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Introduced in House (06/18/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 3303


To establish the Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and Paralympics.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 18, 2019

Ms. DeGette (for herself, Mrs. Brooks of Indiana, Mr. McAdams, and Mr. Lamborn) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To establish the Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and Paralympics.

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 “Strengthening U.S. Olympics Act”.

SEC. 2. Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and Paralympics.

(a) Establishment.—There is established within the legislative branch a commission, to be known as the “Commission on the State of U.S. Olympics and Paralympics” (referred to in this section as the “Commission”).

(b) Composition.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—The Commission shall be composed of 16 members, of whom—

(A) 4 members shall be appointed by the majority leader of the Senate;

(B) 4 members shall be appointed by the minority leader of the Senate;

(C) 4 members shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives; and

(D) 4 members shall be appointed by the minority leader of the House of Representatives.

(2) CO-CHAIRS.—Of the members of the Commission—

(A) 1 co-chair shall be designated by the majority leader of the Senate; and

(B) 1 co-chair shall be designated by the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

(3) QUALIFICATIONS.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—Each member appointed to the Commission shall have experience in—

(i) amateur or professional athletics;

(ii) athletic coaching;

(iii) professional advocacy on behalf of victims of bullying, harassment, hazing, or sexual assault;

(iv) public service relating to sports; or

(v) professional advocacy for increased minority participation in sports.

(B) OLYMPIC OR PARALYMPIC ATHLETES.—Not fewer than 8 members appointed under paragraph (1) shall be Olympic or Paralympic athletes.

(c) Initial meeting.—Not later than 30 days after the date on which the last member is appointed under paragraph (1), the Commission shall hold an initial meeting.

(d) Quorum.—Eleven members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum.

(e) No proxy voting.—Proxy voting by members of the Commission shall be prohibited.

(f) Staff.—The co-chairs of the Commission shall appoint an executive director of the Commission, and such staff as appropriate, with compensation.

(g) Public hearings.—The Commission shall hold 1 or more public hearings.

(h) Travel expenses.—Members of the Commission shall serve without pay, but shall receive travel expenses in accordance with sections 5702 and 5703 of title 5, United States Code.

(i) Duties of Commission.—

(1) STUDY.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—The Commission shall conduct a study on matters relating to the state of United States participation in the Olympic and Paralympic games.

(B) MATTERS STUDIED.—The study under subparagraph (A) shall include—

(i) a description of proposed reforms to the structure of the United States Olympic Committee;

(ii) an assessment of whether the board of the United States Olympic Committee includes diverse members, including athletes;

(iii) an assessment of United States athlete participation levels in the Olympics and Paralympics;

(iv) a description of the status of any United States Olympic Committee licensing arrangement;

(v) an assessment of whether the United States is achieving the goals for the Olympics and Paralympics set by the United States Olympic Committee;

(vi) an analysis of the participation in amateur athletics of—

(I) women;

(II) disabled individuals; and

(III) minorities;

(vii) a description of ongoing efforts by the United States Olympic Committee to recruit the Olympics and Paralympics to the United States;

(viii) an evaluation of the function of the national governing bodies (as defined in section 220502 of title 36, United States Code) and an analysis of the responsiveness of the national governing bodies to athletes;

(ix) an assessment of whether the United States Center for Safe Sport has the necessary fiscal resources and staffing levels to effectively respond to reports of bullying, hazing, harassment, and sexual assault in sports, and to properly audit and provide oversight of the United States Olympic Committee and National Governing Bodies; and

(x) an assessment of the finances and the financial organization of the United States Olympic Committee.

(2) REPORT.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 270 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Commission shall submit to Congress a report on the results of the study under paragraph (1), including a detailed statement of findings, conclusions, recommendations, and suggested policy changes.

(B) PUBLIC AVAILABILITY.—The report required by subparagraph (A) shall be made available to the public on an internet website of the United States Government that is available to the public.

(j) Powers of Commission.—

(1) SUBPOENA AUTHORITY.—The Commission may subpoena an individual the testimony of whom may be relevant to the purpose of the Commission.

(2) FURNISHING INFORMATION.—On request by the executive director of the Commission, the head of a Federal agency shall furnish information to the Commission.

(k) Termination of Commission.—The Commission shall terminate 90 days after the date on which the Commission submits the report under subsection (i)(2).

(l) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated such sums as may be necessary to carry out this section.