PUBLIC LAWS-CH. 722-SEPT. 18 , 1940 Judicial proceed- ings. Separability of pro- visions. Time effective. .Provto. Postponement per- mitted. Board of investiga- tion and research. Composition. Compensation of members. F ree transporta- tion, etc. 24 Stat. 79 . 49U.S.C., ch.1; Supp.V, oh.I. tion of any provision of law repealed by this part, shall be continued or otherwise acted upon by the Commission as though such proceed- ing, hearing, or investigation had been instituted under the provisions of this part. "(c) Any pending judicial proceeding arising under any provision of law repealed by the provisions of this part shall be continued, heard, and determined in the same manner and with the same effect as if this part had not been enacted; except that in the case of any such proceeding to which the United States Maritime Commission is a party, the court, upon motion or supplemental petition, may direct that the Commission be substituted for the United States Mari- time Commission as a party to the proceeding or made an additional party thereto. "SEPARABILITY OF PROVISIONS "SEc. 323. If any provision of this part or the application thereof to any person, or commerce, or circumstance is held invalid, the remain- der of the part and the application of such provision to other persons, or commerce, or circumstances shall not be affected thereby." TIMEMtTEUTIV SEC. 202. Part III of the Interstate Commerce Act shall take effect on the date of the enactment of this Act, except that sections 304 (c), 305 to 308, inclusive, 309 (a) and (f), 313 to 318, inclusive, 320, 321, and 322 shall take effect on the 1st day of January 1941: Provided, however, That the Interstate Commerce Commission shall, if found by it necessary or desirable in the public interest, by general or special order postpone the taking effect of any of the provisions above enumerated to such time, but not beyond the 1st day of April 1942, as the Commission shall prescribe. TITLE III-MISCELLANEOUS PART I-INVESTIGATION OF VARIOUS MODES OP TRANSPORTATION SEC. 301. There is hereby established a board of investigation and research (hereinafter referred to as the "Board") to be composed of three members who shall be appointed by the President, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, for the period of the existence of the Board as hereinafter provided. Not more than two members of said Board shall be members of the same political party. The President shall designate the member to act as Chairman of the Board and the Board may elect another of its members as Vice Chairman, who shall act as Chairman in the case of absence or incapacity of the Chairman. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum and the powers conferred upon the Board by this section may be exercised by a majority vote of its members. A vacancy on the Board shall not affect the powers of the remaining members to execute the functions of the Board, and shall be filled in the same manner as the original selection. The members of the Board shall receive compen- sation at the rate of $10,000 per annum, and in addition shall be reimbursed for travel, subsistence, and other necessary expenses incurred by them in the exercise of the functions vested in the Board. Carriers by railroad, motor carriers, and water carriers shall be permitted to provide free transportation and other carrier service to the Board and its employees while traveling on official business, regardless of any provisions in the Interstate Commerce Act, as amended, restricting such carriers from furnishing free transportation or service. [54 STAT.