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Text of the Pigford Claims Remedy Act of 2006

This bill was introduced on September 28, 2006, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 28, 2006 (Introduced).

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109th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 3976

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 28, 2006

(for himself and Mr. Grassley) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To provide a mechanism for the determination on the merits of the claims of claimants who met the class criteria in a civil action relating to racial discrimination by the Department of Agriculture but who were denied that determination.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Pigford Claims Remedy Act of 2006.

2.

Determination on merits of Pigford claims

(a)

In General

Any Pigford claimant who has not previously obtained a determination on the merits of a Pigford claim may, in a civil action, obtain that determination.

(b)

Intent of Congress as to Remedial Nature of Section

It is the intent of Congress that this section be liberally construed so as to effectuate its remedial purpose of giving a full determination on the merits for each Pigford claim denied that determination.

(c)

Definitions

In this Act—

(1)

the term Pigford claimant means an individual who previously submitted a late-filing request under section 5(g) of the consent decree in the case of Pigford v. Glickman, approved by the United States District Court for the District of Columbia on April 14, 1999; and

(2)

the term Pigford claim means a discrimination complaint, as defined by section 1(h) of that consent decree and documented under section 5(b) of that consent decree.