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S. 956: Supreme Court Transparency Act


The text of the bill below is as of Mar 24, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 956

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 24, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on the Judiciary

A BILL

To require adequate reporting of ethics, personal finance, and disclosure reports for justices of the Supreme Court of the United States.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Supreme Court Transparency Act.

2.

Availability of reports relating to justices of the Supreme Court of the United States

(a)

Public availability of ethics, personal finance, and disclosure forms for the Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the United States

(1)

In general

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Administrative Office of the United States Courts shall establish a searchable internet database system on an official website of the United States Government, to enable public access to any ethics, personal finance, or disclosure report required to be made under Federal law by the Chief Justice or an associate justice of the Supreme Court, including any amendment or update to such a report.

(2)

Availability

Any report described in paragraph (1), including any amendment or update to such a report, shall be made publically available on the database established under paragraph (1) not later than 30 days after the date on which the report is filed.

(3)

Limitation on redaction

(A)

In general

Any document made public in the database established under paragraph (1) may be redacted only—

(i)

to the extent necessary to protect the individual who filed the report or a family member of that individual; and

(ii)

during the period during which the danger to such individual or a family member exists.

(B)

Regulations

Not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, the Judicial Conference of the United States, in consultation with the Department of Justice, shall promulgate regulations setting forth the circumstances under which redaction is appropriate under this subsection and the procedures for redaction.

(b)

Periodic transaction reports

Section 103(l) of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(11)

The Chief Justice of the United States and the Associate Justices of the Supreme Court.

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(c)

Severability clause

If any provision of this section or an amendment made by this section, or the application of such a provision or amendment to any person or circumstance, is held to be unconstitutional, the remaining provisions of this section and amendments made by this section, and the application of such provisions and amendments to any other person or circumstance, shall not be affected thereby.