GENERAL: HR 5983. Support for Bill Requested.

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Date: Thu, 1 Oct 1992 16:51:29 CDT
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Subject: House passes HR 5983

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HOUSE PASSES HR 5983

The House of Representatives passed HR 5983, the Government
Printing Office Electronic Information Access Enhancement Act of
1992, by voice vote on September 29. The bill would establish in
GPO a means of enhancing electronic public access to a wide range
of federal electronic information. GPO is directed to establish an
electronic directory of federal electronic information and to
provide a system of online access to the Congressional Record, the
Federal Register, and other appropriate publications distributed by
the Superintendent of Documents. The directory and the system are
to be made available to depository libraries without charge, and
the fees charged to everyone else "should be set so as to recover
the incremental cost of dissemination of the information involved."
The Superintendent of Documents is also required to conduct a study
of the feasibility of enhancing public access to federal electronic
information.

ACTION NEEDED: Urge your Senators to support HR 5983 when it comes
to the Senate floor in the few days remaining of the current
session of Congress. Ask these key Senators to do everything they
can to pass the bill: Mitchell (D-ME), Majority Leader of the
Senate; Ford (D-KY), Majority Whip of the Senate and Chair of the
Senate Rules and Administration Committee (the Senate Committee
with jurisdiction over the bill); Stevens (R-AK), ranking minority
member on the Committee; and Dole (R-KS), Minority Leader of the
Senate. Tell legislators how important it is for their
constituents to have online access to publications like the
_Congressional Record_ and the _Federal Register_.

Please thank Representatives for their support of HR 5983.
Particularly thank Rep. Charlie Rose (D-NC), Chair of the Committee
on House Administration, for his leadership on this issue, and
Reps. William Thomas (R-CA) and Pat Roberts (R-KS) for their
efforts.

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