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S. 769: MAR-A-LAGO Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 13, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 769

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 13, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Whitehouse, Mr. Carper, Mr. Heinrich, Mr. Reed, Mr. Wyden, and Ms. Hirono) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs

A BILL

To require the disclosure of certain visitor access records.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Making Access Records Available to Lead American Government Openness Act or the MAR-A-LAGO Act.

2.

Improving access to influential visitor access records

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Covered location

The term covered location means—

(A)

the White House;

(B)

the residence of the Vice President; and

(C)

any other location at which the President or the Vice President regularly conducts official business.

(2)

Covered records

The term covered records means information relating to a visit at a covered location, which shall include—

(A)

the name of each visitor at the covered location;

(B)

the name of each individual with whom each visitor described in subparagraph (A) met at the covered location; and

(C)

the purpose of the visit.

(b)

Requirement

Except as provided in subsection (c), not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the President shall establish, and update every 90 days, a publicly available database that contains covered records for the preceding 90-day period.

(c)

Exceptions

(1)

In general

The President shall not include in the database established under subsection (b) any covered record—

(A)

the posting of which would implicate personal privacy or law enforcement concerns or threaten national security; or

(B)

relating to a purely personal guest at a covered location.

(2)

Sensitive meetings

With respect to a particularly sensitive meeting at a covered location, the President shall—

(A)

include the number of visitors at the covered location in the database established under subsection (b); and

(B)

post the applicable covered records in the database established under subsection (b) when the President determines that release of the covered records is no longer sensitive.