Bill Sponsor
House Bill 4250
118th Congress(2023-2024)
Protect Reporters from Exploitative State Spying Act
Active
Active
Passed House on Jan 18, 2024
Overview
Text
Introduced
Jun 21, 2023
Latest Action
Jan 22, 2024
Origin Chamber
House
Type
Bill
Bill
The primary form of legislative measure used to propose law. Depending on the chamber of origin, bills begin with a designation of either H.R. or S. Joint resolution is another form of legislative measure used to propose law.
Bill Number
4250
Congress
118
Policy Area
Science, Technology, Communications
Science, Technology, Communications
Primary focus of measure is natural sciences, space exploration, research policy and funding, research and development, STEM education, scientific cooperation and communication; technology policies, telecommunication, information technology; digital media, journalism. Measures concerning scientific education may fall under Education policy area.
Sponsorship by Party
Republican
California
Democrat
California
Republican
California
Republican
California
Republican
California
Democrat
California
Democrat
California
Democrat
District of Columbia
Democrat
Maryland
Democrat
Michigan
Republican
North Dakota
Republican
South Carolina
Republican
Virginia
House Votes (2)
Senate Votes (0)
Status
Passed
Type
Voice Vote
Voice Vote
A vote in which the presiding officer states the question, then asks those in favor and against to say "Yea" or "Nay," respectively, and announces the result according to his or her judgment. The names or numbers of senators voting on each side are not recorded.
Passed/agreed to in House On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
Summary

Protect Reporters from Exploitative State Spying Act or the PRESS Act

This bill prohibits the federal government from compelling journalists and providers of telecommunications services (e.g., phone and internet companies) to disclose certain protected information, except in limited circumstances such as to prevent terrorism or imminent violence.

Specifically, the bill protects from disclosure any information identifying a source, as well as any records, contents of a communication, documents, or information obtained or created by journalists in the course of their work.

Further, the bill protects specified third parties, such as telecommunications carriers or social media companies, from being compelled to provide testimony or any document consisting of a record, information, or other communication that is stored by the third party on behalf of a journalist.

Text (4)
January 22, 2024
January 18, 2024
December 5, 2023
June 21, 2023
Actions (19)
01/22/2024
Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
01/18/2024
Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
01/18/2024
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: 1/16/2024 CR H143)
01/18/2024
On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
01/18/2024
Passed/agreed to in House On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: 1/16/2024 CR H143)
01/18/2024
Passed/agreed to in House On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
01/18/2024
Considered as unfinished business. (consideration: CR H229)
01/18/2024
Considered as unfinished business.
01/16/2024
At the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Kiley objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed. The point of no quorum was considered as withdrawn.
01/16/2024
DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 4250.
01/16/2024
Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H143-145)
01/16/2024
Considered under suspension of the rules.
01/16/2024
Mr. Kiley moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
12/05/2023
Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 242.
12/05/2023
Reported by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 118-299.
07/19/2023
Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held
07/19/2023
Ordered to be Reported by the Yeas and Nays: 23 - 0.
06/21/2023
Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
06/21/2023
Introduced in House
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H.R.4250 118 PRESS Act
Public Record
Record Updated
Apr 16, 2024 9:56:11 PM