H.R. 3199, To extend and modify authorities needed to combat terrorism, and for other purposes. Introduced July 11, 2005
U.S. Newswire – “The House Judiciary Committee today passed legislation (H.R. 3199) reauthorizing the USA-PATRIOT Act by a 23-to-14 vote with 2 Members voting present. The Committee adopted some of the dozens of amendments it considered during the 11-plus hour markup.”
Full Statement: “Today the Committee will consider H.R. 3199, a bill to reauthorize the sixteen expiring provisions of the USA PATRIOT Act. Ten of those provisions dealing with intelligence and intelligence-related matters, primarily the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, are within the jurisdiction of this Committee. The bill also reauthorizes two provisions of the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act, one of which is in the jurisdiction of the Committee…The bill includes four key reforms to Section 215 of the PATRIOT Act, which allows a judge to authorize access to certain business records. The bill establishes a relevance standard to more clearly ensure that orders are relevant to a terrorism or espionage investigation. It also clarifies that judges may modify Section 215 orders, and that recipients may obtain legal advice and challenge the order in court. Finally, it establishes a panel of judges to consider
such challenges and sets forth specific procedures to do so.”
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