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Here are Some of the Court-Related Bills in the 117th Congress That Fix the Court Supports And Also Ones We Oppose

In order of how far they’ve gotten:


— Courthouse Ethics and Transparency Act (H.R. 5720 | S. 3059)

Bill improves financial disclosure and stock reporting for federal judges and justices. It was signed into law by President Biden on May 13, 2022.

— Open Courts Act (H.R. 5844 | S. 2614)

Bill would make PACER free and modernize the federal court records management system. It was voted out of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Dec. 9, 2021, and has since been added to the Majority Leader’s floor calendar. House action, we’re told, is dependent on what happens in the Senate.

— Cameras in the Courtroom Act (H.R. 4257 | S. 807)

Bill would permit cameras in the Supreme Court. It was voted out of Senate Judiciary on June 24, 2021. No action in House Judiciary.

— Sunshine in the Courtroom Act (S. 818 | No House companion)

Bill would permit cameras in the lower federal courts. It was voted out of Senate Judiciary on June 24, 2021.

— Supreme Court Ethics, Recusal and Transparency Act (H.R. 7647 | S. 4188)

Bill would require a SCOTUS ethics code and would improve the judiciary’s travel, gift, recusal and amicus rules. It was voted out of the House Judiciary Committee on May 13, 2022; no action in Senate Judiciary.

— 21st Century Courts Act (H.R. 7426 | S. 4010)

Similar bill to the SCERT Act above. Hearings were held on the provisions of this bill in House Judiciary on April 27, 2022, and in Senate Judiciary on May 3, 2022.

— Judiciary Accountability Act (H.R. 4827 | S. 2553)

Bill would require the judiciary to improve its workplace conduct policies, focusing on harassment, discrimination and whistleblower policies. Hearing held in House Judiciary on March 17, 2022. No action in Senate Judiciary.

— Supreme Court Term Limits and Regular Appointments Act (H.R. 5140 | No Senate companion)

Bill would establish 18-year term limits for future justices. No action in the House; Senate companion expected in Nov. or Dec. 2022.

— JUDGES Act (H.R. 4885 | S. 2535)

Bill would add the 77 district court judgeships requested by the Judicial Conference. No action in the House or Senate.

— Supreme Court Ethics Act (H.R. 4766 | S. 2512)

Bill would require all federal judges, including SCOTUS, to have an ethics code. No action in the House or Senate.

— Supreme Court Review Act (S. 4681 | No House companion)

Bill would fast-track legislation that was written in response to a SCOTUS decision. No action in the Senate.

Didn’t endorse, but we appreciate where you’re going:

— Supreme Court TERM Act (H.R. 8500 | S. 4706)

FTC does not endorse this particular route of getting to 18-year SCOTUS terms but sees this as a helpful means to advance the conversation on judicial tenure.

— Judicial Ethics and Anti-Corruption Act (H.R. 7706 | S. 4177)

FTC applauds the work that went into creating this comprehensive judicial ethics package but believes some of its accountability provisions are unconstitutional.

Bills we oppose:

— Judiciary Act (H.R. 2584 | S. 1141)

FTC opposes Supreme Court expansion.

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