Exploring HeinOnline: Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996

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Public Law 104-132, the Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) of 1996, was passed into law on April 24, 1996 for the purpose of deterring terrorism, providing justice for victims, providing for an effective death penalty as well as other purposes.  Drafted and passed in part due to the Oklahoma City bombings and the World Trade Center Bombings, the AEDPA had a significant impact on the law of habeas corpus in the U.S. as applicable to state and federal prisoners on death row or imprisoned for a term of years. Through the passing of the AEDPA, the following amendments were instituted to the federal habeas corpus law:

  • The abuse-of-the-writ doctrine was replaced with an absolute bar on second or successive petitions
  • 1 year statute of limitations was created
  • 6 month statute of limitation created in death penalty cases
  • States were encouraged to appoint counsel for indigent state death row inmates during state habeas or unitary appellate proceedings
  • Petitioners who had filed a previous federal habeas petition were required to secure authorization from the federal court of appeals

Additional provisions were included in this act that addressed justice for victims; international terrorism prohibitions; terrorist and criminal alien removal and exclusion; nuclear…

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Exploring HeinOnline: Legislative History of P.L. 109-58 Energy Policy Act of 2005

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This legislative history set is made up of 24 volumes and includes the reports, hearings, and debates that led to the passing of Public Law 109-58, The Energy Policy Act of 2005.  This bill was passed by Congress on July 29, 2005 to combat the growing energy problems by changing U.S. energy policies.  The general provisions of the bill would: authorize loan guarantees for innovative technologies that avoid greenhouse gases, seek to increase coal as an energy source, authorize subsidies for alternative energy producers, provide tax breaks for those making energy conservation improvements in their homes, provide incentives to companies drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico…

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Exploring HeinOnline: Federal Identity Theft Law: Major Enactments of the 108th Congress: A Legislative History . . .

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Federal Identity Theft Law:  Major Enactments of the 108th Congress: A Legislative History of the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act and Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act (10 volumes, 2005)

In 2003, more than 10 million Americans were victimized by identity theft, costing individuals and business almost $50 billion in fraudulent transactions. Such statistics indicated that the provisions of the Identity Theft and Deterrence Act of 1998 were insufficient to deal with the problem. Accordingly, the 108th Congress attempted to further assist victims of identity theft by passing two new laws: the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act (FACT Act) and the Identity Theft Penalty Enhancement Act…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: Are you looking for the legislative history of a bill?

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Are you trying to determine the legislative history of the Consumer Product Safety Act or the Investment Advisors Act of 1940? HeinOnline offers you three sources for compiled legislative histories, all of which can be found in the U.S. Federal Legislative History library. The first source is full text legislative histories. HeinOnline contains more than 1,000 full-text legislative histories.  Secondly, Nancy P. Johnson’s Sources of Compiled Legislative History Database. We transformed Johnson’s print publication into a searchable database, making it easy for you to search for a compilation by public law number, public law name or popular name.  The third item is the Legislative Reference Checklist.

Let’s take a look at an example to illustrate how to find the legislative history of a bill…

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HeinOnline's Tip of the Week: How to Search in the Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories Database

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The U.S. Federal Legislative History library in HeinOnline is made up of three parts. The first part of the collection includes more than 1000 full-text compiled Legislative Histories. For details on searching a full-text compiled legislative history, take a look at How to Find a Specific Document within a Compiled Federal Legislative History.

The second part of the collection is a database in which the sources of several legislative histories have been compiled and presented. The Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories Database is derived from the loose-leaf publication Sources of Compiled Legislative Histories: A Bibliography of Government Documents, Periodical Articles, and Books by Nancy P. Johnson, Law Librarian and Professor of Law Georgia State University College of Law…

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How to Find a Specific Document within a Compiled Federal Legislative History

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Are you looking for a specific document within a Federal Legislative History, such as a Committee Report, the text of a Public Law, or a Congressional Record document? This tip will walk you through locating a specific document by building a simple field search in HeinOnline’s U.S. Federal Legislative History Library. Once you’ve located the document through a field search, you can then use the “Search Within These Results” feature to find a specific section within that document.

HeinOnline has more than 1,000 full-text Legislative Histories in its U.S. Federal Legislative History Title Collection. You can browse the full-text Title Collection to determine if HeinOnline has a specific full-text Legislative History, or you can do a title search for it…

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