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 Happy New Year!  LIS enters its 41st year of providing legislative history materials and documents for all 50 states and federal legislation and regulations.  Our attorneys and research staff are at your service in the 21st Century as your legislative historians. 

 Last Gasp of the 113th Congress:  Less than 300 bills were enacted into law during the 113th Congress, which was one of the least productive Congresses in Congressional history.  One of the last federal bills signed in the 113th Congress was H.R. 5771, the “Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014.”  This bill was introduced on December 1, 2014 by Rep. Dave Camp and signed into law on December 19, 2014.  Another bill signed in December was H.R. 3979, the “Carl Levin and Howard P. ‘Buck’ McKeon National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015.”  This bill originally was introduced as the “Protecting Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Responders Act” on January 31, 2014 and intended to amend the Internal Revenue Code to ensure that emergency services volunteers are not taken into account as employees under the shared responsibility requirements contained in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  On April 7, 2014, while in the Senate, H.R. 3979 became the “Emergency Unemployment Compensation Extension Act of 2014.”  This change lasted eight months until December 4, 2014 when the content of the bill was gutted and amended to insert the National Defense Authorization Act.  There were quite a few bills related to this last topic of H.R. 3979, but based on the 1,648-page Rules Committee Print of December 2, 2014, one could begin with S. 1847.  After the House agreed to the amendment to H.R. 3979, the President signed it into law on December 19, 2014. 

And The 114th Congress Begins . . .   Thus far in mid-January, the newly-commenced 114th Congress has produced one successful bill, H.R. 26, entitled the “Terrorism Risk Insurance Program Reauthorization Act of 2015” carried by Rep. Randy Neugebauer.  He introduced H.R. 26 on January 6, 2015 to extend the termination date of the Terrorism Insurance Program established under the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act of 2002.  The President signed this bill into law on January 12, 2015. 

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