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Y2K Act (Identified by CRS)
Y2K Dispute Resolution bill (Identified by CRS)

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Y2K Act

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Y2K Act

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A bill to regulate commerce between and among the several States by providing for the orderly resolution of disputes arising out of computer-based problems related to processing data that includes a 2-digit expression of that year's date.


Actions Overview (2)

Date Actions Overview
03/10/1999Committee on Commerce. Reported to Senate by Senator McCain with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 106-10. Minority views filed.
01/19/1999Introduced in Senate

All Actions (106)

Date All Actions
02/10/2000Indefinitely postponed by Senate by Unanimous Consent.
Action By: Senate
06/15/1999Returned to the Calendar. Calendar No. 34. (consideration: CR S6998)
Action By: Senate
06/15/1999Senate passed companion measure H.R. 775 in lieu of this measure by Yea-Nay Vote. 62-37. Record Vote No: 165.
Action By: Senate
06/15/1999Senate incorporated this measure in H.R. 775 as an amendment. (consideration: CR S6998)
Action By: Senate
06/15/1999S.Amdt.608 Amendment SP 608 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Action By: Senate
06/15/1999S.Amdt.624 Amendment SP 624 as modified agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 71-28. Record Vote No: 164.
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06/15/1999S.Amdt.623 Amendment SP 623 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
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06/15/1999S.Amdt.608 Considered by Senate.
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06/15/1999S.Amdt.624 Considered by Senate.
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06/15/1999S.Amdt.623 Considered by Senate.
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06/15/1999Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S6975-6998)
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06/10/1999S.Amdt.624 Proposed by Senator Gregg to Amendment SP 608. To provide for the suspension of penalties for certain year 2000 failures by small business concerns.
Action By: Senate
06/10/1999S.Amdt.623 Proposed by Senator Sessions to Amendment SP 608. To permit evidence of communications with state and federal regulators to be admissible in class action lawsuits.
Action By: Senate
06/10/1999S.Amdt.622 Amendment SP 622 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Action By: Senate
06/10/1999S.Amdt.622 Proposed by Senator Gorton for Senator Inhofe to Amendment SP 608. To provide regulatory amnesty for defendants, including States and local governments, that are unable to comply with a federally enforceable measurement or reporting requirement because of factors related to a Y2K system failure.
Action By: Senate
06/10/1999S.Amdt.621 Motion to table SP 621 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 66-32. Record Vote No: 163.
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06/10/1999S.Amdt.621 Proposed by Senator Boxer to Amendment SP 608. To ensure that manufacturers provide Y2K fixes if available.
Action By: Senate
06/10/1999S.Amdt.620 Amendment SP 620 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 36-62. Record Vote No: 161.
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06/10/1999S.Amdt.619 Amendment SP 619 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 41-57. Record Vote No: 161.
Action By: Senate
06/10/1999S.Amdt.620 Proposed by Senator Edwards to Amendment SP 608. To provide that certain companies, selling non-Y2K-compliant products beginning in 1999, not be included under the protections as outlined in the substitute amendment.
Action By: Senate
06/10/1999S.Amdt.619 Proposed by Senator Edwards to Amendment SP 608. To provide that a party to a Y2K action making a tort claim may only recover for economic losses to the extent allowed under applicable state or federal law in effect on January 1, 1999.
Action By: Senate
06/10/1999S.Amdt.612 Amendment as modified agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
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06/10/1999S.Amdt.608 Considered by Senate.
Action By: Senate
06/10/1999S.Amdt.612 Considered by Senate.
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06/10/1999Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S6815-6835-37, S6837-6853)
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.611 Amendment SP 611 not agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 32-65. Record Vote No: 160.
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.611 Proposed by Senator Leahy to Amendment SP 608. To exclude consumers from the Act's restrictions on seeking redress for the harm caused by Y2K computer failures.
Action By: Senate
06/09/1999S.Amdt.610 Motion to table SP 610 agreed to in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 57-41. Record Vote No: 159.
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.612 Proposed by Senator Bennett for Senator Murkowski to Amendment SP 608. To require manufacturers receiving notice of a Y2K failure to give priority to notices that involve health and safety related failures.
Action By: Senate
