Senate Bill 3950
116th Congress(2019-2020)
Twentieth Amendment Section Four Study Act
Introduced
Introduced
Introduced in Senate on Jun 11, 2020
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S. 3950 (Introduced-in-Senate)


116th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. 3950


To establish a panel of constitutional experts to recommend to Congress an appropriate process for providing for the case of the death of a candidate in a contingent presidential or vice-presidential election.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

June 11, 2020

Mr. Portman introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration


A BILL

To establish a panel of constitutional experts to recommend to Congress an appropriate process for providing for the case of the death of a candidate in a contingent presidential or vice-presidential election.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Twentieth Amendment Section Four Study Act”.

SEC. 2. Establishment of a panel.

(a) Establishment.—There is established the “Twentieth Amendment Section Four Panel” (in this Act referred to as the “Panel”).

(b) Membership.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Panel shall be composed of 6 constitutional experts, of whom—

(A) 1 shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate;

(B) 1 shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;

(C) 1 shall be appointed jointly by the majority and minority leader of the Senate;

(D) 1 shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives;

(E) 1 shall be appointed by minority leader of the House of Representatives; and

(F) 1 shall be appointed jointly by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

(2) DATE.—The appointments of the members of the Panel shall be made not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

(3) VACANCY.—Any vacancy occurring in the membership of the Panel shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made.

(4) CHAIRPERSON AND VICE CHAIRPERSON.—The Panel shall select a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson from among the members of the Panel.

(c) Purpose.—The purpose of the Panel shall be to recommend to Congress model legislation, which shall provide for an appropriate process, pursuant to section 4 of the Twentieth Amendment to the United States Constitution, to resolve any vacancy created by the death of a candidate in a contingent presidential or vice-presidential election.

(d) Reports.—

(1) INITIAL REPORT.—Not later than 1 year after the date on which all of the appointments have been made under subsection (b)(2), the Panel shall submit to Congress an interim report containing the Panel’s findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

(2) FINAL REPORT.—Not later than 6 months after the submission of the interim report under paragraph (1), the Panel shall submit to Congress a final report containing the Panel’s findings, conclusions, and recommendations.

(e) Meetings; information.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Meetings of the Panel shall be held at the Law Library of Congress.

(2) INFORMATION.—The Panel may secure from the Law Library of Congress such information as the Panel considers necessary to carry out the provisions of this section.

(f) Funds.—

(1) COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS.—Members of the Panel shall receive no compensation.

(2) OTHER FUNDING.—No amounts shall be appropriated for the purposes of this Act, except for any amounts strictly necessary for the Law Library of Congress to execute its responsibilities under subsection (e).

(g) Termination.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The panel established under subsection (a) shall terminate 90 days after the date on which the panel submits the final report required under subsection (d)(2).

(2) RECORDS.—Upon termination of the panel, all of its records shall become the records of the Secretary of the Senate and the Clerk of the House of Representatives.