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H.R. 1663: Foundation of the Federal Bar Association Charter Amendments Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 11, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1663

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

March 11, 2019

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

A BILL

To amend title 36, United States Code, to revise the Federal charter for the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Foundation of the Federal Bar Association Charter Amendments Act of 2019.

2.

Organization

Section 70501 of title 36, United States Code, is amended by striking subsection (b) and redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (b).

3.

Membership

Section 70503 of title 36, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

by striking subsections (a) and (b) and inserting the following:

(a)

Eligibility

Except as provided in this chapter, eligibility for membership in the corporation and the rights and privileges of members are as provided in the bylaws.

; and

(2)

by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (b).

4.

Governing body

Section 70504 of title 36, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

70504.

Governing body

(a)

Board of directors

The board of directors is the governing body of the corporation. The board may exercise, or provide for the exercise of, the powers of the corporation. The board of directors and the responsibilities of the board are as provided in the bylaws.

(b)

Officers

The officers and the election of the officers are as provided for in the bylaws.

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5.

Restrictions

Section 70507 of title 36, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

70507.

Restrictions

(a)

Stock and dividends

The corporation may not issue stock or declare or pay a dividend.

(b)

Political activities

The corporation or a director or officer in his or her corporate capacity may not contribute to, support, or participate in any political activity or in any manner attempt to influence legislation.

(c)

Distribution of income or assets

The income or assets of the corporation may not inure to the benefit of, or be distributed to, a director, officer, or member during the life of the charter granted by this chapter. This subsection does not prevent the payment, in amounts approved by the board of directors, of—

(1)

reasonable compensation; or

(2)

reimbursement for expenses incurred in undertaking the corporation’s business, to officers, directors, or members.

This subsection does not prevent the award of a grant to a Federal Bar Association chapter of which an officer, director, or member may be a member. This subsection also does not prevent the payment of reasonable compensation to the corporation’s employees for services undertaken on behalf of the corporation.
(d)

Loans

The corporation may not make a loan to a director, officer, member, or employee.

(e)

Immunity from liability

Members and private individuals are not liable for the obligations of the corporation.

(f)

Claim of governmental approval or authority

The corporation may not claim congressional approval or the authority of the United States Government for any of its activities; it may, however, acknowledge this charter.

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6.

Principal office

Section 70508 of title 36, United States Code, is amended by striking the District of Columbia, and inserting a United States location decided by the board of directors and specified in the bylaws,.

7.

Service of process

Section 70510 of title 36, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

70510.

Service of process

The corporation shall comply with the law on service of process of the State or District in which it is incorporated.

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8.

Deposit of assets on dissolution or final liquidation

Section 70512 of title 36, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

70512.

Deposit of assets on dissolution or final liquidation

On dissolution or final liquidation of the corporation, any assets of the corporation remaining after the discharge of all liabilities shall be distributed as provided by the board of directors, but in compliance with the charter and bylaws.

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