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H.R. 5109 (rfs) To amend title 38, United States Code, to improve the personnel system of the Veterans Health Administration, and for other purposes. [Referred in Senate] ...
108th CONGRESS 2d Session H. R. 5109 To establish the Airport Noise Curfew Commission. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES September 21, 2004 Mr. Crowley (for himself, Mr. Serrano, Mr. Sherman, Mr. Hoeffel, Mr. Weiner, Mrs. McCarthy of New York, Mr. Smith of Washington, Mr. Berman, Mr. Holt, Mrs. Maloney, Mrs. Lowey, Mr. Stark, Mr. Israel, Mr. Moran of Virginia, Mr. Green of Texas, Mr. Delahunt, and Mr. Schiff) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To establish the Airport Noise Curfew Commission. 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 ``Airport Noise Curfew Act of 2004''. SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT. There is established a commission to be known as the ``Airport Noise Curfew Commission'' (in this Act referred to as the ``Commission''). SEC. 3. DUTIES OF COMMISSION. The Commission shall study and make recommendations to Congress regarding the establishment of curfews on nonmilitary aircraft operations over populated areas of the United States during normal sleeping hours. SEC. 4. MEMBERSHIP. (a) Number and Appointment.--The Commission shall be composed of 9 members as follows: (1) 4 members appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives. (2) 3 members appointed by the President pro tempore of the Senate. (3) The Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (or the Administrator's designee). (4) The Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (or the Administrator's designee). (b) Qualifications.--One of the members appointed under each of subsections (a)(1) and (a)(2) shall be a representative of the aviation industry. The other members appointed under such subsections shall be private citizens not involved in the aviation industry. (c) Chairperson.--The Chairperson of the Commission shall be elected by the members from among the members appointed under subsections (a)(1) and (a)(2) who are private citizens not involved in the aviation industry. (d) Vacancies.--A vacancy in the Commission shall be filled in the manner in which the original appointment was made. (e) Basic Pay.-- (1) Rates of pay.--To the extent or in the amounts provided in advance in appropriation Acts and except as provided in paragraph (2), members of the Commission shall each be entitled to receive the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay in effect for grade GS-18 of the General Schedule for each day (including travel time) during which they are engaged in the actual performance of duties vested in the Commission. (2) Prohibition of compensation of federal employees.-- Members of the Commission who are full-time officers or employees of the United States may not receive additional pay, allowances, or benefits by reason of their service on the Commission. (f) Travel Expenses.--Each member shall receive travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, in accordance with applicable provisions under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code. SEC. 5. STAFF OF COMMISSION. (a) Staff.--Subject to rules prescribed by the Commission, the Chairperson may appoint and fix the pay of such personnel as the Chairperson considers appropriate. (b) Applicability of Certain Civil Service Laws.--The staff of the Commission may be appointed without regard to the provisions of title 5, United States Code, governing appointments in the competitive service, and may be paid without regard to the provisions of chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of such title relating to classification and General Schedule pay rates. (c) Experts and Consultants.--Subject to rules prescribed by the Commission, the Chairperson may procure temporary and intermittent services to the same extent as is authorized by section 3109(b) of title 5, United States Code, but at rates for individuals not to exceed the daily equivalent of the annual rate of basic pay in effect for grade GS-18 of the General Schedule. (d) Staff of Federal Agencies.--Upon request of the Commission, the head of any Federal department or agency may detail, on a reimbursable basis, any of the personnel of that department or agency to the Commission to assist it in carrying out its duties under this Act. SEC. 6. POWERS OF COMMISSION. (a) Hearings and Sessions.--The Commission may, for the purpose of carrying out its duties and functions under this Act, hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, and receive such evidence, as the Commission considers appropriate. (b) Powers of Members and Agents.--Any member or agent of the Commission may, if authorized by the Commission, take any action which the Commission is authorized to take by this Act. (c) Obtaining Official Data.--The Commission may secure directly from any Federal department or agency information necessary to enable it to carry out its duties and functions. Upon request of the Chairperson of the Commission, the head of such department or agency shall furnish such information to the Commission. (d) Mails.--The Commission may use the United States mails in the same manner and under the same conditions as other Federal departments and agencies. (e) Administrative Support Services.--Upon the request of the Commission, the Administrator of General Services shall provide to the Commission, on a reimbursable basis, the administrative support services necessary for the Commission to carry out its responsibilities under this Act. (f) Subpoena Power.--The Commission may issue subpoenas requiring the attendance and testimony of witnesses and the production of any evidence relating to any matter which the Commission is empowered to investigate by this Act. The attendance of witnesses and the production of evidence may be required from any place within the United States at any designated place of hearing within the United States. SEC. 7. REPORT. Not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission shall transmit to Congress a report on its findings and recommendations. SEC. 8. TERMINATION. The Commission shall terminate on the date of transmission of its report under section 7. <all>
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