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Introduced in House (04/24/2018)


115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5595


To amend title 36, United States Code, to update the Federal charter for Future Farmers of America.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 24, 2018

Mr. Thompson of Pennsylvania (for himself, Mr. Langevin, and Mr. Young of Iowa) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend title 36, United States Code, to update the Federal charter for Future Farmers of America.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title; table of contents.

(a) Short title.—This Act may be cited as the “National FFA Organization’s Federal Charter Amendments Act”.

(b) Table of contents.—The table of contents for this Act is as follows:


Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents.

Sec. 2. Purposes of the corporation.

Sec. 3. Membership.

Sec. 4. Governing body.

Sec. 5. National student officers and delegates.

Sec. 6. Powers.

Sec. 7. Restrictions.

Sec. 8. Headquarters and principal office.

Sec. 9. Service of process.

Sec. 10. Distribution of assets in dissolution or final liquidation.

SEC. 2. Purposes of the corporation.

Section 70902 of title 36, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

§ 70902. Purposes

“The purposes of the corporation are—

“(1) to be an integral component of instruction in agricultural, food, and natural resources education in the United States, including in public schools, by—

“(A) working with secondary schools to deliver comprehensive agricultural, food, and natural resources education programs;

“(B) providing hands-on classroom and laboratory instruction, work-based experiential learning, and leadership development;

“(C) preparing students for successful entry into careers related to agriculture, food, and natural resources; and

“(D) connecting students to jobs and educational opportunities related to agriculture, food, and natural resources;

“(2) to provide educational materials, conferences, events, and technical assistance to State and local agricultural, food, and natural resources education agencies;

“(3) to seek and promote inclusion and diversity in its membership, leadership, and staff to reflect the belief of the corporation in the value of all human beings;

“(4) to create, foster, and assist subordinate associations and chapters;

“(5) to build character and thereby develop competent and assertive leadership;

“(6) to increase awareness of the global and technological importance of agriculture, food, and natural resources and its contribution to well-being;

“(7) to promote careers related to agriculture, food, and natural resources;

“(8) to make available to subordinate associations, chapters, and members all official supplies, equipment, programs, and services of the corporation;

“(9) to cooperate with others, including State boards for career and technical education, in accomplishing these purposes; and

“(10) to engage in other activities, consistent with these purposes, determined by the governing body to be for the best interests of the corporation.”.

SEC. 3. Membership.

Section 70903 of title 36, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in subsection (a), by striking “are as provided in the bylaws” and inserting “are as provided in the constitution or bylaws of the corporation”; and

(2) in subsection (b), to read as follows:

“(b) Voting.—The voting rights of members are as provided in the constitution or bylaws of the corporation.”.

SEC. 4. Governing body.

(a) Board of directors.—Section 70904(a) of title 36, United States Code, is amended—

(1) by striking paragraphs (2) and (3);

(2) by redesignating paragraph (4) as paragraph (5); and

(3) by inserting after paragraph (1) the following:

“(2) The board consists of—

“(A) individuals who—

“(i) represent education or agriculture; and

“(ii) are not employed by the corporation; and

“(B) (i) the Secretary of Education; or

“(ii) a designee of the Secretary who has experience with agricultural, food, and natural resources education, career and technical education, or the corporation.

“(3) The chair of the board is as provided in the constitution or bylaws of the corporation.

“(4) The board shall designate among the individuals of the board a national advisor.

“(5) The board shall designate among the individuals of the board described in paragraph (2)(A) an executive secretary and treasurer.

“(6) The number of directors, the term of office for the directors, and the method of selecting the directors (except ex officio directors) are as provided in the constitution or bylaws of the corporation.”.

(b) Governing committee.—Section 70904(b) of title 36, United States Code, is amended to read as follows:

“(b) Governing Committee.—

“(1) MEMBERS.—The board shall designate at least three members of the board of directors as a governing committee. The terms and method of selecting such committee members are as provided in the constitution or bylaws of the corporation, except that the board shall designate to such committee—

“(A) the chair of the board;

“(B) the executive secretary; and

“(C) the treasurer.

“(2) POWERS.—When the board is not in session, the governing committee shall have the powers of the board subject to the board’s discretion and may authorize the seal of the corporation to be affixed to all papers that require it.”.

SEC. 5. National student officers and delegates.

Section 70905 of title 36, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in the heading, by striking, “officers” and inserting “student officers and delegates”;

(2) in subsection (a), by striking “The national officers” and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting “There shall be at least 6 national student officers of the corporation, including a student president, four student vice presidents (each representing regions as provided in the constitution or bylaws of the corporation), and a student secretary.”;

(3) in subsection (c)—

(A) by striking “national officers” and inserting “national student officers”; and

(B) by striking “, except that—” and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting a period at the end; and

(4) in subsection (d), by striking “Each qualified delegate has one vote at the annual national convention” and inserting “The voting rights of delegates are as provided in the constitution or bylaws of the corporation”.

SEC. 6. Powers.

Section 70906 of title 36, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in paragraph (8)—

(A) by striking “corporate funds” and inserting “the funds of the corporation”; and

(B) by striking “students and young farmers” and inserting “subordinate associations and chapters and members”;

(2) in paragraph (9), by striking “publish a magazine and other publications” and inserting “produce publications, including electronic publications”; and

(3) in paragraph (10), by striking “procure for and distribute” and inserting “make available”.

SEC. 7. Restrictions.

Section 70908(d) of title 36, United States Code, is amended by striking the second sentence.

SEC. 8. Availability of personnel, services, and facilities of Department of Education.

The third sentence of section 70909 of title 36, United States Code, is amended by striking “vocational” and inserting “career and technical”.

SEC. 9. Headquarters and principal office.

Section 70910 of title 36, United States Code, is amended—

(1) by striking “ shall be in the District of Columbia. However, the” and inserting “are as provided in the constitution or bylaws of the corporation. The”; and

(2) by striking “are not confined to the District of Columbia but”.

SEC. 10. Service of process.

Section 70912(a) of title 36, United States Code, is amended—

(1) in the heading, be striking “District of Columbia” and inserting “Designated agent”;

(2) by striking “in the District of Columbia”; and

(3) by striking the second sentence.

SEC. 11. Distribution of assets in dissolution or final liquidation.

Section 70914 of title 36, United States Code, is amended by striking “vocational agriculture” and inserting “career and technical education”.


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