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"SEC. 3322. The Commission shall transmit to the Pres

3 ident and to each House of the Congress a report not later

4 than December 31, 1975. Such report shall contain a de5 tailed statement of the findings and conclusions of the Com6 mission, together with its recommendations for such legisla

7 tion, administrative actions, and other actions, as it deems

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"SEC. 3323. The Commission shall cease to exist sixty

11 days after transmitting its report under section 3322.

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"AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS

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"SEC. 3324. There is authorized to be appropriated

14 such sums as may be necessary to carry out section 3315 15 through section 3324.”.

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SEC. 3. The table of sections for chapter 33 of title 44,

17 United States Code, is amended by adding at the end thereof

18 the following new items:

“3315. Definitions.
“3316. Establishment of Commission.
“3317. Duties of Commission.
“3318. Membership.
“3319. Director and staff; experts and consultants.
“3320. Powers of Commission.
“3321. Support services.
“3322. Report.
“3323. Termination.
“3324. Authorization of appropriations.".

93D CONGRESS

2D SESSION

H. R. 16454

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

August 15, 1974 Mr. BINGHAM introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Com

mittee on House Administration

A BILL To provide for public ownership of certain documents of elected

public officials.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa

2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 That this Act may be cited as the "Public Documents Act”. 4 SEC. 2. (a) Title 44, United States Code, is amended 5 by adding at the end thereof the following new chapter:

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“Chapter 39—PUBLIC DOCUMENTS OF ELECTED

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OFFICIALS

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“3901. Definitions.
"3902. Papers of elected officials.
“3903. Preservation of public documents.
"3904. Judicial review.

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“(1) ‘elected official of the United States' means the President, Vice President, Senator, and Member of (or Resident Commissioner or Delegate to) the House of Representatives, including any individual holding such office for any period by reason of appointment

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“(2) ‘public documents' means, with respect to an elected official of the United States, the books, corre

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spondence, documents, papers, pamphlets, models, pictures, photographs, plats, maps, films, motion pictures, sound recordings, and other objects or materials which shall have been retained by an individual holding elec

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tive office under the United States and which were pre

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pared for or originated by such individual in connection with the transaction of public business during the period when such individual held elective office and which would not have been prepared if that individual had not held such office; except that copies of public documents preserved only for convenience of reference, and stocks of publications and of public documents previously processed under this title are not included.

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25 "Within one hundred and eighty days after an elected 26 official of the United States ceases to hold his office, the

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Administrator of General Services shall obtain any objects

2 or materials of that elected official which the Administrator

3 determines to be public documents within the meaning of 4 section 3901 (2) of this title, and such elected official shall

5 transmit such documents to the Administrator.

6 " 3903. Preservation of public documents

7 “The Administrator of General Services shall deposit in 8 the National Archives of the United States the public docu9 ments of each elected official of the United States obtained

10 under section 3902 of this title. Sections 2101-2113 of this

11 title shall apply to all public documents accepted under this

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"A decision by the Administrator of General Services

15 that any object or material is a public document of an elected

16 official of the United States within the meaning of section 17 3901 (2) of this title shall be a final agency decision within

18 the meaning of section 702 of title 5.".

19 (b) The table of chapters, preceding chapter 1 of such 20 title 44, is amended by adding at the end thereof the

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“39. Public Documents of Elected Officials.-

3901". 93D CONGRESS

41-660 O. 74 - 2

2D SESSION

H. R. 16954

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

SEPTEMBER 30, 1974 Mr. SEIBERLING introduced the following bill; which was referred to the

Committee on House Administration

A BILL To provide for the preservation of public records received, held,

prepared, or originated by or for the President or Vice President of the United States.

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Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representa

2 tives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, 3 That this Act may be cited as the “Public Records Act of

4 1974".

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SEC. 2. (a) Title 44, United States Code, is amended

6 by adding at the end thereof the following new chapter:

7 “Chapter 39—PUBLIC RECORDS OF PRESIDENT AND

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