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Update on H.R. 3012–Markup Scheduled for Today

October 15, 2011

Yesterday and today the House’s Judiciary Committee had an ambitious agenda with six bills scheduled for markup. As mentioned in Monday’s post, H.R. 3012 which proposes major changes in employment-based immigration was scheduled as the last bill for markup this afternoon. However, the committee adjourned without consideration of the bill. It is likely to be placed back on the markup calendar in the future.

The Thomas system, which tracks legislation in Congress, now has a brief summary of the bill and an additional co-sponsor is named.

The bill was originally drafted by Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah’s 3rd district.

Rep. Lamar Smith, the Chair of the Judiciary Committee, representing the 21st district in Texas was the first co-sponsor.

Now, Rep. Tim Griffin, representing the 2nd district in Arkansas, has also signed on as a co-sponsor.

Utah and Texas have a history of high tech companies in their states. Utah has a substantial presence of these companies today, and TechAmerica, a trade association of technology companies, ranked Texas as the second-leading high-tech export state in 2010.

In 2009 Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe released his Strategic Plan for Economic Development and two of the five goals included:

  • Expand entrepreneurship, focusing on knowledge-based enterprises.
  • Compete more effectively in the global marketplace for new business and jobs, and create a business retention strategy to reduce closures.

The strategic plan’s goal is to establish an “economy supported by knowledge-based jobs.”  Other initiatives in Arkansas encourage technology-based innovations and entrepreneurs.



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