procedures for preventing, detecting, and treating student-athletes who suffer concussions while competing. The bill includes a “When in doubt, sit out” policy that requires students suspected of sustaining a concussion to end their participation in the athletic event for the remainder of the day. Filed Sept. 25, 2013, by U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
H.R. 3550 and S. 1738 — The Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act would protect human trafficking victims by increasing law enforcement resources, enhancing victim services and increasing penalties for sexual exploitation and human trafficking. H.R. 3550 filed Nov. 19, 2013, by U.S. Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas). S. 1738 filed Nov. 19 by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) and four cosponsors including U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.).
—Compiled by Tom Collins
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