101 STAT. 1330-316 Establishment.
PUBLIC LAW 100-203—DEC. 22, 1987
SEC. 9136. NATIONAL COMMISSION ON CHILDREN.
Part A of title XI of the Social Security Act is amended by adding at the end the following new section: ^ NATIONAL COMMISSION ON CHILDREN
42 USC 1320b-9.
"SEC. 1139. (a)(1) There is hereby established a commission to be known as the National Commission on Children (in this section referred to as the'Commission'). .ty, "(b)(1) The Commission shall consist of— President of U.S. "(A) 12 members to be appointed by the President, "(B) 12 members to be appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, and "(C) 12 members to be appointed by the President pro tempore of the Senate. President of U.S. "(2) The President, the Speaker, and the President pro tempore shall each appoint as members of the Commission— "(A) 4 individuals who— " j, "(i) are representatives of organizations providing services to children, "(ii) are involved in activities on behalf of children, or "(iii) have engaged in academic research with respect to the problems and needs of children, "(B) 4 individuals who are elected or appointed public officials (at the Federal, State, or local level) involved in issues and programs relating to children, and "(C) 4 individuals who are parents or representatives of parents or parents' organizations. "(3) The appointments made pursuant to subparagraphs (B) and (C) of paragraph (1) shall be made in consultation with the chairmen of committees of the House of Representatives and the Senate, respectively, having jurisdiction over relevant Federal programs. Reports. "(c)(1) It shall be the duty and function of the Commission to serve as a forum on behalf of the children of the Nation and to conduct the studies and issue the report required by subsection (d). ^ '^ ' "(2) The Commission (and any committees that it may form) shall conduct public hearings in different geographic areas of the country, both urban and rural, in order to receive the views of a broad spectrum of the public on the status of the Nation's children and on ways to safeguard and enhance the physical, mental, and emotional well-being of all of the children of the Nation, including those with physical or mental disabilities, and others whose circumstances deny them a full share of the opportunities that parents of the Nation may rightfully expect for their children. "(3) The Commission shall receive testimony from individuals, and from representatives of public and private organizations and institutions with an interest in the welfare of children, including educators, health care professionals, religious leaders, providers of social services, representatives of organizations with children as members, elected and appointed public officials, and from parents and children speaking in their own behalf. Reports. "(d) The Commission shall submit to the President, and to the Committees on Finance and Labor and Human Resources of the yon i J Senate and the Committees on Ways and Means, Education and Labor, and Energy and Commerce of the House of Representatives, an interim report no later than September 30, 1988, and a final