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Database of Federal Statute Names
Database of Federal Statute Popular Names
|Title||Type||Popular Name||Short Title||Named For?||Classification||PL||Statute At Large||Date(s) Enacted||Interesting Part Statutized?||Leads to other named Legislation||Link/Source||Notes|
|ENHANCED Act of 2009||Acrostic||ENHANCED Act of 2009||"Establishing a Network of Health-Advancing National Centers of Excellence for Depression Act of 2009" or "ENHANCED Act of 2009"||42 USC 290bb-38||111-148, title X, section 10410||124 Stat 984||Y||short title at beginning of S 10410|
|Donald J. Cohen National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative||Honor||Donald J. Cohen National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative||1944 - NO short title; 2000 - "Youth Drug and Menthal Health Services Act"; 2001 - "Donald J. Cohen National Child Traumatic Stress Initiative"||Donald J. Cohen, child psychologist and pioneer in the field of childrens' mental health, who died in 2001.||42 USC 290hh-1(g)||106-310||114 Stat 1169||Y||No short title in original legislation or in 2000 amendment indicated in PNT. Amended to add short title "Donald J. Cohen Traumatic Stress Initiative" by 115 Stat 2201 (2002)|
|Headstart-Follow Through Act||Political Description||Headstart-Follow Through Act||"Headstart-Follow Through Act"||42 USC 2921||88-452, title V; 93-644 S 8(a)||88 Stat 2300||N||short title at beginning of section 8|
|Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act of 2006||Honor||Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act of 2006||"Esther Martinez Native American Languages Preservation Act of 2006"||Esther Martinez was a storyteller, linguist, and teacher who worked to preserve the Tewa language.||42 USC 2991 (note)||109-394||120 Stat 2705||Y||
"Esther Martinez, 94; Preserved Language," Washington Post, Sept. 19, 2006. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/09/18/AR200609...
|Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act of 1998||Victim||Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act of 1998||"Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund Act of 1998"||Ricky Ray was one of three brothers, all with hemophilia, all of whom contracted HIV from contaminated blood. The family became advoactes for AIDS victims. Ricky Ray died of AIDS in 1992 at age 15.||42 USC 300c-22 (note)||105-369||112 Stat 3368||Y||
CR H3379, May 19, 1998, Statement of Rep. Porter Goss.
|short title; creating Ricky Ray Hemophilia Relief Fund|
|Mrs. Murphy (Civil Rights Act) Exemption||Undefined||Mrs. Murphy (Civil Rights Act) Exemption||NO short title||Mrs. Murphy was not a real person, but a hypothetical small boarding house owner, who would be exempted from the requirements of the Civil Rights Act. The hypothetical character was created by Republican Senator George Aiken of Vermont and the name caught on.||42 USC 3603(b)(2)||90-284, title VIII, section 803(b)(2)||82 Stat 82||N||
James D. Walsh, Reaching Mrs. Murphy: A Call for Repeal of the Mrs. Murphy Exemption to the Fair Housing Act, 34 Harv. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 605 (1999) at n. 3.
|name not statutized|
|Paul Coverdell National Forensic Sciences Improvement Act of 2000||Honor||Paul Coverdell National Forensic Sciences Improvement Act of 2000||"Paul Coverdell National Forensic Sciences Improvement Act of 2000"||Sen. Paul Coverdell (GA), died in office on July 18, 2000.||42 USC 3711||106-561||114 Stat 2787||Y||short title|
|John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act of 2008||Honor||John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act of 2008||"John R. Justice Prosecutors and Defenders Incentive Act of 2008"||Named for late John Reid Justice, who served as a solicitor for the Sixth Judicial Circuit in S.C., and who was an advocate for student loan repayment assistance for public sector attorneys.||42 USC 3711 (note)||110-315, title IX, part E (section 951)||122 Stat 3470||Y||
|short title of part E|
|James Guelff and Chris McCurley Body Armor Act of 2002||Victim||James Guelff and Chris McCurley Body Armor Act of 2002||"James Guelff and Chris McCurley Body Armor Act of 2002"||James Guelff was a San Francisco Police Officer who was shot to death on November 13, 1994, by a heavily-armed gunman wearing a bullet-proof vest and kevlar helmet. Chris McCurley was a Captain in the Etowah County, Alabama Drug Task Force, and was killed in 1997 by a drug dealer who was using protective body armor.||42 USC 379ll-3||107-273, div. C, title I, section 11099||116 Stat 1819||Y||
Findings in legilsation. Also Guelff - CR S535-536, Jan. 24, 2001, Statement of Sen. Dianne Feinstein;
|Senate version sponsored by Sen. Feinstein (CA)|
|New Communities Act of 1968||Description||New Communities Act of 1968||"New Communities Act of 1968"||42 USC 3901||90-448, title IV||82 Stat 513||N||short title at beginning of title IV - guarantees for financing new community land development|