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108th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                 S. 908

   To establish the United States Consensus Council to provide for a 
consensus building process in addressing national public policy issues, 
                        and for other purposes.


_______________________________________________________________________


                   IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

                             April 11, 2003

  Ms. Collins (for herself, Mr. Dorgan, Mr. Santorum, and Mr. Conrad) 
introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the 
                   Committee on Governmental Affairs

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL


 
   To establish the United States Consensus Council to provide for a 
consensus building process in addressing national public policy issues, 
                        and for other purposes.

    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 ``United States Consensus Council Act 
of 2003''.

SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.

    (a) Findings.--Congress finds that--
            (1) throughout the Nation there is increasing success in 
        the use of collaborative and consensus-building approaches to 
        address critical public policy issues at the national, State, 
        and local levels;
            (2) there is a need for a national Council that serves the 
        Nation by promoting and conducting consensus-building processes 
        that primarily address legislative policy issues of national 
        importance;
            (3) such a Council may enroll specific stakeholders, both 
        public and private, to build agreements that ultimately may be 
        implemented by Congress, Federal agencies, or other 
        policymaking bodies;
            (4) such a Council will strive to create public policy 
        agreements that integrate differing perspectives into highest 
        common denominator solutions;
            (5) the establishment of such a Council is an appropriate 
        investment by the people of this Nation in a capacity that 
        works in cooperation with Congress and others to assist the 
        current public policymaking processes on selected issues;
            (6) the existence of such a Council could contribute 
        especially to resolving differences on contentious policy 
        issues, preventing polarization on emerging policy issues and 
        addressing issues of complexity that involve multiple parties 
        and perspectives;
            (7) the establishment of such a Council may contribute 
        significantly to a renewed sense of civility and respect for 
        differences, while at the same time promoting vigorous 
        interchange and open communications among those with differing 
        points of view; and
            (8) the Council may become a repository of wisdom and 
        experience on public policy collaboration and consensus-
        building that can be shared with public and private sector 
        policymakers and the public in the interest of promoting more 
        effective public policy and the increased use of collaborative 
        processes.
    (b) Purpose.--The purpose of this Act is to establish an 
independent, nonprofit, national Council to serve the Nation by seeking 
to produce consensus on policy issues of national importance through 
collaborative processes.

SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act, the term--
            (1) ``Board'' means the Board of Directors of the Council;
            (2) ``Council'' means the United States Consensus Council 
        established under this Act; and
            (3) ``Director'' means an individual appointed to the Board 
        of Directors of the Council.

SEC. 4. UNITED STATES CONSENSUS COUNCIL.

    (a) Establishment.--There is established the United States 
Consensus Council.
    (b) District of Columbia Nonprofit Corporation; Status; 
Restrictions.--The Council shall be established as an independent 
nonprofit corporation under the District of Columbia Nonprofit 
Corporation Act (D.C. Code, section 29-301 et seq.). Upon establishment 
under that Act, the Council shall conform to all the requirements 
applicable to a nonprofit corporation so established in the District 
and shall be subject to such oversight by the District of Columbia as 
is applicable to a nonprofit corporation so established. The Council is 
not an agency or instrumentality of the United States.
    (c) Trade Name and Trademark Rights; Vested Rights Protected; 
Condition for Use of Federal Identity.--
            (1) In general.--The Council has the sole and exclusive 
        right to use and to allow or refuse others the use of the term 
        ``United States Consensus Council'' and the use of any official 
        United States Consensus Council emblem, badge, seal, and other 
        mark of recognition or any colorable simulation thereof.
            (2) United states references.--The Council may use ``United 
        States'' or ``U.S.'' or any other reference to the United 
States Government or Nation in its title or in its corporate seal, 
emblem, badge, or other mark of recognition or colorable simulation 
thereof in any fiscal year only if there is an authorization of 
appropriations, or appropriations, for the Council for such fiscal year 
provided by law.

SEC. 5. POWERS AND DUTIES.