06/09/1999S.Amdt.610 Proposed by Senator Kerry to Amendment SP 608. To regulate interstate commerce by making provision for dealing with losses arising from Year 2000 Problem-related failures that may disrupt communications, intermodal transportation, and other matters affecting interstate commerce.
Action By: Senate
06/09/1999S.Amdt.609 Amendment SP 609 agreed to in Senate by Voice Vote.
Action By: Senate
06/09/1999S.Amdt.609 Proposed by Senator Allard to Amendment SP 608. To provide that nothing in this Act shall be construed to affect the applicability of any Statelaw (in effect on the date of enactment of this Act) that provides greater limits on damages and liabilities than are provides greater limits on damages and liabilities than are provided in this Act.
Action By: Senate
06/09/1999S.Amdt.295 Proposed amendment SP 295 withdrawn in Senate.
Action By: Senate
06/09/1999S.Amdt.294 Proposed amendment SP 294 withdrawn in Senate.
Action By: Senate
06/09/1999Motion by Senator Lott to recommit to Senate Committee on Commerce withdrawn in Senate by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S6733-6781)
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.271 Proposed amendment SP 271 withdrawn in Senate.
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.270 Proposed amendment SP 270 withdrawn in Senate.
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.269 Proposed amendment SP 269 withdrawn in Senate.
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.268 Proposed amendment SP 268 withdrawn in Senate.
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.267 Proposed amendment SP 267 withdrawn in Senate.
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.268 Considered by Senate. By Unanimous Consent.
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.295 Considered by Senate. By Unanimous Consent.
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.269 Considered by Senate. By Unanimous Consent.
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.267 Considered by Senate. By Unanimous Consent.
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.271 Considered by Senate. By Unanimous Consent.
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.270 Considered by Senate. By Unanimous Consent.
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.294 Considered by Senate. By Unanimous Consent.
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06/09/1999S.Amdt.608 Proposed by Senator McCain. In the nature of a substitute.
Action By: Senate
06/08/1999Cloture motion withdrawn by unanimous consent in Senate.
Action By: Senate
06/07/1999Motion to proceed to consideration of measure withdrawn in Senate. (consideration: CR S6462)
Action By: Senate
06/07/1999Third cloture motion on motion to proceed to the bill presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S6462)
Action By: Senate
06/07/1999Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (consideration: CR S6461-6452)
Action By: Senate
05/18/1999Cloture on the motion to proceed not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 53-45. Record Vote No: 120. (consideration: CR S5442)
Action By: Senate
05/18/1999Motion to proceed considered in the Senate. (consideration: CR S5437-5443, S5460)
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05/17/1999Motion to proceed considered in the Senate. (consideration: CR S5394)
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05/14/1999Second cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the bill presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S5333)
Action By: Senate
05/14/1999Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (consideration: CR S5333-5335)
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05/04/1999Returned to the Calendar. Calendar No. 34.
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04/29/1999S.Amdt.267 Cloture on the McCain amendment (SP 267) not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 52-47. Record Vote No: 95.
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04/29/1999Cloture on the McCain amendment (SP 267) not invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 52-47. Record Vote No: 95. (consideration: CR S4413)
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04/29/1999S.Amdt.270 Considered by Senate.
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04/29/1999S.Amdt.268 Considered by Senate.
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04/29/1999S.Amdt.295 Considered by Senate.
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04/29/1999S.Amdt.269 Considered by Senate.
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04/29/1999S.Amdt.267 Considered by Senate.
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04/29/1999S.Amdt.271 Considered by Senate.
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04/29/1999S.Amdt.294 Considered by Senate.
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04/29/1999Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S4404-4417)
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04/28/1999S.Amdt.295 Proposed by Senator Lott to Amendment SP 294. In the nature of a substitute.
Action By: Senate
04/28/1999S.Amdt.294 Proposed by Senator Lott. To regulate interstate commerce by making provision for dealing with losses arising from year 2000 problem-related failures that may disrupt communications, intermodel transportation, and other matters affecting interstate commerce.
