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Calendar No. 2

117th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 13


To establish an advisory committee to make recommendations on improvements to the security, integrity, and administration of Federal elections.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 6, 2021

Mr. Scott of South Carolina (for himself, Mr. Hoeven, Mr. Cramer, Mr. Cotton, Mr. Lankford, Mrs. Fischer, Ms. Ernst, Mr. Sullivan, Mrs. Capito, Mr. Young, Mr. Cassidy, Mr. Boozman, Mr. Moran, and Mr. Rounds) introduced the following bill; which was read the first time

January 19, 2021

Read the second time and placed on the calendar


A BILL

To establish an advisory committee to make recommendations on improvements to the security, integrity, and administration of Federal elections.

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

SECTION 1. 2020 Bipartisan Advisory Committee.

(a) Establishment.—There is established within the Election Assistance Commission the 2020 Bipartisan Advisory Committee (referred to in this section as the “Advisory Committee”).

(b) Membership.—

(1) COMPOSITION.—The Advisory Committee shall be composed of 18 members of whom—

(A) nine shall be appointed by the leader of the Republican caucus in the Senate (in consultation with the minority leader of the House of Representatives), one of which shall be appointed as a Co-Chairperson of the Advisory Committee; and

(B) nine shall be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives (in consultation with the leader of the Democratic caucus in the Senate), one of which shall be appointed as a Co-Chairperson of the Advisory Committee.

(2) REPRESENTATION.—Individuals appointed to the Advisory Committee under paragraph (1) shall be geographically balanced and shall include representatives of Federal, State, and local governments and of the legal, cybersecurity, and election administration and technology communities.

(3) DATE.—The appointments of the members of the Advisory Committee shall be made not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act.

(c) Period of appointment; vacancies.—

(1) IN GENERAL.—Except as provided in paragraph (2), a member of the Advisory shall be appointed for the duration of the Advisory Committee.

(2) REMOVAL.—A member may be removed from the Advisory Committee at any time at the upon concurrence of both of the Co-Chairpersons of the Advisory Committee.

(3) VACANCIES.—A vacancy in the Advisory Committee—

(A) shall not affect the powers of the Commission; and

(B) shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment.

(d) Duties.—

(1) STUDY.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—The Advisory Committee shall, consistent with applicable law, study the integrity and administration of the general election for Federal office held in November 2020 and make recommendations to State legislatures to improve the security, integrity, and administration of Federal elections.

(B) MATTERS STUDIED.—The matters studied by the Advisory Committee shall include—

(i) the effects of the COVID–19 pandemic on the administration of the general election for Federal office held in November 2020;

(ii) the election practices adopted by Federal, State, and local governments in response to the COVID–19 pandemic, including—

(I) practices that undermined the security and integrity of the election; and

(II) practices that strengthened the security and integrity of the election;

(iii) the laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices regarding mail-in ballots, absentee ballots, and vote-by-mail procedures, including—

(I) measures that undermined the security and integrity of the election; and

(II) measures that strengthened the security and integrity of the election;

(iv) any laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices that would have allowed improper or fraudulent votes to be cast in such election and the scope of any improper and fraudulent votes that were cast in the election;

(v) any laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices, or failure to apply such laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices, that would have allowed improper or fraudulent voter registration and the scope of any improper or fraudulent voter registration; and

(vi) any laws, rules, policies, activities, strategies, and practices that would bolster public confidence in the integrity of future general elections for Federal office and reduce the perceived possibility of fraud, including, but not limited to, voter identification statutes for both in-person and absentee voting, increased voter list maintenance policies pursuant to the National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (52 U.S.C. 20501 et seq.), and use of the Electronic Registration Information Center.

(2) REPORTS.—

(A) INITIAL REPORT.—Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Advisory Committee shall submit to the Election Assistance Commission and the appropriate Congressional committees a report on the matter studied under paragraph (1). Such report shall include—

(i) precinct-by-precinct data highlighting the number and incidence of any improper and fraudulent votes that were cast in the election; and

(ii) precinct-by-precinct data highlighting the number and incidence of any improper and fraudulent voter registrations.

(B) RECOMMENDATIONS.—

(i) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 360 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Advisory Committee shall submit to the Election Assistance Commission and the appropriate Congressional committees recommendations on the following:

(I) The best practices that should be adopted by at each level of local and State Government for administering elections for Federal office—

(aa) during the COVID–19 pandemic; and

(bb) during other national emergencies.

(II) The best practices that should be adopted at each level of local and State Government to mitigate fraud and increase the integrity and security of mail-in ballots, absentee ballots, and vote-by-mail procedures.

(III) The best practices that should be adopted at each level of local and State Government to prevent improper or fraudulent votes from being cast.

(IV) The best practices that should be adopted at each level of local and State Government to prevent improper voters from being registered.

(ii) MINORITY VIEWS.—In the case of any recommendation with respect to which one-third or more of the Committee does not concur, the report shall include a justification for why such members do not concur.

(C) APPROPRIATE CONGRESSIONAL COMMITTEES.—For purposes of this paragraph, the term “appropriate Congressional Committees” means—

(i) the Committee on Rules and Administration of the Senate;

(ii) the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate;

(iii) the Committee on House Administration of the House of Representatives; and

(iv) the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives.

(e) Commission personnel matters.—

(1) PROHIBITION ON COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS.—The members of the Advisory Committee may not receive pay or benefits from the United States Government by reason of their service on the Advisory Committee.

(2) STAFF.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—Each Co-Chairperson of the Advisory Committee may appoint not more than 5 subject matter experts to serve as staff to the Advisory Committee.

(B) COMPENSATION.—The Co-Chairpersons of the Advisory Committee may fix the compensation of the staff of the Advisor Committee without regard to chapter 51 and subchapter III of chapter 53 of title 5, United States Code, relating to classification of positions and General Schedule pay rates, except that the rate of pay for the staff may not exceed the rate payable for level V of the Executive Schedule under section 5316 of that title.

(f) Termination.—The Advisory Committee shall terminate 90 days after the date on which the Advisory Committee submits the report required under subsection (d).

(g) Nonapplicability of FACA.—The Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Advisory Committee.


Calendar No. 2

117th CONGRESS
     1st Session
S. 13

A BILL
To establish an advisory committee to make recommendations on improvements to the security, integrity, and administration of Federal elections.

January 19, 2021
Read the second time and placed on the calendar
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