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8 House Members View Draft Bill on Independent Science/Tech Probe of WTC 1, 2, 7 Collapses

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(6) terminate the employment of any such staff as the Committee considers appropriate.

         (c) The Committee and all authority granted in this Act shall expire 30 days after the filing of its Report with the House of Representatives.

 

SEC. 7. COMMITTEE REPORT.

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(a) In General——The Committee shall report to the House as soon as practicable during the present Congress, but not later than six months after the date of passage of this Act, the results of its investigation and study, together with such recommendations as it deems advisable. The Committee shall report to the House Committee on Science and Technology as soon as practicable during the present Congress, but not later than six months after the date of passage of this Act, of any additional substantial or credible information which

such Committee receives in carrying out its responsibilities to recommend solutions to subsequent construction failures for steel-framed high-rise buildings in the United States.

 (b) Considerations——In developing any and all recommendations under subsection (1) the Committee shall consider——

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(1) the role of the Federal Government in preventing similar construction failures by means of revising building codes with substantial penalties for non-compliance by architects, structural engineers,  building contractors and subcontractors.

(2) ways in which to strengthen accountability of all actors, including building owners and leasees.

(c) Establish culpability of any parties in these events making them subject to a full-range prosecution with applicable punishment.

(d) Any additional information provided to the Committee when the House is not in session shall be filed with the Clerk of the House.

(e) Any additional information shall be referred to the House Committee on Science and Technology over the subject matter thereof.

(f) The records, files, and materials of the Committee shall be transferred to the Clerk of the House.

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SEC. 8. TERMINATION.

The Committee shall terminate upon the expiration of the 90-day period beginning upon the date on which the Committee submits its report to the Congress under Section 7(a).

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Dr. Ellis is the principal of Ellis & Associates, LLC, a writers group in Portland OR, a nominee for a Pulitzer Prize in history in 2004 (The Moving Appeal), and a former journalism professor at Louisiana's McNeese State University and Oregon State (more...)
 

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