H.R. 908 Establish a Commission on Structural Alternatives for the Federal Courts of Appeals
House Passes Bill Proposing to Study Appeals Court Boundaries On June 3, 1997, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 908, an act seeking to establish a Commission on Structural Alternatives for the Federal Courts of Appeals.
The bill passed the House by a voice vote after a compromise that saw the number of
members on the commission reduced from 13 to 10, its funding reduced from $1.3 million to
$900,000 and the deadline for its recommendations shortened from two years to 18 months. The
bill is the result of the belief by representatives from several Western states encompassed by the
Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee's Courts and Intellectual Property Subcommittee Howard Coble (R-N.C.) introduced the bill on the House floor. Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) and Rep. Rick Hill (R-Mont.) Both expressed concerns about the bill's scope, but supported the measure. Rep. Young stated his desire that the federal government simply divide the district, rather than studying it.
The measure was approved by the House Judiciary Committee in March. A similar bill (S. 956 To establish a Commission on Structural Alternatives for the Federal Courts of Appeals.) Passed the Senate during the last session, but the House took no action.