This bill would extend the Judicial Conference’s authority to redact personal and sensitive information from the financial disclosure report of a judge or judicial employee if it finds that revealing the information could endanger that individual or one of their family members through 2027. The Judicial Conference is the national policy-making body for the federal courts.
What is House Bill H.R. 3229?
Cost of House Bill H.R. 3229
In-Depth: Sponsoring Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) introduced this bill to protect judges and their families from threats and harassment by letting the Judicial Conference continue to redact their personal information:
“An independent judiciary is fundamental to our constitutional democracy and equal justice under the law. [This bill] will protect judicial officers from threats, harm and harassment by those who would seek to compromise the integrity of our judicial branch. I am pleased that the Judiciary Committee was able to expeditiously advance this important and time-sensitive legislation.”
Lead cosponsor Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) added:
“This is an important step to ensure the independence of our judicial branch to rule freely, fairly, and without fear of retribution. As a tireless advocate for government transparency, I appreciate the appropriate balance this bill strikes between the public’s safety and transparency interests to ensure our judges, who’ve often been targeted and even murdered following tough cases, can safely do their jobs.”
Summary by Eric Revell(Photo Credit: Wavebreakmedia / iStock)
To protect the safety of judges by extending the authority of the Judicial Conference to redact sensitive information contained in their financial disclosure reports, and for other purposes.
- Not enactedThe President has not signed this bill
- The senate has not voted
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