Text: H.R.4715 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (10/17/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 4715


To amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require more detailed travel disclosure filings from judicial officers, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 17, 2019

Mr. Cicilline (for himself, Mr. Cline, Ms. Norton, and Ms. Jackson Lee) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary


A BILL

To amend the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 to require more detailed travel disclosure filings from judicial officers, 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 “Judicial Travel Accountability Act”.

SEC. 2. Travel disclosure requirements.

Section 102(a)(2) of the Ethics in Government Act of 1978 (5 U.S.C. App.) is amended—

(1) in subparagraph (A)—

(A) by striking “(A) The identity” and inserting “(A)(i) Except as provided in clause (ii), the identity”; and

(B) by adding at the end the following:

“(ii) In the case of a judicial officer, the identity of the source, a brief description, and the value of all gifts aggregating more than the minimal value as established by section 7342(a)(5) of title 5, United States Code, or $250, whichever is greater, received from any source, other than a relative, during the preceding calendar year, except that any gift with a fair market value of $100 or less, as adjusted at the same time and by the same percentage as the minimal value is adjusted, need not be aggregated for purposes of this subparagraph.”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(D) (i) In the case of a judicial officer required to file an annual financial disclosure statement containing information described in subparagraph (A)(ii) or (B), not later than 15 days after the date on which a trip required to be disclosed in the statement ends, the judicial officer shall file—

“(I) a detailed description of the meetings and events attended by the judicial officer, including the names of the other known attendees of the meeting or event;

“(II) the total transportation expenses, in dollars, for the judicial officer;

“(III) the total transportation expenses, in dollars, for any family member who accompanied the judicial officer;

“(IV) the total lodging expenses, in dollars, for the judicial officer;

“(V) the total lodging expenses, in dollars, for any family member who accompanied the judicial officer;

“(VI) the total meal expenses, in dollars, for the judicial officer; and

“(VII) the total meal expenses, in dollars, for any family member who accompanied the judicial officer.

“(ii) As soon as practicable after any information required to be filed by a judicial officer under clause (i) is filed, the information shall be made available on a public website.”.


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