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Removes cannabis from the schedules of controlled substances, directs federal courts to expunge certain cannabis-related convictions, and establishes a trust fund for reinvestment in communities adversely affected by the past enforcement actions for drug offenses.

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Jan 15 2020
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Nov 21 2019
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Defines the word “entity” as used in cybersecurity and infrastructure security law, requires the provision of grants to those entities for cybersecurity and infrastructure security activities, and requires federal coordination with those entities on cybersecurity measures.

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Nov 21 2019
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Senate
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Nov 20 2019
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Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)

Requires the executive branch to develop a strategy for securing 5G technologies in the US, assisting US allies in maximizing 5G technology security, and protecting industry competitiveness and consumer privacy.

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Nov 20 2019
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Raises the legal age at which entities can sell and market tobacco products from 18 to 21 and imposes new restrictions on the advertising and marketing of tobacco products.

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Nov 19 2019
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Nov 19 2019
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House of Representatives

Amends the Social Security Act to direct the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid to make separate payments for non-opioid pain-management treatments in outpatient surgical procedures.

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Nov 19 2019
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Describes developments in nanotechnology for health care and highlights their unique regulatory challenges.

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Nov 18 2019
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European Commission

Requires law enforcement agents to obtain a court order in order to use facial recognition technology in public spaces to surveil individuals for more than three days.

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Nov 14 2019
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Senate

Provides that EPA should whenever possible rely on studies for which all underlying data and models are publicly available to promulgate "significant regulatory decisions," and assigns lower weight to the evidence, findings and conclusions of any studies that are based on confidential information that cannot be publicly disclosed. 

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Jan 21 2020
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Nov 11 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Requires scientists conducting National Institutes of Health-funded research to create plans for managing and sharing scientific data produced as a result of that research.

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Jan 10 2020
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Nov 8 2019
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National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Directs the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the National Science Foundation to conduct and promote external research on the security, integrity, and accessibility of voting systems, and updates the definition of a “voting system” in the US Code.

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Nov 8 2019
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Requires carbon monoxide alarms and detectors in federally assisted housing programs, including those for the elderly, the disabled, and rural communities.

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Nov 7 2019
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House of Representatives

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Proposes that SAB review the scientific and technical basis underlying the approach to incorporating co-benefits into regulatory analyses. 

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Apr 25 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Proposes that SAB review the scientific and technical basis underlying the approach to incorporating co-benefits into regulatory analyses. 

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Apr 25 2019
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Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

Requires that within two years, the Federal Trade Commission will require entities under the Commission's jurisdiction to conduct impact assessments of their high-risk automated decision systems and data protection plans dealing with consumers' personal data. 

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Apr 10 2019
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Senate

Directs several Federal agencies and offices to establish inter-agency and multi-stakeholder advisory committee, research initiatives, and strategic planning pertaining to the Nation's use, research, and development of AI.

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Apr 10 2019
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House of Representatives

Bipartisan bill that would expand an existing tax credit in the Internal Revenue Code for new plug-in electric drive motor vehicles to an additional 400,000 vehicles, and extend the (expired) tax credit for new fuel cell motor vehicles through 2028.

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Apr 9 2019
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Senate

Prohibits use of federal funds toward withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement and requires development of an agreement compliance plan. 

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Apr 3 2019
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House of Representatives

Seeks comment on needed updates to FERC's electric transmission incentives regulations and policy under the Energy Policy Act of 2005, last updated in 2012, in light of the evolution in electric power generation, the number of new resources seeking transmission service, shifts in load patterns, and the increased emphasis on reliability that have occurred in the past seven years.

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Jun 25 2019
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Mar 28 2019
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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC)

Resolves that it is the duty of the federal government to create a Green New Deal that will achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions, create millions of good, high-wage jobs, to invest in US infrastructure and industry to sustainably meet current challenges, and to secure clean air and water, climate and community resiliency, healthy food, access to nature, and a sustainable environment.

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Mar 26 2019
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Senate

Seeks condemnation and cessation of the mass arbitrary detention of Turkic Muslims in the Xinjian Uighur Region of China by means of imposing controls of US's exports of surveillance advanced technologies such as artificial intelligence, quantum computing, and biometric technologies.

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Mar 22 2019
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House of Representatives

Holds that National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) requires the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to take climate change into account when evaluating the environmental impacts of granting oil and gas leases. 

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Apr 8 2019
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Mar 19 2019
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Judicial

Revises a set of 2015 conservation management plans by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and US Forest Service (USFS) to protect sage grouse habitat on federal land in several western states, reopening the habitat to oil and gas drilling. 

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Mar 15 2019
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Bureau of Land Management (BLM)

Updates enforcement guidelines meant to limit teenage use of electronic cigarettes, including to require pre-market approval of all flavored e-cigarette devices by August 2021 and more strictly enforcing age verification methods for individuals who purchase these products.

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Apr 30 2019
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Mar 14 2019
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

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