Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Rep. Berman Set To Keep Hold Of IP Subcommittee - For Now - Despite Taking Foreign Affairs Chairmanship
Hollywood's man in Washington is not about to give up his chairmanship of the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Courts, the Internet, and Intellectual Property.
Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., is intending to carry on chairing the subcommittee for the time being even though he is in line to replace the late Tom Lantos, D-Calif., as chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee.
Normally, members can only hold one chairmanship at a time.
But a spokeswoman for Berman revealed that there is a provision within the Democratic Caucus rules that allows for a member to chair a full committee and a subcommittee if he is elected to lead the full committee towards the end of a particular Congress.
She noted, however, that Berman would have to step down from his chairmanship of the subcommittee at the end of the current Congress.
In the meantime, despite the heavy workload, Berman will "continue working on his patent reform bill and IP enforcement bill and performance royalty, not to mention orphan works," the spokeswoman said.
Hollywood will be pleased.