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Titles (3)

Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Assassination Materials Disclosure Resolution of 1992

Short Titles as Introduced

Assassination Materials Disclosure Act of 1992

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To provide for the expeditious disclosure of records relevant to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.


Actions Overview (4)

Date Actions Overview
08/12/1992Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
08/11/1992Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 102-625, Part II.
06/29/1992Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Government Operations. H. Rept. 102-625, Part I.
03/26/1992Introduced in House

All Actions (30)

Date Chamber All Actions
09/23/1992SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Governmental Affairs.
09/21/1992SenateReceived in the Senate.
08/12/1992-2:51pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
08/12/1992-2:50pmHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the resolution, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.
08/12/1992-2:50pmHouseConsidered as unfinished business.
08/11/1992-8:07pmHouseAt the conclusion of debate, the chair put the question on the motion to suspend the rules. Mr. Sensenbrenner objected to the vote on the grounds that a quorum was not present. Further proceedings on the motion were postponed until Aug. 12. The point of no quorum was withdrawn.
08/11/1992-7:42pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate.
08/11/1992-7:42pmHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules.
08/11/1992-7:41pmHouseMr. Conyers moved to suspend the rules and pass the resolution, as amended.
08/11/1992HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Judiciary. H. Rept. 102-625, Part II.
07/01/1992HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
07/01/1992HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended).
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
06/29/1992HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Government Operations. H. Rept. 102-625, Part I.
06/03/1992HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Government Operations
06/03/1992HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended).
Action By: Committee on Government Operations
06/03/1992HouseSubcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: House Government Operations Subcommittee on Legislation and National Security
06/03/1992HouseForwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee (Amended).
Action By: House Government Operations Subcommittee on Legislation and National Security
05/28/1992HouseSubcommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law
05/28/1992HouseForwarded by Subcommittee to Full Committee.
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law
05/20/1992HouseSubcommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: House Judiciary Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law
05/15/1992HouseSubcommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: House Government Operations Subcommittee on Legislation and National Security
04/28/1992HouseSubcommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: House Government Operations Subcommittee on Legislation and National Security
03/30/1992HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Legislation and National Security.
Action By: Committee on Government Operations
03/30/1992HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Government Information, Justice and Agriculture.
Action By: Committee on Government Operations
03/30/1992HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law.
Action By: Committee on the Judiciary
03/26/1992HouseReferred to the House Committee on Rules.
03/26/1992HouseReferred to the House Committee on Judiciary.
03/26/1992HouseReferred to the House Committee on House Administration.
03/26/1992HouseReferred to the House Committee on Government Operations.
03/26/1992HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (112)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Conyers, John, Jr. [D-MI-1]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Brooks, Jack B. [D-TX-9]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Rose, Charlie [D-NC-7]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Hamilton, Lee H. [D-IN-9]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Moakley, John Joseph [D-MA-9]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Fazio, Vic [D-CA-4]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Horton, Frank J. [R-NY-29]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Traficant, James A., Jr. [D-OH-17]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Weldon, Curt [R-PA-7]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Clay, William (Bill) [D-MO-1]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Campbell, Ben Nighthorse [D-CO-3]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Rohrabacher, Dana [R-CA-42]* 03/26/1992
