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Text of the Independent Commission on Campaign Finance Reform Act of 1998

This bill was introduced on March 18, 1998, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Mar 18, 1998 (Introduced).

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HR 3502 IH

105th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3502

To establish the Independent Commission on Campaign Finance Reform to recommend reforms in the laws relating to the financing of political activity.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 18, 1998

Mr. WHITE (for himself, Mrs. MALONEY of New York, Mr. FRANKS of New Jersey, Mr. DINGELL, Mr. HORN, Mr. ACKERMAN, Mr. BARCIA, Mr. BARRETT of Wisconsin, Mr. BLAGOJEVICH, Mr. BLUMENAUER, Mr. BROWN of California, Mr. BROWN of Ohio, Ms. CARSON, Mr. CASTLE, Ms. CHRISTIAN-GREEN, Mr. CLEMENT, Mr. CONYERS, Mr. DEFAZIO, Ms. DEGETTE, Mr. DOOLEY of California, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. ENGLISH of Pennsylvania, Ms. ESHOO, Mr. ETHERIDGE, Mr. FOLEY, Mr. FOX of Pennsylvania, Mr. FRELINGHUYSEN, Mr. GIBBONS, Mr. GILCHREST, Mr. GREENWOOD, Mr. HAMILTON, Mr. HINCHEY, Mr. HOUGHTON, Ms. KAPTUR, Mr. KLUG, Mr. LOBIONDO, Ms. LOFGREN, Mr. LUTHER, Mr. MALONEY of Connecticut, Mr. MANTON, Ms. MCCARTHY of Missouri, Mr. MCHALE, Mr. METCALF, Ms. MILLENDER-MCDONALD, Mr. MILLER of California, Mr. MINGE, Mr. MORAN of Virginia, Mrs. MORELLA, Mr. NADLER, Ms. PELOSI, Mr. PETERSON of Minnesota, Mr. PETRI, Mr. POSHARD, Mr. RAMSTAD, Mr. RIGGS, Ms. RIVERS, Mr. ROTHMAN, Mr. RUSH, Mr. SAWYER, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr. SERRANO, Mr. SKAGGS, Mr. SMITH of Michigan, Mr. SNYDER, Ms. STABENOW, Mr. STRICKLAND, Mr. TAUZIN, Mr. TAYLOR of Mississippi, and Ms. WOOLSEY) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Oversight, and in addition to the Committee on Rules, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To establish the Independent Commission on Campaign Finance Reform to recommend reforms in the laws relating to the financing of political activity.

    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 ‘Independent Commission on Campaign Finance Reform Act of 1998’.

SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT AND PURPOSE OF COMMISSION.

    There is established a commission to be known as the ‘Independent Commission on Campaign Finance Reform’ (referred to in this Act as the ‘Commission’). The purposes of the Commission are to study the laws relating to the financing of political activity and to report and recommend legislation to reform those laws.

SEC. 3. MEMBERSHIP OF COMMISSION.

    (a) COMPOSITION- The Commission shall be composed of 12 members appointed within 15 days after the date of the enactment of this Act by the President from among individuals who are not incumbent Members of Congress and who are specially qualified to serve on the Commission by reason of education, training, or experience.

    (b) APPOINTMENT-

      (1) IN GENERAL- Members shall be appointed as follows:

        (A) 3 members (one of whom shall be a political independent) shall be appointed from among a list of nominees submitted by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

        (B) 3 members (one of whom shall be a political independent) shall be appointed from among a list of nominees submitted by the majority leader of the Senate.

        (C) 3 members (one of whom shall be a political independent) shall be appointed from among a list of nominees submitted by the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

        (D) 3 members (one of whom shall be a political independent) shall be appointed from among a list of nominees submitted by the minority leader of the Senate.

      (2) FAILURE TO SUBMIT LIST OF NOMINEES- If an official described in any of the subparagraphs of paragraph (1) fails to submit a list of nominees to the President during the 15-day period which begins on the date of the enactment of this Act--

        (A) such subparagraph shall no longer apply; and

        (B) the President shall appoint 3 members (one of whom shall be a political independent) who meet the requirements described in subsection (a) and such other criteria as the President may apply.

      (3) POLITICAL INDEPENDENT DEFINED- In this subsection, the term ‘political independent’ means an individual who at no time after January 1992--

        (A) has held elective office as a member of the Democratic or Republican party;

        (B) has received any wages or salary from the Democratic or Republican party or from a Democratic or Republican party office-holder or candidate; or

        (C) has provided substantial volunteer services or made any substantial contribution to the Democratic or Republican party or to a Democratic or Republican party office-holder or candidate.

    (c) CHAIRMAN- At the time of the appointment, the President shall designate one member of the Commission as Chairman of the Commission.

    (d) TERMS- The members of the Commission shall serve for the life of the Commission.

    (e) VACANCIES- A vacancy in the Commission shall be filled in the manner in which the original appointment was made.

    (f) POLITICAL AFFILIATION- Not more than 4 members of the Commission may be of the same political party.

SEC. 4. POWERS OF COMMISSION.

    (a) HEARINGS- The Commission may, for the purpose of carrying out this Act, hold hearings, sit and act at times and places, take testimony, and receive evidence as the Commission considers appropriate. In carrying out the preceding sentence, the Commission shall ensure that a substantial number of its meetings are open meetings, with significant opportunities for testimony from members of the general public.

