S. 1990 (104th): Civil Rights Commission Reauthorization Act of 1996

104th Congress, 1995–1996. Text as of Jul 25, 1996 (Introduced).

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S 1990 IS

104th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 1990

To reauthorize appropriations for the Civil Rights Commission Act of 1983, and for other purposes.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

July 25, 1996

Mr. BROWN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To reauthorize appropriations for the Civil Rights Commission Act of 1983, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the ‘Civil Rights Commission Reauthorization Act of 1996’.

SEC. 2. BIPARTISANSHIP.

    Section 2(b)(1) of the Civil Rights Commission Act of 1983 (42 U.S.C. 1975(b)(1)) is amended by inserting before the period the following: ‘, and of the members appointed not more than two shall be appointed from the same political party’.

SEC. 3. APPROVAL OF SUBMISSION OF REPORTS.

    Section 3(c) of the Civil Rights Commission Act of 1983 (42 U.S.C. 1975a(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

      ‘(3) APPROVAL- The Commission may submit a report under this subsection only with the approval of a majority of the members of the Commission that are present at a meeting when a quorum is present.’.

SEC. 4. APPROVAL OF ISSUANCE OF SUBPOENAS.

    Section 3(e)(2) of the Civil Rights Commission Act of 1983 (42 U.S.C. 1975a(e)(2)) is amended by inserting after the first sentence the following: ‘The Commission may issue a subpoena under this paragraph only with the approval of a majority of the members of the Commission that are present at a meeting when a quorum is present.’.

SEC. 5. REVIEW OF STAFF DIRECTOR.

    Section 4(a) of the Civil Rights Commission Act of 1983 (42 U.S.C. 1975b(a)) is amended--

      (1) by striking ‘There shall’ and inserting the following:

        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- There shall’;

      (2) by striking ‘(A)’ and inserting the following:

          ‘(i)’;

      (3) by striking ‘(B)’ and inserting the following:

          ‘(ii)’; and

      (4) by adding at the end the following:

      ‘(2) REVIEW AND RETENTION- The Commission shall annually review the performance of the staff director and conduct a vote with respect to retention of the staff director. The Commission shall be considered to have removed the staff director if less than a majority of the members of the Commission votes for retention of the staff director.

      ‘(3) NONCAREER APPOINTEE- The staff director shall be considered to be a noncareer appointee, as defined in section 3132(a) of title 5, United States Code.’.

SEC. 6. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    Section 5 of the Civil Rights Commission Act of 1983 (42 U.S.C. 1975c) is amended--

      (1) in the first sentence, by striking ‘for fiscal year 1995’ and inserting ‘for each of fiscal years 1997 and 1998’; and

      (2) in the second sentence, by striking ‘fiscal year 1995’ and inserting ‘fiscal year 1997 or 1998’.

SEC. 7. TERMINATION.

    Section 6 of the Civil Rights Commission Act of 1983 (42 U.S.C. 1975d) is amended by striking ‘1996’ and inserting ‘1998’.