Rep. AuCoin, Les [D-OR-1]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Pickett, Owen B. [D-VA-2]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Leach, James A. [R-IA-1]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Miller, George [D-CA-7]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Jacobs, Andrew, Jr. [D-IN-10]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Clement, Bob [D-TN-5]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Wylie, Chalmers P. [R-OH-15]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Schroeder, Patricia [D-CO-1]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Serrano, Jose E. [D-NY-18]* 03/26/1992
Rep. McNulty, Michael R. [D-NY-23]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Martinez, Matthew G. [D-CA-30]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Santorum, Rick [R-PA-18]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Lewis, Thomas F. [R-FL-12]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Sharp, Philip R. [D-IN-2]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Dreier, David [R-CA-33]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Kopetski, Mike [D-OR-5]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Bereuter, Doug [R-NE-1]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Emerson, Bill [R-MO-8]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Waxman, Henry A. [D-CA-24]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Hefley, Joel [R-CO-5]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Peterson, Douglas (Pete) [D-FL-2]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Gilman, Benjamin A. [R-NY-22]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Bacchus, Jim [D-FL-11]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Skaggs, David E. [D-CO-2]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Slaughter, Louise McIntosh [D-NY-30]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Slattery, Jim [D-KS-2]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Abercrombie, Neil [D-HI-1]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Mineta, Norman Y. [D-CA-13]* 03/26/1992
Rep. Smith, Robert [R-OR-2] 04/09/1992
Rep. Hochbrueckner, George J. [D-NY-1] 04/09/1992
Rep. Machtley, Ronald K. [R-RI-1] 04/09/1992
Rep. Yates, Sidney R. [D-IL-9] 04/09/1992
Rep. Myers, John T. [R-IN-7] 04/09/1992
Rep. Burton, Dan [R-IN-6] 04/09/1992
Rep. McCloskey, Frank [D-IN-8] 04/09/1992
Rep. Blackwell, Lucien E. [D-PA-2] 04/09/1992
Rep. Wyden, Ron [D-OR-3] 04/09/1992
Rep. Shays, Christopher [R-CT-4] 04/09/1992
Rep. Wolf, Frank R. [R-VA-10] 04/09/1992
Rep. Riggs, Frank [R-CA-1] 04/09/1992
Rep. Morella, Constance A. [R-MD-8] 04/09/1992
Rep. Hyde, Henry J. [R-IL-6] 04/09/1992
Rep. Towns, Edolphus [D-NY-11] 04/09/1992
Rep. Weiss, Ted [D-NY-17] 04/09/1992
Rep. Levine, Mel [D-CA-27] 04/09/1992
Rep. Williams, Pat [D-MT-1] 04/09/1992
Rep. Walsh, James T. [R-NY-27] 04/09/1992
Rep. Roukema, Marge [R-NJ-5] 04/09/1992
Rep. Morrison, Sid [R-WA-4] 04/09/1992
Rep. Berman, Howard L. [D-CA-26] 04/09/1992
Rep. Dannemeyer, William E. [R-CA-39] 04/09/1992
Rep. Camp, Dave [R-MI-10] 04/09/1992
Rep. Dooley, Calvin M. [D-CA-17] 04/09/1992
Rep. Price, David E. [D-NC-4] 04/09/1992
Rep. Smith, Lawrence [D-FL-16] 04/09/1992
Rep. Hughes, William J. [D-NJ-2] 04/09/1992
Rep. Sanders, Bernard [I-VT-At Large] 04/09/1992
Rep. Coyne, William J. [D-PA-14] 04/09/1992
Rep. Marlenee, Ron [R-MT-2] 04/09/1992
Rep. Evans, Lane [D-IL-17] 04/09/1992
Rep. Dixon, Julian C. [D-CA-28] 04/09/1992
Rep. LaFalce, John J. [D-NY-32] 04/09/1992
Rep. Andrews, Thomas H. [D-ME-1] 05/04/1992
Rep. Edwards, Don [D-CA-10] 05/04/1992
Rep. Spratt, John M., Jr. [D-SC-5] 05/04/1992
Rep. Livingston, Bob [R-LA-1] 05/04/1992
Rep. Guarini, Frank J. [D-NJ-14] 05/04/1992
Rep. Vento, Bruce F. [D-MN-4] 05/04/1992
Rep. Boxer, Barbara [D-CA-6] 05/04/1992
Rep. Klug, Scott L. [R-WI-2] 05/04/1992
Rep. Fascell, Dante B. [D-FL-19] 05/04/1992
Rep. Lipinski, William O. [D-IL-5] 05/04/1992
Rep. Glickman, Dan [D-KS-4] 05/04/1992
Rep. Chandler, Rod D. [R-WA-8] 05/04/1992
Rep. Kostmayer, Peter H. [D-PA-8] 05/04/1992
Rep. Sisisky, Norman [D-VA-4] 05/04/1992
Rep. Schiff, Steven [R-NM-1] 05/04/1992
Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7] 05/04/1992
Rep. Johnston, Harry [D-FL-14] 06/09/1992
Rep. Hansen, James V. [R-UT-1] 06/09/1992
Rep. Oakar, Mary Rose [D-OH-20] 06/09/1992
Rep. Gingrich, Newt [R-GA-6] 06/09/1992
Rep. Oberstar, James L. [D-MN-8] 06/09/1992
Rep. Kasich, John R. [R-OH-12] 06/09/1992
Del. Norton, Eleanor Holmes [D-DC-At Large] 06/09/1992
Rep. Sangmeister, George E. [D-IL-4] 06/09/1992
Rep. Feighan, Edward F. [D-OH-19] 06/09/1992
Rep. Atkins, Chester G. [D-MA-5] 06/09/1992
Rep. Pelosi, Nancy [D-CA-5] 06/09/1992
Rep. Yatron, Gus [D-PA-6] 06/09/1992
Rep. Lehman, Richard H. [D-CA-18] 06/09/1992
Rep. Mrazek, Robert J. [D-NY-3] 06/09/1992
Rep. Swett, Dick [D-NH-2] 06/09/1992
Rep. Kaptur, Marcy [D-OH-9] 06/09/1992
Rep. Stallings, Richard H. [D-ID-2] 06/09/1992
Rep. Panetta, Leon [D-CA-16] 06/09/1992
Rep. Condit, Gary A. [D-CA-15] 06/09/1992
Rep. Molinari, Susan [R-NY-14] 08/06/1992
Rep. Chapman, Jim [D-TX-1] 08/06/1992
Rep. Meyers, Jan [R-KS-3] 08/06/1992

