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H.R. 5890 (98th): A bill to establish a commission to assist in the first observance of the Federal legal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.


The text of the bill below is as of Aug 27, 1984 (Passed Congress).


PUBLIC LAW 98-399—AUG. 27, 1984                                       98 STAT. 1473
Public Law 98-399
98th Congress
                                     An Act
To establish a commission to assist in the first observance of the Federal legal holiday   Aug. 27, 1984
                         honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.                                   [H.R. 5890] "

   Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, That the Congress
finds that—
       (1) January 20, 1986, marks the first observance of the
     Federal legal holiday, established by Public Law 98-144, honor- 97 Stat. 917.
     ing the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.;                       5 u s e 6103.
       (2) such holiday should serve as a time for Americans to
     reflect on the principles of racial equality and nonviolent social
     change espoused by Martin Luther King, Jr.; and
       (3) it is appropriate for the Federal Government to coordinate
     efforts with Americans of diverse backgrounds and with private
     organizations in the first observance of the Federal legal holi-
     day honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.
   SEC. 2. There is established a commission to be known as the Martin Luther
Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Commission (hereinafter King, Jr.
                                                                        Federal
in this Act referred to as the "Commission").                           Holiday
   SEC. 3. The purposes of the Commission are—                          Commission,
        (1) to encourage appropriate ceremonies and activities establishment.
     throughout the United States relating to the first observance of
     the Federal legal holiday honoring Martin Luther King, Jr.,
     which occurs on January 20,1986; and
        (2) to provide advice and assistance to Federal, State, and
     local governments and to private organizations with respect to
     the observance of such holiday.
   SEC. 4. (a) The Commission shall be composed of—
        (1) four officers from the executive branch, appointed by the
     President;
        (2) four Members of the House of Representatives, appointed
     by the Speaker of the House of Representatives in consultation
     with the minority leader of the House of Representatives;
        (3) four Senators, appointed by the President pro tempore of
     the Senate in consultation with the majority and minority
     leaders of the Senate;
        (4) Coretta Scott King and two other members of the family
     surviving Martin Luther King, Jr., appointed by such family;
        (5) two individuals representing the Martin Luther King, Jr.
     Center for Non-Violent Social Change (a not-for-profit organiza-
     tion incorporated in the State of Georgia), appointed by such
     organization; and
        (6) fourteen individuals other than officers or employees of
     the United States or Members of Congress, appointed by the
     members of the Commission under paragraphs (1) through (5) of
     this subsection from among individuals representing diverse
     interest groups, including individuals representing labor, busi-
     ness, civil rights, and religious groups, and entertainers.

98 STAT. 1474 PUBLIC LAW 98-399—AUG. 27, 1984 (b) Not more than half of the members of the Commission appointed under each of paragraphs (2), (3), (5), and (6) of subsection (a) shall be of the same political party. (c) Members shall be appointed for the life of the Commission. Any vacancy in the Commission shall not affect its powers, but shall be filled in the manner in which the original appointment was made. (d) Members of the Commission shall serve without pay, but may, subject to section 7, be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, while away from their homes or regular places of business in the performance of services for the Commission. SEC. 5. (a) The Commission shall first meet within 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act. At this first meeting the Commission shall elect a chairperson from among its members and shall meet thereafter at the call of the chairperson. (b) The Commission may encourage the participation of, and accept, use, and dispose of donations of money, property, and per- sonal services from, individuals and public and private organizations to assist the Commission in carrying out its responsibilities under this Act. 5 use app. (c) The provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act shall not apply to the Commission established under this Act. SEC. 6. (a) The Commission may appoint a director and a staff of not more than five persons, without regard to the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing appointments in the competitive service. Subject to section 7, the Commission shall set the rates of pay for the director and staff, except that the director may not be paid at a rate in excess of the maximum rate of pay payable for grade GS-18 of the General Schedule under section 5332 of title 5, United States Code, and no staff member may be paid at a rate in excess of the maximum rate of pay payable for grade GS-13 of such General Schedule. (b)(1) Upon the request of the Commission, the head of any department or agency of the United States may detail, on a non- reimbursable basis, any of the personnel of such department or agency to the Commission to assist it in carrying out its responsibil- ities under this Act. (2) Each head of such department or agency is authorized to cooperate with and assist the Commission in carrying out its respon- sibilities under this Act. SEC. 7. All expenditures of the Commission shall be made from donated funds.
PUBLIC LAW 98-399—AUG. 27, 1984 98 STAT. 1475 SEC. 8. Not later than April 20, 1986, the Commission shall submit Report. a report to the President and the Congress concerning its activities under this Act. SEC. 9. The Commission shall cease to exist after submitting its Termination. report under section 8. Approved Aug. 27, 1984. ' Sfti Y; .UMi ,iS *&Ji|.iA Hsvo"(t|<|A LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.R. 5890: HOUSE REPORT No. 98-893 (Comm. on Post Office and Civil Service). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 130 (1984): July 24, considered and passed House. Aug. 1, considered and passed Senate, amended. Aug. 8, House concurred in Senate amendments. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOCUMENTS, Vol. 20, No. 35 (1984): Aug. 27, Presidential statement.