United States Code, 2019 Edition
Title 46 - SHIPPING
Subtitle I - General
CHAPTER 3 - FEDERAL MARITIME COMMISSION
Sec. 303 - Meetings
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(a) In General.—The Federal Maritime Commission shall be deemed to be an agency for purposes of section 552b of title 5.
(b) Record.—The Commission, through its secretary, shall keep a record of its meetings and the votes taken on any action, order, contract, or financial transaction of the Commission.
(c) Nonpublic Collaborative Discussions.—
(1) In general.—Notwithstanding section 552b of title 5, a majority of the Commissioners may hold a meeting that is not open to public observation to discuss official agency business if—
(A) no formal or informal vote or other official agency action is taken at the meeting;
(B) each individual present at the meeting is a Commissioner or an employee of the Commission;
(C) at least 1 Commissioner from each political party is present at the meeting, if applicable; and
(D) the General Counsel of the Commission is present at the meeting.
(2) Disclosure of nonpublic collaborative discussions.—Except as provided under paragraph (3), not later than 2 business days after the conclusion of a meeting under paragraph (1), the Commission shall make available to the public, in a place easily accessible to the public—
(A) a list of the individuals present at the meeting; and
(B) a summary of the matters discussed at the meeting, except for any matters the Commission properly determines may be withheld from the public under section 552b(c) of title 5.
(3) Exception.—If the Commission properly determines matters may be withheld from the public under section 555b(c) 1 of title 5, the Commission shall provide a summary with as much general information as possible on those matters withheld from the public.
(4) Ongoing proceedings.—If a meeting under paragraph (1) directly relates to an ongoing proceeding before the Commission, the Commission shall make the disclosure under paragraph (2) on the date of the final Commission decision.
(5) Preservation of open meetings requirements for agency action.—Nothing in this subsection may be construed to limit the applicability of section 552b of title 5 with respect to a meeting of the Commissioners other than that described in this subsection.
(6) Statutory construction.—Nothing in this subsection may be construed—
(A) to limit the applicability of section 552b of title 5 with respect to any information which is proposed to be withheld from the public under paragraph (2)(B) of this subsection; or
(B) to authorize the Commission to withhold from any individual any record that is accessible to that individual under section 552a of title 5.
(Pub. L. 109–304, §4, Oct. 6, 2006, 120 Stat. 1489; Pub. L. 115–282, title VII, §711(a), Dec. 4, 2018, 132 Stat. 4297.)
Historical and Revision Notes
|Source (U.S. Code)||Source (Statutes at Large)|
||46 App.:1111(c) (related to records).
||June 29, 1936, ch. 858, title II, §201(c) (related to records), 49 Stat. 1986.
The words "true" and "yea-and-nay" are omitted as unnecessary.
2018—Pub. L. 115–282 amended section generally. Prior to amendment, text read as follows: "The Federal Maritime Commission, through its secretary, shall keep a record of its meetings and the votes taken on any action, order, contract, or financial transaction of the Commission."