Committees (5)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Related Documents
House Government Operations03/26/1992 Referred to
06/03/1992 Markup by
06/29/1992 Reported by H.Rept 102-625 Part 1
House Government Operations Subcommittee on Government Information, Justice, and Agriculture03/30/1992 Referred to
House Government Operations Subcommittee on Legislation and National Security03/30/1992 Referred to
05/15/1992 Hearings by
06/03/1992 Markup by
06/03/1992 Reported by
House Administration03/26/1992 Referred to
House Judiciary03/26/1992 Referred to
07/01/1992 Markup by
08/11/1992 Reported by H.Rept 102-625 Part 2
House Judiciary Subcommittee on Economic and Commercial Law03/30/1992 Referred to
05/20/1992 Hearings by
05/28/1992 Markup by
05/28/1992 Reported by
House Rules03/26/1992 Referred to
Senate Governmental Affairs09/23/1992 Referred to

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Latest Summary (2)

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Passed House amended (08/12/1992)

Assassination Materials Disclosure Resolution of 1992 - Directs the Archivist of the United States to establish in the National Archives (NA) the President Kennedy Assassination Materials Collection.

Requires the National Historical Publications and Records Commission to provide for the selection and preparation for publication of materials in the Collection that are of broad historical interest.

Requires the Public Printer to make such materials available: (1) for distribution and sale; and (2) through the Depository Library Program.

Authorizes the head of each executive agency to transfer to the Archivist for inclusion in the Collection each record of an official investigation of the assassination of President Kennedy (assassination record) for which the agency is a custodian of records.

Requires such agency head to make available to the Assassination Materials Review Board (established by this Act) each assassination record for which the agency is a custodian of records and which has not been transferred from the agency to the Archivist.

