H.Res.314 - To amend the Rules of the House of Representatives to discourage frivolous ethics complaints.104th Congress (1995-1996)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Burton, Dan [R-IN-6] (Introduced 12/19/1995)|
|Committees:||House - Rules|
|Latest Action:||House - 01/03/1996 Referred to the Subcommittee on the Legislative and Budget Process. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.Res.314 — 104th Congress (1995-1996)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (12/19/1995)
Amends rule X of the Rules of the House of Representatives to allow the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, at any time and by an affirmative vote of eight of its 14 members, to determine that a complaint filed against a Member is frivolous and baseless if: (1) the alleged violation is of a minor and technical nature that does not discredit the House; or (2) such complaint has no basis in fact, was filed for purely partisan reasons, or is part of a pattern of abuse and misuse of the Committee.
Requires the Committee to: (1) determine the costs of its inquiry into a frivolous complaint; and (2) if the complaint was filed by one or more Members of Congress, charge each Member's Representational Account for such costs or, alternatively, recommend that the Members responsible be fined.