Action By: Senate
04/28/1999Motion by Senator Lott to recommit to Senate Committee on Commerce with instructions made in Senate.
Action By: Senate
04/28/1999S.Amdt.292 SP 291, SP 292, SP 293 fell when the Kennedy motion to commit was tabled.
Action By: Senate
04/28/1999S.Amdt.293 SP 291, SP 292, SP 293 fell when the Kennedy motion to commit was tabled.
Action By: Senate
04/28/1999S.Amdt.291 SP 291, SP 292, SP 293 fell when the Kennedy motion to commit was tabled.
Action By: Senate
04/28/1999Motion by Senator Kennedy to commit to Senate Committee on HELP tabled in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 55-44. Record Vote No: 94.
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04/28/1999S.Amdt.293 Proposed by Senator McCain for Senator Lott to Amendment SP 292. To regulate interstate commerce by making provision for dealing with losses arising from year 2000 problem-related failures that may disrupt communications, intermodel transportation, and other matters affecting interstate commerce.
Action By: Senate
04/28/1999Cloture motion on the Kennedy motion to recommit presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S4328)
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04/28/1999S.Amdt.292 Proposed by Senator McCain to Amendment SP 291. In the nature of a substitute.
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04/28/1999S.Amdt.291 Proposed by Senator Kennedy. To provide for an increase in the minimum wage.
Action By: Senate
04/28/1999Motion by Senator Kennedy to commit to Senate Committee on HELP with instructions to report back forthwith with an amendment (SP 291) made in Senate.
Action By: Senate
04/28/1999S.Amdt.270 Considered by Senate.
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04/28/1999S.Amdt.268 Considered by Senate.
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04/28/1999S.Amdt.269 Considered by Senate.
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04/28/1999S.Amdt.267 Considered by Senate.
Action By: Senate
04/28/1999Considered by Senate. (consideration: CR S4325-4330)
Action By: Senate
04/28/1999S.Amdt.271 Considered by Senate.
Action By: Senate
04/27/1999S.Amdt.271 Proposed by Senator Lott to Amendment SP 270. To regulate interstate commerce by making provision for dealing with losses arising from year 2000 problem-related failures that may disrupt communications, intermodel transportation, and other matters affecting interstate commerce.
Action By: Senate
04/27/1999S.Amdt.270 Proposed by Senator Lott to Amendment SP 267. To regulate interstate commerce by making provision for dealing with losses arising from year 2000 problem-related failures that may disrupt communications, intermodel transportation, and other matters affecting interstate commerce.
Action By: Senate
04/27/1999S.Amdt.269 Proposed by Senator Lott to Amendment SP 268. To regulate interstate commerce by making provision for dealing with losses arising from year 2000 problem-related failures that may disrupt communications, intermodal transportation, and other matters affecting interstate commerce.
Action By: Senate
04/27/1999S.Amdt.268 Proposed by Senator Lott to Amendment SP 267. To regulate interstate commerce by making provision for dealing with losses arising from year 2000 problem related failures that may disrupt communications, intermodel transportation, and other matters affecting interstate commerce.
Action By: Senate
04/27/1999S.Amdt.267 Cloture motion on the McCain Amendment (SP 267) presented in Senate.
Action By: Senate
04/27/1999Cloture motion on the McCain Amendment (SP 267) presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S4232)
Action By: Senate
04/27/1999S.Amdt.267 Proposed by Senator McCain. To regulate interstate commerce by making provision for dealing with losses arising from Year 2000 Problem-related failures that may disrupt communications, intermodal transportation, and other matters affecting interstate commerce.
Action By: Senate
04/27/1999The committee substitute was withdrawn.
Action By: Senate
04/27/1999Measure laid before Senate by unanimous consent. (consideration: CR S4218-4240)
Action By: Senate
04/26/1999Cloture on motion to proceed invoked in Senate by Yea-Nay Vote. 94-0. Record Vote No: 91. (consideration: CR S4168)
Action By: Senate
04/26/1999Motion to proceed considered in the Senate. (consideration: CR S4160-4168)
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04/22/1999Cloture motion on the motion to proceed to the bill presented in Senate. (consideration: CR S4092)
Action By: Senate
04/22/1999Motion to proceed to consideration of measure made in Senate. (consideration: CR S4092-4099)
Action By: Senate
03/10/1999Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 34.
Action By: Senate
03/10/1999Committee on Commerce. Reported to Senate by Senator McCain with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 106-10. Minority views filed.
03/03/1999Committee on Commerce. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
02/24/1999Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S1913)
Action By: Senate
02/09/1999Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation. Hearings held. Hearings printed: S.Hrg. 106-429.
01/19/1999Read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce.
Action By: Senate
01/19/1999Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR S530-531)
Action By: Senate

