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Reporters' Shield bill (Identified by CRS)

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Free Flow of Information Act of 2005

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To maintain the free flow of information to the public by providing conditions for the federally compelled disclosure of information by certain persons connected with the news media.

Actions Overview (1)

07/18/2005Introduced in House

All Actions (4)

03/14/2006Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR H877-878)
Action By: House of Representatives
07/18/2005Referred to the House Committee on the Judiciary.
Action By: House of Representatives
07/18/2005Sponsor introductory remarks on measure. (CR H5969)
Action By: House of Representatives
07/18/2005Introduced in House
Action By: House of Representatives

Cosponsors (71)

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CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Boucher, Rick [D-VA-9]* 07/18/2005
Rep. Walden, Greg [R-OR-2] 07/25/2005
Rep. Emanuel, Rahm [D-IL-5] 07/25/2005
Rep. Holden, Tim [D-PA-17] 07/25/2005
Rep. McCarthy, Carolyn [D-NY-4] 07/25/2005
Rep. Jackson-Lee, Sheila [D-TX-18] 07/25/2005
Rep. Wamp, Zach [R-TN-3] 07/25/2005
Rep. Larsen, Rick [D-WA-2] 07/25/2005
Rep. Ryun, Jim [R-KS-2] 07/25/2005
Rep. Moran, James P. [D-VA-8] 07/25/2005
Rep. Blunt, Roy [R-MO-7] 07/25/2005
Rep. Meehan, Martin T. [D-MA-5] 07/25/2005
Rep. Jenkins, William L. [R-TN-1] 07/25/2005
Rep. Brown, Sherrod [D-OH-13] 07/25/2005
Rep. Davis, Jim [D-FL-11] 07/25/2005
Rep. Owens, Major R. [D-NY-11] 07/25/2005
Rep. Wasserman Schultz, Debbie [D-FL-20] 07/26/2005
Rep. Wolf, Frank R. [R-VA-10] 07/26/2005
Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1] 07/26/2005
Rep. Bishop, Timothy H. [D-NY-1] 07/26/2005
Rep. Sanchez, Linda T. [D-CA-39] 07/26/2005
Rep. Crowley, Joseph [D-NY-7] 07/26/2005
Rep. Israel, Steve [D-NY-2] 07/26/2005
Rep. Tauscher, Ellen O. [D-CA-10] 07/26/2005
Rep. Harman, Jane [D-CA-36] 07/26/2005
Rep. Eshoo, Anna G. [D-CA-14] 07/26/2005
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-23] 07/26/2005
Rep. Johnson, Eddie Bernice [D-TX-30] 07/26/2005
Rep. Watson, Diane E. [D-CA-33] 07/26/2005
Rep. Hinchey, Maurice D. [D-NY-22] 07/26/2005
Rep. Pascrell, Bill, Jr. [D-NJ-8] 07/26/2005
Rep. Bonner, Jo [R-AL-1] 07/26/2005
Rep. Shays, Christopher [R-CT-4] 07/26/2005
Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2] 07/26/2005
Rep. Ackerman, Gary L. [D-NY-5] 07/26/2005
Rep. Murtha, John P. [D-PA-12] 07/26/2005
Rep. Larson, John B. [D-CT-1] 07/26/2005
Rep. Davis, Danny K. [D-IL-7] 07/26/2005
Rep. Maloney, Carolyn B. [D-NY-14] 07/26/2005
Rep. Woolsey, Lynn C. [D-CA-6] 07/26/2005
Rep. Rothman, Steven R. [D-NJ-9] 07/26/2005
Rep. Blumenauer, Earl [D-OR-3] 07/26/2005
Rep. Pallone, Frank, Jr. [D-NJ-6] 07/28/2005
Rep. Beauprez, Bob [R-CO-7] 07/28/2005
Rep. Upton, Fred [R-MI-6] 07/28/2005
Rep. Lofgren, Zoe [D-CA-16] 07/28/2005
Rep. Berkley, Shelley [D-NV-1] 07/28/2005
Rep. Boren, Dan [D-OK-2] 07/29/2005
Rep. Green, Gene [D-TX-29] 09/07/2005
Rep. Pryce, Deborah [R-OH-15] 09/07/2005
Rep. DeGette, Diana [D-CO-1] 09/07/2005
Rep. Kennedy, Patrick J. [D-RI-1] 09/07/2005
Rep. Moore, Dennis [D-KS-3] 09/07/2005
Rep. Schakowsky, Janice D. [D-IL-9] 09/07/2005
Rep. Lewis, Ron [R-KY-2] 09/07/2005
Rep. Thompson, Mike [D-CA-1] 09/15/2005
Rep. Holt, Rush [D-NJ-12] 09/15/2005
Rep. Udall, Tom [D-NM-3] 09/26/2005
Rep. Fortuno, Luis G. [R-PR-At Large] 09/26/2005
Rep. Andrews, Robert E. [D-NJ-1] 09/26/2005
Rep. Gonzalez, Charles A. [D-TX-20] 10/06/2005
Rep. Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch [D-MD-2] 10/06/2005
Rep. Mack, Connie [R-FL-14] 10/06/2005
Rep. McNulty, Michael R. [D-NY-21] 12/06/2005
Rep. Ramstad, Jim [R-MN-3] 12/06/2005
Rep. Shaw, E. Clay, Jr. [R-FL-22] 12/14/2005
Rep. Herseth, Stephanie [D-SD-At Large] 04/04/2006
Rep. Kline, John [R-MN-2] 05/09/2006
Rep. Sweeney, John E. [R-NY-20] 05/19/2006
Rep. Simmons, Rob [R-CT-2] 06/27/2006
Rep. DeLauro, Rosa L. [D-CT-3] 07/27/2006

Committees (1)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Judiciary07/18/2005 Referred to

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Introduced in House (07/18/2005)

Free Flow of Information Act of 2005 - Prohibits a federal entity from compelling a "covered person" (i.e., a newspaper, television broadcast station, wire service, or other media outlet, and specified employees and contractors) to testify or produce any document unless a court determines that: (1) the party seeking to compel has unsuccessfully attempted to obtain such testimony or document from all other non-covered persons; (2) in a criminal matter, there are reasonable grounds to believe a crime has occurred and the testimony or document sought is essential to the investigation, prosecution, or defense of the crime; (3) in a non-criminal matter, the testimony or document is essential to a dispositive issue of substantial importance; and (4) in any matter in which testimony or a document could reveal the source's identity, disclosure is necessary to prevent imminent and actual harm to national security and such harm outweighs the public interest in protecting the free flow of information.

Requires the content of compelled testimony or documents to be limited and narrowly tailored. Exempts certain commercial or financial information.

Makes this Act applicable to testimony or documents that a third party or federal entity seeks from a communications service provider relating to business transactions with a covered person. Sets forth notice requirements. Permits a court to delay notice to a covered person upon determining that such notice would pose a substantial threat to the integrity of a criminal investigation.