* Equal Opportunity Act of 1996
Purpose: Prohibit use of minority preferences in federal programs; relieve contractors of having to maintain affirmative-action plans with goals and timetables.
Sponsors: Rep. Charles Canady (R-Fla.) and former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kan.)
Status: March approval by House Judiciary Subcommittee
* HUB Zones Act of 1996
Purpose: Aid "historically underutilized business zones" by making small, economically oppressed businesses eligible for federal set-asides and preferences.
Sponsor: Sen. Christopher Bond (R-Mo.)
Status: Introduced Feb. 27, 1996