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Text of the Civil Rights Commission Reauthorization Act of 1996

This bill was introduced on October 2, 1996, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Oct 2, 1996 (Introduced).

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S 2187 IS

104th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2187

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

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

October 2, 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. 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. 3. 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--

      (1) by striking ‘The Commission’ and inserting:

        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- The Commission’; and

      (2) by adding at the end the following:

        ‘(B) PROCEDURE FOR WITHHOLDING ISSUANCE-

          ‘(i) LIST OF WITNESSES- Prior to the issuance of a subpoena described in subparagraph (A) for any witness called to testify or produce written or other matter for a Commission hearing scheduled pursuant to paragraph (1), the Chairperson shall issue a complete list of all witnesses for the hearing, including information identifying the witnesses and the nature of any written or other matter to be produced, to each member of the Commission for review. The Chairperson shall issue the list a reasonable period of time prior to the issuance of the subpoena.

          ‘(ii) OBJECTION- Any member of the Commission objecting to the issuance of a subpoena for any witness on the list shall notify the Chairperson of the objection.

          ‘(iii) MEETING- On receiving such an objection, the Chairperson shall schedule a meeting of the Commission to consider the objection. At the meeting, on the motion of any member of the Commission, the Commission shall vote on whether to issue the subpoena. The Commission may issue a subpoena 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. REVIEW OF STAFF DIRECTOR.

    Section 4(a)(1) of the Civil Rights Commission Act of 1983 (42 U.S.C. 1975b(a)(1)) is amended--

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

          ‘(i)’;

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

          ‘(ii)’;

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

        ‘(A) IN GENERAL- There shall’; and

      (4) by adding at the end the following:

        ‘(B) REMOVAL- The Commission may, by majority vote of the Commission, remove the staff director from office.’.

SEC. 5. APPLICATION OF FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT, PRIVACY ACT OF 1974, AND GOVERNMENT IN THE SUNSHINE ACT.

    Section 4 of the Civil Rights Commission Act of 1983 (42 U.S.C. 1975b) is amended by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(f) APPLICATION OF CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF LAW- The Commission shall be included in the term ‘agency’, as such term is defined for purposes of sections 552, 552a, and 552b 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 by striking ‘fiscal year 1995’ each place it appears and inserting ‘for fiscal year 1997’.

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 ‘1997’.