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S. 528 (is) To amend the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 to modify the requirements for voter mail registration and for other purposes. [Introduced in Senate] ...
108th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 527 To establish the Southern Regional Commission for the purpose of breaking the cycle of persistent poverty among the southeastern States. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 5, 2003 Mr. Miller introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To establish the Southern Regional Commission for the purpose of breaking the cycle of persistent poverty among the southeastern States. 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 ``Southern Regional Commission Act of 2003''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) the rural southeast has been historically marked by high poverty rates, low education levels, poor economic conditions, and poor quality of life, for individuals of all ages; (2) recent studies-- (A) have documented the social costs of persistent poverty; (B) have documented that the rural southeast-- (i) experiences greater levels of overall poverty than the Appalachian region or the Delta region; but (ii) has not been made the subject of a focused Federal program to address poverty; and (C) argue for the need for a governmental commission to build on the efforts of States, local governments, and community-based entities to focus on ending persistent poverty and building wealth; (3) the structure of the Appalachian Regional Commission serves as a successful model for building wealth and improving the conditions of communities that suffer from persistent poverty; and (4) a commission for the rural southeast established on the model of the Appalachian Regional Commission is critical-- (A) to address the gaps in education, health, housing, transportation, technology, and infrastructure in the southeastern poverty belt; and (B) to break the cycle of persistent poverty in the region. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) Commission.--The term ``Commission'' means the Southern Regional Commission established by section 4(a). (2) Federal grant program.--The term ``Federal grant program'' means a Federal grant program to provide assistance in carrying out economic and community development activities. (3) Local development district.--The term ``local development district'' means an entity that-- (A) is designated by the State and is-- (i) a planning district in existence on the date of enactment of this Act that is recognized by the Economic Development Administration of the Department of Commerce; or (ii) a special district that is-- (I) designated after consultation with each appropriate State agency and the Governor; and (II) responsible for addressing the causes and effects of persistent poverty; and (B) has not, as certified by the Federal cochairperson-- (i) inappropriately used Federal grant funds from any Federal source; or (ii) appointed an officer who, during the period in which another entity inappropriately used Federal grant funds from any Federal source, was an officer of the other entity. (4) Nonprofit entity.--The term ``nonprofit entity'' means any entity with tax-exempt or nonprofit status (as determined by the Internal Revenue Service) that-- (A) has been formed for the purpose of economic development; or (B) has a proven record of economic development experience. (5) Region.--The term ``region'' means the area consisting of-- (A) in the State of Alabama, the counties of Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Escambia, Geneva, Greene, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Marengo, Monroe, Perry, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Washington, and Wilcox; (B) in the State of Florida, the counties of Alachua, Baker, Bay, Bradford, Calhoun, Columbia, Dixie, Franklin, Gadsden, Gilchrist, Gulf, Hamilton, Holmes, Jackson, Jefferson, Lafayette, Leon, Levy, Liberty, Madison, Putnam, Suwannee, Taylor, Union, Walton, and Washington; (C) in the State of Georgia, the counties of Appling, Atkinson, Bacon, Baker, Baldwin, Ben Hill, Berrien, Bleckley, Brantley, Brooks, Bulloch, Burke, Calhoun, Candler, Charlton, Clarke, Clay, Clinch, Coffee, Colquit, Cook, Crawford, Crisp, Decatur, Dodge, Dooly, Dougherty, Early, Echols, Emanuel, Evans, Glascock, Glynn, Grady, Greene, Hancock, Irwin, Jasper, Jeff Davis, Jefferson, Jenkins, Johnson, Lanier, Laurens, Liberty, Lincoln, Long, Lowndes, Macon, Marion, McDuffie, McIntosh, Meriwether, Miller, Mitchell, Montgomery, Oglethorpe, Peach, Pierce, Pulaski, Putnam, Quitman, Randolph, Schley, Screven, Seminole, Stewart, Sumter, Talbot, Taliaferro, Tattnall, Taylor, Telfair, Terrell, Thomas, Tift, Toombs, Treutlen, Troup, Turner, Twiggs, Ware, Warren, Washington, Wayne, Webster, Wheeler, Wilcox, Wilkes, Wilkinson, and Worth; (D) in the State of Mississippi, the counties of Clarke, Forrest, George, Greene, Hancock, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lauderdale, Leake, Neshoba, Newton, Pearl River, Perry, Scott, Smith, Stone, and Wayne; (E) in the State of North Carolina, the counties of Anson, Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Caswell, Chowan, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Edgecombe, Gates, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Hertford, Hoke, Hyde, Jones, Lenoir, Martin, Montgomery, Nash, New Hanover, Northampton, Pamilco, Pasquotank, Pender, Perquimans, Pitt, Richmond, Robeson, Sampson, Scotland, Tyrrell, Vance, Warren, Washington, Wayne, and Wilson; (F) in the State of South Carolina, the counties of Abbeville, Allendale, Bamberg, Barnwell, Calhoun, Chester, Chesterfield, Clarendon, Colleton, Darlington, Dillon, Edgefield, Fairfield, Florence, Georgetown, Greenwood, Hampton, Jasper, Lee, Marion, Marlboro, McCormick, Newberry, Orangeburg, Saluda, Sumter, Union, and Williamsburg; and (G) in the State of Virginia, the counties of Brunswick, Buckingham, Charlotte, Cumberland, Danville, Emporia, Greensville, Halifax, Lunenburg, Mecklenburg, Nottoway, Prince Edward, Southampton, and Sussex. SEC. 4. SOUTHERN REGIONAL COMMISSION. (a) Establishment.