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Amendments -- (House of Representatives - April 20, 2004)

Under clause 8 of rule XVIII, proposed amendments were submitted as follows:

H.R. 2844

Offered By: Mr. Larson of Connecticut

AMENDMENT NO. 1: In section 26(b)(2) of the Revised Statutes of the United States, as proposed to be added by the bill, strike "45 days" and insert "75 days".

H.R. 2844

Offered By: Mr. Larson of Connecticut

AMENDMENT NO. 2: In section 26(b) of the Revised Statutes of the United States, as proposed to be added by the bill, add at the end the following new paragraph:

"(5) Extension of deadline to permit states to hold primaries.-If State law provides that the candidates for a special general election held under this subsection are to be selected in a primary election, the State may extend the deadlines referred to in paragraphs (2) and (3) to take into account the period provided under State law for holding such a primary election, including any runoff election resulting from such a primary election.".

H.R. 2844

Offered By: Mr. Larson of Connecticut

AMENDMENT NO. 3: Amend paragraph (3) of section 26(b) of the Revised Statutes of the United States, as proposed to be added by the bill, to read as follows:

"(3) Eligibility of candidates.-

"(A) In general.-A candidate shall be eligible to run in a special election held in a State under this subsection if the candidate meets such requirements as may apply under State law.

"(B) Extension of deadline for election.-A State may extend the deadline provided under paragraph (2) for a special election to the extent the State considers necessary to prepare balloting materials and distribute absentee ballots which include the names of all eligible candidates, and to otherwise ensure that all eligible candidates are given sufficient time to prepare for and participate in the election.".

H.R. 2844

Offered By: Mr. Larson of Connecticut

AMENDMENT NO. 4: In section 26(b) of the Revised Statutes of the United States, as proposed to be added by the bill, add at the end the following new paragraph:

"(5) Rule of construction regarding federal election laws.-Nothing in this subsection may be construed to affect the application to special elections under this subsection of any of the following laws:

"(A) The Voting Rights Act of 1965 (42 U.S.C. 1973 et seq.).

"(B) The Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act (42 U.S.C. 1973ee et seq.).

"© The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (42 U.S.C. 1973ff et seq.).

"(D) The National Voter Registration Act of 1993 (42 U.S.C. 1973gg et seq.).

"(E) The Americans With Disabilities Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 12101 et seq.).

"(F) The Rehabilitation Act of 1973 (29 U.S.C. 701 et seq.).

"(G) The Help America Vote Act of 2002 (42 U.S.C. 15301 et seq.).".

H.R. 2844

Offered By: Mr. Larson of Connecticut

AMENDMENT NO. 5: Add at the end the following new section:

SEC. 3. DESIGNATION OF MEMBERS AGREEING TO BE ABSENT FROM JOINT SESSIONS AND JOINT MEETINGS.

(a) Designation.-For each of the events referred to in subsection (b), the Speaker and

the minority leader of the House of Representatives shall each designate 25 Members who will agree not to be present at the event.

(b) Events Described.-The events referred to in this subsection are as follows:

(1) Any joint session of the 2 Houses of Congress held for purposes of receiving a communication from the President, counting the votes of electors for the President and Vice President, or any other purpose.

(2) Any joint meeting of the 2 Houses of Congress held for purposes of receiving addresses from foreign dignitaries or any other purpose.

(3) The inauguration of the President and Vice President.

(4) Any other event for which the Speaker and minority leader determine that the designation of Members pursuant to this section will promote the continuity of the operations of the House in case extraordinary circumstances occur.

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