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H.R. 4320 (116th): Corporate Management Accountability Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Sep 12, 2019 (Introduced).


I

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4320

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

September 12, 2019

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Financial Services

A BILL

To ensure that irresponsible corporate executives, rather than shareholders, pay fines and penalties.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Corporate Management Accountability Act of 2019.

2.

Fine, penalty, and settlement accountability

(a)

Definitions

In this section—

(1)

the term Commission means the Securities and Exchange Commission;

(2)

the term covered fine or similar penalty

(A)

means a fine or similar penalty, as that term is defined in Treasury Regulation section 1.162–21(b); and

(B)

includes any fine or similar penalty—

(i)

that is paid by a reporting company; and

(ii)

with respect to which the Commission determines disclosure under subsection (b)(1) is appropriate;

(3)

the term issuer has the meaning given the term in section 3(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78c(a));

(4)

the term named executive officer

(A)

means an individual for whom disclosure is required under section 229.402(a)(3) of title 17, Code of Federal Regulations; and

(B)

includes any other employee of a reporting company with respect to whom the Commission determines disclosure under subsection (b)(1) is appropriate; and

(5)

the term reporting company means an issuer—

(A)

the securities of which are registered under section 12 of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78l); or

(B)

that is required to file reports under section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78o(d)).

(b)

Requirement To issue rules

Not later than 360 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission shall issue final rules to require each reporting company, in each annual report submitted under section 13 or section 15(d) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78m and 78o(d)), or in each proxy statement filed pursuant to section 14(a) of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934 (15 U.S.C. 78n(a)) for an annual meeting of shareholders, to—

(1)

disclose whether the reporting company, in order to align the incentives of those managing the reporting company with the incentives of the shareholders of the reporting company, has established procedures to recoup from compensation paid to, and to withhold from future compensation paid to, any named executive officer all or a portion of the cost of any covered fine or similar penalty that has been paid by the reporting company;

(2)

if the reporting company has established procedures described in paragraph (1)—

(A)

provide a description of those procedures; and

(B)

disclose the amount that the reporting company has recouped from each named executive officer under those procedures during each of the 3 most recent fiscal years; and

(3)

if the reporting company has not established procedures described in paragraph (1), provide an explanation of why no such procedures are necessary for the benefit of the shareholders of the reporting company.