-- (1) In general.--There is established the Southern Regional Commission. (2) Composition.--The Commission shall be composed of-- (A) a Federal member, to be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate; and (B) State members, who shall consist of the Governor of each State in the region that elects to participate in the Commission. (3) Cochairpersons.--The Commission shall be headed by-- (A) the Federal member, who shall serve-- (i) as the Federal cochairperson; and (ii) as a liaison between the Federal Government and the Commission; and (B) a State cochairperson, who shall be-- (i) a Governor of a State described in paragraph (2)(B); and (ii) elected by the State members for a term of not less than 1 year. (b) Alternate Members.-- (1) Alternate federal cochairperson.--The President shall appoint an alternate Federal cochairperson. (2) State alternate members.-- (A) Appointment.--The State member of a State described in subsection (a)(2)(B) may have a single alternate member, who shall be appointed by the Governor of the State from among the cabinet or personal staff of the Governor. (B) Voting.--An alternate member shall vote in the event of the absence, death, disability, removal, or resignation of the member for whom the individual is an alternate member. (3) Quorum.-- (A) In general.--Subject to subparagraphs (B) and (C), the Commission shall determine what constitutes a quorum of the Commission. (B) Federal cochairperson.--To establish a quorum of the Commission, the Federal cochairperson or a designee of the Federal cochairperson shall be present. (C) State alternate members.--A State alternate member shall not be counted toward the establishment of a quorum of the Commission. (4) Delegation of power.--No power or responsibility of the Commission specified in paragraph (3) or (4) of subsection (c), and no voting right of any member of the Commission, shall be delegated to any individual who-- (A) is not a Commission member; or (B) is not entitled to vote in Commission meetings. (c) Decisions.-- (1) Requirements for approval.--Except as provided in subsection (g), each decision by the Commission shall require the affirmative vote of the Federal cochairperson and a majority of the State members, excluding members representing States delinquent under subsection (g)(2)(C). (2) Consultation.--In any matter coming before the Commission, the Federal cochairperson, to the maximum extent practicable, shall consult with Federal agencies having an interest in the matter. (3) Decisions requiring quorum of state members.--The following decisions may not be made without a quorum of State members: (A) A decision involving Commission policy. (B) Approval of a State, regional, or subregional development plan or strategy statement. (C) Modification or revision of the code of the Commission. (D) Allocation among the States of amounts made available under this Act. (4) Project and grant proposals.--The approval of project and grant proposals shall be-- (A) a responsibility of the Commission; and (B) carried out in accordance with section 10. (d) Duties.--The Commission shall-- (1) develop, on a continuing basis, giving due consideration to other Federal, State, and local planning and development activities in the region, comprehensive and coordinated plans and programs to establish priorities and approve grants aimed at breaking the cycle of persistent poverty by increasing the capacity of individuals-- (A) to participate in the economy; and (B) to build wealth; (2) not later than 1 year after the date of enactment of this Act, establish priorities in a targeted strategy for the region (including 5-year outcome targets for the region); (3)(A) use the findings of Phase I of the Study on Persistent Poverty in the South, prepared by the University of Georgia and dated 2002; and (B) assess any needs and capital assets of the region that are not addressed by the study referred to in subparagraph (A) based on available research, demonstration projects, assessments, and evaluations of the region prepared by-- (i) Federal, State, or local agencies; (ii) private nonprofit entities focused on development of the region, such as the Southern Growth Policies Board; (iii) local development districts; (iv) local community-based entities and collaboratives; (v) institutions of higher education; or (vi) any other relevant source; (4) enhance the capacity of, and provide support for, local development districts in the region; (5) support and enhance State resources and activities designed to address persistent poverty; (6) promote multijurisdictional efforts at the local level intended to maximize local resources; (7) support community-based efforts designed to address persistent poverty; (8) encourage private investment in industrial, commercial, and other economic development projects in the region; and (9) engage land-grant colleges and universities (as defined in section 1404 of the National Agricultural Research, Extension, and Teaching Policy Act of 1977 (7 U.S.C. 3103)) to provide research support for each State included in the region. (e) Administration.--In carrying out subsection (d), the Commission may-- (1) hold such hearings, sit and act at such times and places, take such testimony, receive such evidence, and print or otherwise reproduce and distribute a description of the proceedings of, and reports on actions by, the Commission as the Commission considers appropriate; (2) authorize, through the Federal or State cochairperson or any other member of the Commission designated by the Commission, the administration of oaths, if the Commission determines that testimony should be taken or evidence received under oath; (3) request from any Federal, State, or local agency such information as is available to or procurable by the agency and may be of use to the Commission in carrying out the duties of the Commission;
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