U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law

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House Committee on Judiciary
U.S. House Judiciary Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law
Members, 109th Congress
Democrats: Republicans:

The Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law has jurisdiction over the following subject matters: bankruptcy and commercial law, bankruptcy judgeships, administrative law, independent counsel, state taxation affecting interstate commerce, interstate compacts, other appropriate matters as referred by the Chairman, and relevant oversight.


Contents

Committee Membership

Members of the Subcommittee for the term of the 109th Congress are as follows (with links to House Bios and websites):

  • Hon. Cannon, Chairman, (R) Utah, 3rd (Website)
  • Hon. Coble, (R) North Carolina, 6th (Website)
  • Hon. Franks, (R) Arizona, 2nd (Website)
  • Hon. Chabot, (R) Ohio, 1st (Website)
  • Hon. Green, (R) Wisconsin, 8th (Website)
  • Hon. Forbes, (R) Virginia, 4th (Website)
  • Hon. Gohmert, (R) Texas, 1st (Website)
  • Hon. Watt, Ranking Member, (D) North Carolina, 12th (Website)
  • Hon. Delahunt, (D) Massachusetts, 10th (Website)
  • Hon. Van Hollen, (D) Maryland, 8th (Website)
  • Hon. Nadler, (D) New York, 8th (Website)
  • Hon. Wasserman Schultz, (D) Florida, 20th (Website)


Current Issues

The Administrative Law, Process and Procedure Project for the 21st Century

Conceived by House Judiciary Chair Sensenbrenner,The Administrative Law, Process and Procedure Project for the 21st Century, was a comprehensive, bipartisan study of administrative law, process and procedure. The Judiciary Committee's Oversight Plan for the 109th Congress authorized and delegated the Project to the Subcommittee in January, 2005. The Project examined agency adjudicatory processes, public participation in rulemaking, the process for review of rulemaking by the Congress, the President, and the judiciary, and the role of science in the regulatory process. Over the past two years, the Subcommittee has held six hearings, participated in three symposia and sponsored several empirical studies. The final oversight hearing was held on November 14, 2006, at which the Subcommittee received the testimony of three witnesses from the Congressional Research Service. Transcripts and reports of these individual events are not readily available, but a final report by the Subcommittee is expected later this month.


It is expected that the final report will conclude that there is a need for a permanent, neutral think-tank to make recommendations for administrative law reforms, and that the Subcomittee will recommend reactivation of the Administrative Conference of the United States to fulfill this role. The ACUS was reauthorized by the 108th Congress but was never funded.


Related Info:

  • Chairman's Opening Statementfrom 11/14/2006 hearing
  • The transcript from the hearing held November 1, 2005 on the Administrative Law, Process and Procedure Project is available in html or pdfformat.
  • Serial No. 109-133 -- The 60th Anniversary of the Administrative Procedure Act: Where do we go from Here?, Before the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law, July 25, 2006 - is available in html or pdf


The Arbitration Process of the NFL Players' Association

The Subcommittee will conduct an Oversight Hearing on Tuesday, December 5, 2006 at 2:00 p.m. on "The Arbitration Process of the National Football League Players Association."


Pending Legislation

Bills Referred to the Subcommittee on Commercial and Administrative Law is a compilation of bills referred to the Subcommittee during the 109th Congress for which no further action has been taken.

Miscellaneous

Research Tip: subcommittees are often referred to by the name of the Chairperson, in this case, the "Cannon Committee"

House Judiciary Committee Subcommittees:

Commercial & Administrative LawConstitutionCourts, the Internet, & Intellectual PropertyCrime, Terrorism, & Homeland SecurityImmigration, Citizenship, Refugees, Border Security, & International Law

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