Cosponsors (1)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Sen. Frist, William H. [R-TN] 01/20/1999

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation01/19/1999 Referred to
02/09/1999 Hearings by
03/03/1999 Markup by
03/10/1999 Reported by S. Rept. 106-10

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Reported to Senate with amendment(s) (03/10/1999)

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

Title I: Opportunity to Resolve Y2K Problems

Title II: Y2K Actions Involving Contract-Related Claims

Title III: Y2K Actions Involving Tort Claims

Title IV: Y2K Class Actions

Y2K Act - Makes this Act: (1) applicable to any Y2K action brought in a Federal or State court after February 22, 1999: and (2) inapplicable to a claim for personal injury or wrongful death. Preempts inconsistent State law.

Mandates that, in any Y2K action in which punitive damages may be awarded under applicable State law, the defendant shall not be liable unless the plaintiff proves that the defendant acted with conscious and flagrant disregard for the rights and property of others.

Limits punitive damages awarded in such an action to: (1) the larger of three times the amount awarded for actual damages or $250,000; or (2) the smaller of such amounts in the case of an individual whose net worth does not exceed $500,000 or an entity employing less than 25 full-time employees. Prohibits punitive damages from being awarded against government entities.

Title I: Opportunity to Resolve Y2K Problems - Requires a prospective plaintiff, before commencing a Y2K action (except in an action seeking only injunctive relief), to serve on each prospective defendant a written notice that identifies with particularity the manifestations of any material defect causing harm or loss, the harm or loss suffered, the remedy sought, and certain information identifying any individual authorized to negotiate on behalf of the plaintiff. Requires: (1) a 90-day wait after such notice; and (2) a response to such notice within 30 days proposing remedial actions. Outlines pleading requirements, including specification of the nature, amount, and factual basis for calculating damages. Requires damages awarded to exclude compensation for damages the plaintiff would reasonably have avoided in light of disclosures. Provides proportionate defendant liability, with several but not joint liability.

Title II: Y2K Actions Involving Contract-Related Claims - Requires, in any Y2K breach of contract action, that contract terms and conditions, including liability exclusions and warranty disclaimers, are fully enforceable, unless the court determines that the contract as a whole is unenforceable. Prohibits the award of consequential or punitive damages in such an action unless such damages are allowed by the express terms of the contract or by operation of State or Federal law.

Title III: Y2K Actions Involving Tort Claims - Prohibits a party to a Y2K action making a tort claim from recovering damages for economic loss unless such damages are permitted under applicable Federal or State law and: (1) such recovery is provided for under a contract entered into by the party; (2) such losses result directly from a personal injury claim resulting from the Y2K failure; or (3) such losses result directly from damage to tangible property caused by the Y2K failure. Allows the defenses of good faith and reasonable efforts to prevent the failure. Requires the plaintiff to prove: (1) a defendant's state of mind regarding risk or eventual harm to the plaintiff in a Y2K action in which the defendant's actual or constructive awareness of an actual or potential failure is an element of the claim; and (2) that the defendant knew, or should have known, that his or her action or failure to act would cause harm..

Provides limited liability of business officers and directors, with exceptions for intentionally making misleading statements or withholding information.

Title IV: Y2K Class Actions - Provides that, in any Y2K action involving a claim that a product or service is defective, a class action may be maintained only if: (1) it satisfies all other Federal or State class action procedural laws or rules; and (2) the court finds that the alleged defect is material to the majority of such class. Requires specified notice to class members. Specifies circumstances under which: (1) U.S. district courts shall have original jurisdiction for such suits; (2) a U.S. district court may abstain from hearing such an action; and (3) such an action may be removed to a U.S. district court.