Legislation

* 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

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SOURCE: HEWITT

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