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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Rick Boucher, Policy Prognosticator

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 The RSS feed hauled in this item from the National Journal, As Media Evolves, Hill Tries To Define It:

    Speaking at a Center for Democracy and Technology gala last week, Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va., predicted that federal shield legislation he     introduced in February would pass the House and Senate this session. The bill, H.R. 985, would protect reporters from being compelled to     reveal confidential sources even under subpoena.

Rep. Boucher could be right here. On the other hand, it didn't take too much digging to find this gem in the BNA archives, Rep. Boucher Predicts Speedy Success for Privacy Bill to Be Introduced Early 2002.

    A new Internet privacy bill has been drafted by members of the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee and is scheduled to     be introduced in early 2002, according to one of its proponents, U.S. Rep. Frederick C. Boucher (D-Va.). Boucher, who spoke at the     Georgetown University Law Center's “Advanced E-Commerce: New Rules, New Realities” conference Nov. 8, in Washington, D.C., said he     expected that once introduced, the bill would cut a speedy path through the House and, although it might meet some resistance in the upper     house, that the Senate would eventually approve the bill.

    “I anticipate passage of this bill to be quite rapid,” he said.

"Rapid." Oh well, you can't be right all the time. And who can predict what shape H.R. 985 will be in, after the Department of Justice is finished with it? If Eric Holder is making predictions about H.R. 985, that's where I'd put my money.

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