Bills Introduced: 30 public bills, H.R. 3669-3698, and 4 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 252-255, were introduced. Pages H508-10… read more
Bills Introduced: 30 public bills, H.R. 3669-3698, and 4 resolutions, H. Con. Res. 252-255, were introduced.
Reports Filed: No Reports were filed today.
Journal: Agreed to the Speaker’s approval of the Journal of February 15 by a yea and nay vote of 354 yeas to 46 nays, Roll No. 22.
Guest Chaplain: The prayer was offered by the Guest Chaplain the Rev. Dr. Ronald F. Christian of Fairfax, Virginia.
Millennium Digital Commerce Act--E-SIGN: The House passed S. 761, to regulate interstate commerce by electronic means by permitting and encouraging the continued expansion of electronic commerce through the operation of free market forces, after amending it to contain the text of H. R. 1714, Electronic Signatures in Global and National Commerce Act. The House insisted on its amendments and requested a conference.
Appointed as conferees: Chairman Bliley and Representatives Tauzin, Oxley, Dingel, and Markey.
Small Business Liability Reform Act of 2000: The House passed H.R. 2366, to provide small businesses certain protections from litigation excesses and to limit the product liability of nonmanufacturer product sellers by a recorded vote of 221 ayes to 193 noes, Roll No. 25.
Hutchinson amendment that allows the court to exceed punitive damage caps if it finds clear and convincing evidence that the defendant acted with specific intent to cause harm;
Moran of Virginia amendment that defines punitive damage as those awarded to punish or deter others from engaging in similar behavior and does not include any civil penalties, fines, or treble damages assessed by a State or Federal government agency; and
Watt of North Carolina amendment that strikes language to preclude Federal court jurisdiction over D98claims dealing with the interference in interstate commerce and antitrust.
Conyers amendment that sought to change the definition of small business to those with revenues, in each of the last two years, of $5 million or less; apply product liability protections to small retailers only; limits cap on punitive damages to product liability; define hate crime as those where a defendant selects a victim or victim’s property based on actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ethnicity, gender, disability, or sexual orientation; and allows States to opt out of the Federal damages cap through legislation or voter initiative (rejected by a recorded vote of 178 ayes to 237 noes, Roll No. 24).
Agreed to H. Res. 423, the rule that provided for consideration of the bill by a yea and nay vote of 223 yeas to 187 nays, Roll No. 23.
Resignations--Appointments: Agreed that notwithstanding any adjournment of the House until Tuesday, February 29, 2000, the Speaker, Majority leader and Minority leader be authorized to accept resignations and to make appointments.
Calendar Wednesday: Agreed that the Calendar Wednesday business be dispensed with on Wednesday, March 1, 2000.
Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group: The Chair announced the Speaker’s appointment of Representative Houghton, as Chairman, to the Canada-United States Interparliamentary Group.
Speaker Pro Tempore: Read a letter from the Speaker wherein he designated Representative Morella to act as Speaker pro tempore to sign enrolled bills and joint resolutions through February 29, 2000.
Quorum Calls--Votes: Two yea and nay votes and two recorded votes developed during the proceedings of the House and appear on pages H457-58, H463, H484-85, and H485. There were no quorum calls.
Adjournment: The House met at 10:00 a.m. and pursuant to S. Con. Res. 80, the House adjourned at 5:19 p.m. until 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, February 29, 2000, for morning-hour debate. close
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