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    Secret Law

    The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on the Constitution held a hearing on the Bush administration’s increasing reliance on secret law and the threat it posed to democratic and…

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    Federal Death Penalty

    Witnesses testified about the application of the federal death penalty. Topics included federal jurisdiction in a locality such as Puerto Rico that has outlawed capital punishment, the…

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    Electoral College Reform

    The subcommittee heard testimony about the electoral college and its relationship with presidential elections. Both committee members and witnesses offered ideas for changes in the…

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    Restricting Assault Weapons

    This session follows the Stockton, California playground massacre in which a number of children were killed and injured by an individual using an assault rifle. The bill under…

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    Affirmative Action

    Committee members heard testimony about the reasons for and impact of affirmative action programs in U.S. society. Several witnesses testified about whether affirmative action programs…

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    Violence in Television Programming

    The subcommittee heard testimony from representatives of the television and entertainment industries on the issue of violence in television programming, particularly in juvenile…

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    Violence in Television Programming

    The subcommittee heard testimony from witnesses on the violent content of current television programming and its effect on American children. The witnesses testified on the Television…

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    Handgun Waiting Period, Part 2

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    Balanced Budget Amendment

    Witnesses testified on a proposed constitutional amendment to balance the federal budget. Senator Paul Simon, who chaired this hearing, is the chief sponsor of the balanced budget…

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    Guns and Drugs

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    Judiciary and Taxation

    The subcommittee examined legislation that would prevent courts from imposing or raising taxes. The hearing followed a 1990 Supreme Court decision upholding a property tax increase…

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    Handgun Waiting Period, Part 1

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    Tax Limitation Amendment Part 1

    Committee members heard testimony on S.J. Res 8, a proposed amendment to the U.S. Constitution which would require a “super majority” two-thirds vote in Congress to pass…

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    Balanced Budget Amendment

    Witnesses testified at hearings held by Senator Simon. This is one of a series of hearings being held by Senator Simon who endorses and cosponsors the current balanced budget amendment…

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    Tax Limitation Amendment Part 2

    Committee members heard testimony on S.J. Res. 8, a proposed amendment to the Constitution to prohibit retroactive increases in taxes. The amendment would require a “super…

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