Requires the Archivist to make available to the Review Board each assassination record for which the Committee on House Administration of the House of Representatives or the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate is a custodian of records.

Requires the custodian of records for an assassination record, no later than 60 days after receipt of a Review Board recommendation with respect to the record, to transfer it to the Archivist for inclusion in the Collection if: (1) the Review Board determines that the record is assassination material and recommends its transfer to the Archivist for inclusion in the Collection; and (2) that transfer and inclusion is not postponed under this Act.

Requires the Review Board to review assassination and all other relevant records made available to it to determine whether the record is assassination material and, if so and in accordance with criteria for postponement, submit to the custodian of records or other appropriate entity a recommendation that the record: (1) should be transferred to the Archivist for inclusion in the Collection; or (2) qualifies for postponement. Requires each determination and recommendation of the Review Board to: (1) identify the record that is the subject of the determination or recommendation; and (2) set forth the basis for the determination or recommendation. Requires the Review Board to: (1) determine that a record is assassination material, unless it determines by clear and convincing evidence that the record does not have any relevance to the Kennedy assassination; (2) recommend the transfer of assassination material to the Archivist for inclusion in the Collection, unless there is clear and convincing evidence that the material qualifies for postponement; and (3) submit to the Archivist for inclusion in the Collection each determination that an assassination record is not assassination material and each recommendation where assassination material qualifies for postponement.

Specifies qualifying postponement criteria for assassination records whose disclosure would: (1) impair national security; (2) reveal confidential sources still alive; (3) constitute an unwarranted and substantial invasion of personal privacy; (4) violate an understanding of confidentiality between a Government agent and a cooperating individual or a foreign government; or (5) threaten the safety of Government officials. Mandates postponement of the transfer of assassination material to the Archivist for inclusion in the Collection, notwithstanding any recommendation of the Review Board, if: (1) in the case of assassination material for which the originating body is either the Senate Select Committee to Study Government Operations With Respect to Intelligence Activities, or the House Select Committee on Assassinations, the appropriate House of Congress certifies that the material qualifies for postponement based on the above mentioned criteria; or (2) where the originating body is an executive agency, the President certifies to the Review Board that the material qualifies for postponement based on such criteria. Sets forth requirements with respect to such presidential certification.

Provides for the marking and future reconsideration of postponed materials for inclusion in the Collection.

Authorizes the Review Board to request: (1) the Department of Justice to petition any court in the United States or a foreign country to make publicly available any information relevant to the Kennedy assassination that is held under the court's seal; and (2) the Attorney General to petition any U.S. court to make publicly available any information relevant to the Kennedy assassination that is held under the injunction of secrecy of a grand jury.

Directs the Review Board to: (1) seek access to the autopsy photographs and x-rays donated to NA by the Kennedy family; and (2) report to the Speaker of the House and the Select Committee on Intelligence of the Senate on their status and on access to them by individuals consistent with the deed of gift.

Requires the Attorney General to assist the Review Board in good faith to unseal any records that it determines to be relevant and held under seal by a court or under the injunction ot secrecy of a grand jury.

Requires the Secretary of State to contact: (1) the Government of the Republic of Russia and seek the public availability of all records of the Government of the former Soviet Union that are relevant to the Kennedy assassination; and (2) any other foreign government that may hold other relevant information and seek the public availability of such information.

Establishes as an independent agency the Assassinations Materials Review Board. Requires the division of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit charged with appointment of independent counsels to appoint five distinguished and impartial private citizens outside of Government who have had no prior involvement with assassination record review. Requires Review Board members to appoint an individual to serve as Executive Director of the Review Board.

Describes the circumstances under which the Review Board shall terminate. Provides that upon its termination, the Review Board's records shall be transferred to the Archivist.

Provides that an executive agency shall upon request promptly provide to a member of the Review Board access to any record requested by the Review Board.

Authorizes appropriations to carry out this Act and authorizes the use of discretionary funds until funds are appropriated.