    (a) In General.--The Council may exercise the powers conferred upon 
a nonprofit corporation by the District of Columbia Nonprofit 
Corporation Act (D.C. Code, section 29-301 et seq.) consistent with 
this Act.
    (b) Description of Specific Activities.--
            (1) In general.--The Council may--
                    (A) develop and conduct processes to build 
                consensus on national policy issues;
                    (B) enter into formal and informal relationships 
                with other institutions, public and private, for 
                purposes not inconsistent with this Act;
                    (C) identify particular public policy issues as to 
                which the Council's expertise would be useful in 
                building a consensus;
                    (D) subject to paragraph (2), coordinate with, make 
                referrals to and receive referrals from, other conflict 
                or dispute resolution instrumentalities of the United 
                States, including the United States Institute for 
                Environmental Conflict Resolution or the Federal 
                Mediation and Conciliation Service; and
                    (E) develop and apply criteria for the purpose of 
                determining whether the Council will enter into a 
                consensus-building process on a particular issue.
            (2) Limitations on certain activities.--The Council shall 
        consult and coordinate with the United States Institute for 
        Environmental Conflict Resolution and the Federal Mediation and 
        Conciliation Service to ensure that the activities of the 
        Council do not--
                    (A) duplicate the activities of the Institute or 
                Service; or
                    (B) interfere with the Institute or Service in 
                carrying out their respective statutory 
                responsibilities.
            (3) Consensus-building process.--With respect to each 
        consensus-building process, the Council--
                    (A) shall consider such factors as the degree of 
                congressional interest in the issue, as well as issue 
                complexity, cost, ripeness, likelihood of participation 
                by key stakeholders, and any other relevant indices 
                that may assist the Council in determining whether to 
                enter into a particular consensus process;
                    (B) may identify any appropriate facilitator for 
                the negotiation process;
                    (C) may identify the key stakeholders involved or 
                interested in the outcome of a particular issue, 
                including those individuals who have the authority to 
                implement the recommendations that result from the 
                Council's consensus building processes;
                    (D) may develop and publish a common set of facts 
                to inform and assist consensus-building processes;
                    (E) may establish ground rules, including matters 
                related to confidentiality, representation of counsel, 
                and ex parte communications;
                    (F) may work to promote consensus among the 
                stakeholders by methods such as negotiation, 
                discussion, meetings, and any other process of dispute 
                resolution;
                    (G) may build and construct agreements among 
                stakeholders;
                    (H) may issue a report reflecting the results of 
                consideration by the Council on consensus-building 
                efforts; and
                    (I) may provide training and technical assistance 
                on any issue within the Council's competence.
            (4) Other activities.--The Council also may engage in any 
        other activity consistent with its mission.
    (c) General Authority.--The Council may do any and all lawful acts 
necessary or desirable to carry out the objectives and purposes of this 
Act.
    (d) Guidelines for Council Operations.--As necessary, the Council 
shall develop guidelines, through its bylaws or otherwise, to address--
            (1) policies relating to personal service contracts;
            (2) standards to ensure that the Council, its Directors, 
        employees, and agents, avoid conflicts of interest that may 
        arise;
            (3) fundraising policies, donor development programs, and 
        matters related to the acceptance of private donations;
            (4) procedures to ensure that all participants in a 
        consensus-building process are informed of--
                    (A) the sources of funding of the Council; and
                    (B) the source and purpose of any donation for 
                which a purpose is specified when donated to the 
                Council;
            (5) the duties and responsibilities of the Council, its 
        Board, officers, employees, and agents; and
            (6) the establishment of advisory committees, councils, or 
        other bodies, as the efficient administration of the business 
        and purposes of the Council may require.

SEC. 6. BOARD OF DIRECTORS.

    (a) Vested Powers.--The powers of the Council shall be vested in a 
Board of Directors unless otherwise specified in this Act or delegated 
by the Board.
    (b) Appointments.--The Board of Directors shall consist of 12 
voting members as follows:
            (1) Four individuals, including private citizens or State 
        or local employees, no more than 2 of whom shall be of the same 
        political party, appointed by the President. The President 
        shall appoint members of the opposing party only on the 
        recommendation of the leaders of Congress from that party.
            (2) Two individuals, including private citizens or State or 
        local employees, appointed by the Majority Leader of the 
        Senate.
            (3) Two individuals, including private citizens or State or 
        local employees, appointed by the Minority Leader of the 
        Senate.
            (4) Two individuals, including private citizens or State or 
        local employees, appointed by the Speaker of the House of 
        Representatives.
            (5) Two individuals, including private citizens or State or 
        local employees, appointed by the Minority Leader of the House 
        of Representatives.
    (c) Term of Office: Commencement and Termination, Interim and 
Remainder Service, Limitation.--
            (1) Term of office.--Directors appointed under subsection 
        (b) of this section shall be appointed to 4-year terms, with no 
        Director serving more than 2 consecutive terms, except that--
                    (A) as designated by the President, the terms of 2 
                of the 4 Directors initially appointed under subsection 
                (b)(1) shall be 2 years, subject to appointment to no 
                more than 2 additional 4-year terms in the manner set 
                forth in this section;
                    (B) as designated by the Speaker of the House of 
                Representatives, the terms of the 2 Directors initially 
                appointed under subsection (b)(4) shall be 2 years, 
                subject to appointment to no more than 2 additional 4-
                year terms in the manner set forth in this section; and
                    (C) as designated by the Minority Leader of the 
                House of Representatives, the terms of the 2 Directors 
                initially appointed under subsection (b)(5) shall be 2 
                years, subject to appointment to no more than 2 
                additional 4-year terms in the manner set forth in this 
                section.
            (2) Remainder service.--Any Director appointed to the Board 
        to replace a Director whose term has not expired shall be 
        appointed to serve the remainder of that term.
            (3) President of council.--The President of the Council 
        shall serve as a nonvoting Director of the Board.
    (d) Qualifications.--
            (1) In general.--A demonstrated interest in the mission of 
        the Council or expertise in consensus building shall be 
        considered in appointments made under this section.
            (2) Non-federal employees.--No Director may be an officer 
        or employee of the Federal Government, including a Member of 
        Congress.
    (e) Removal From Office.--A Director may be replaced by the 
appointing official or may be removed by a process to be established in 
the Council's bylaws.
    (f) Meetings; Notice in Federal Register.--Meetings of the Board 
shall be conducted pursuant to the Council's bylaws, except as provided 
in the following:
            (1) Initial organizational meeting.--
                    (A) In general.--The Board shall hold an initial 
                organizational meeting within 60 days after the 
                appointment of at least \1/3\ of the members under this 
                section. The purpose of the meeting shall be to provide 
                for the incorporation of the Council as a non-profit 
                corporation in the District of Columbia as provided 
                under section 4 and to adopt the interim bylaws and 
                guidelines required under this section for its 
                operation.
                    (B) Required ratification of actions of 
                organizational meeting.--The Articles of Incorporation 
                and the interim bylaws and guidelines adopted in the 
                initial organizational meeting shall be effective only 
                until the first meeting of the Board after the 
                appointment of all members under this section, at which 
                time the articles, bylaws, or guidelines may be 
                ratified or modified by the Board.
            (2) Meetings; quorum.--The Board shall meet at least 
        semiannually. A majority of the Directors in office shall 
        constitute a quorum for any Board meeting.

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