    (b) QUORUM- Seven members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number may hold hearings. The approval of at least 9 members of the Commission is required when approving all or a portion of the recommended legislation. Any member of the Commission may, if authorized by the Commission, take any action which the Commission is authorized to take under this section.

SEC. 5. ADMINISTRATIVE PROVISIONS.

    (a) PAY AND TRAVEL EXPENSES OF MEMBERS- (1) Each member of the Commission shall be paid at a rate equal to the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay payable for level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 5, United States Code, for each day (including travel time) during which the member is engaged in the actual performance of duties vested in the Commission.

    (2) Members of the Commission shall receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in accordance with sections 5702 and 5703 of title 5, United States Code.

    (b) STAFF DIRECTOR- The Commission shall, without regard to section 5311(b) of title 5, United States Code, appoint a staff director, who shall be paid at the rate of basic pay payable for level IV of the Executive Schedule under section 5315 of title 5, United States Code.

    (c) STAFF OF COMMISSION; SERVICES-

      (1) IN GENERAL- With the approval of the Commission, the staff director of the Commission may appoint and fix the pay of additional personnel. The Director may make such appointments without regard to the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing appointments in the competitive service, and any personnel so appointed may be paid without regard to the provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of that title relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates, except that an individual so appointed may not receive pay in excess of the maximum annual rate of basic pay payable for grade GS-15 of the General Schedule under section 5332 of title 5, United States Code.

      (2) EXPERTS AND CONSULTANTS- The Commission may procure by contract the temporary or intermittent services of experts or consultants pursuant to section 3109 of title 5, United States Code.

SEC. 6. REPORT AND RECOMMENDED LEGISLATION.

    (a) REPORT- Not later than the expiration of the 180-day period which begins on the date on which the second session of the One Hundred Fifth Congress adjourns sine die, the Commission shall submit to the President, the Speaker and minority leader of the House of Representatives, and the majority and minority leaders of the Senate a report of the activities of the Commission.

    (b) RECOMMENDATIONS; DRAFT OF LEGISLATION- The report under subsection (a) shall include any recommendations for changes in the laws (including regulations) governing the financing of political activity, including any changes in the rules of the Senate or the House of Representatives, to which 9 or more members of the Commission may agree, together with drafts of--

      (1) any legislation (including technical and conforming provisions) recommended by the Commission to implement such recommendations; and

      (2) any proposed amendment to the Constitution recommended by the Commission as necessary to implement such recommendations, except that if the Commission includes such a proposed amendment in its report, it shall also include recommendations (and drafts) for legislation which may be implemented prior to the adoption of such proposed amendment.

    (c) GOALS OF RECOMMENDATIONS AND LEGISLATION- In making recommendations and preparing drafts of legislation under this section, the Commission shall consider the following to be its primary goals:

      (1) Encouraging fair and open Federal elections which provide voters with meaningful information about candidates and issues.

      (2) Eliminating the disproportionate influence of special interest financing of Federal elections.

      (3) Creating a more equitable electoral system for challengers and incumbents.

SEC. 7. EXPEDITED CONGRESSIONAL CONSIDERATION OF LEGISLATION.

    (a) IN GENERAL- If any legislation is introduced the substance of which implements a recommendation of the Commission submitted under section 6(b) (including a joint resolution proposing an amendment to the Constitution), subject to subsection (b), the provisions of section 2908 (other than subsection (a)) of the Defense Base Closure and Realignment Act of 1990 shall apply to the consideration of the legislation in the same manner as such provisions apply to a joint resolution described in section 2908(a) of such Act.

    (b) SPECIAL RULES- For purposes of applying subsection (a) with respect to such provisions, the following rules shall apply:

      (1) Any reference to the Committee on Armed Services of the House of Representatives shall be deemed a reference to the Committee on House Oversight of the House of Representatives and any reference to the Committee on Armed Services of the Senate shall be deemed a reference to the Committee on Rules and Administration of the Senate.

      (2) Any reference to the date on which the President transmits a report shall be deemed a reference to the date on which the recommendation involved is submitted under section 6(b).

      (3) Notwithstanding subsection (d)(2) of section 2908 of such Act--

        (A) debate on the legislation in the House of Representatives, and on all debatable motions and appeals in connection with the legislation, shall be limited to not more than 10 hours, divided equally between those favoring and those opposing the legislation;

        (B) debate on the legislation in the Senate, and on all debatable motions and appeals in connection with the legislation, shall be limited to not more than 10 hours, divided equally between those favoring and those opposing the legislation; and

        (C) debate in the Senate on any single debatable motion and appeal in connection with the legislation shall be limited to not more than 1 hour, divided equally between the mover and the manager of the bill (except that in the event the manager of the bill is in favor of any such motion or appeal, the time in opposition thereto shall be controlled by the minority leader or his designee), and the majority and minority leader may each allot additional time from time under such leader’s control to any Senator during the consideration of any debatable motion or appeal.

SEC. 8. TERMINATION.

    The Commission shall cease to exist 90 days after the date of the submission of its report under section 6.

SEC. 9. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    There are authorized to be appropriated to the Commission such sums as are necessary to carry out its duties under this Act.