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PUBLIC LAW 95-000—MMMM. DD, 1977

PUBLIC LAW 95-222—DEC. 28, 1977

91 STAT. 1623


SEC. 12. Section 1007(f) of the Legal Services Corporation Act (42 U.S.C. 2996f (f)) is amended by striking all that follows "Governor" and inserting in lieu thereof a comma and: "the State bar association of any State, and the principal local bar associations (if there be any) of any community, where legal assistance will thereby be initiated, of such grant, contract, or project. Notification shall include a reasonable description of the grant application or proposed contract or project and request comments and recommendations.". ELIGIBLE C L I E N T S ' SPECIAL NEEDS ASSESSMENT STUDY

SEC. 13. Section 1007 of the Legal Services Corporation Act (42 U.S.C. 2996f) is amended by adding at the end thereof the following new subsection: "(h) The Corporation shall conduct a study on whether eligible clients who are— "(1) veterans, " (2) native Americans, " (3) migrants or seasonal farm workers, " (4) persons with limited English-speaking abilities, and " (5) persons in sparsely populated areas where a harsh climate and an inadequate transportation system are significant impediments to receipt of legal services have special difficulties of access to legal services or special legal problems which are not being met. The Corporation shall report to Report to Congress not later than January 1, 1979, on the extent and nature of Congress, any such problems and difficulties and shall include in the report and implement appropriate recommendations.". AUDITS AND RECORDKEEPING

SEC. 14. Paragraph (2) of section 1009(b) of the Legal Services Corporation Act (42 U.S.C. 2996h(b)(2)) is amended by striking out the period at the end of the last sentence and inserting in lieu thereof "throughout the period beginning on the date such possession or custody commences and ending three years after such date, but the General Accounting Office may require the retention of such books, accounts, financial records, reports, files, papers, or property for a longer period under section 117(b) of the Accounting and Auditing Act of 1950 (31 U.S.C. 67 (b)).". FINANCING

SEC. 15. (a) Section 1010(a) of the Legal Services Corporation Act Appropriation (42 U.S.C. 29961 (a)) is amended by inserting after the first sentence authorization, the following new sentence: "There are authorized to be appropriated for the purpose of carrying out the activities of the Corporation $205,000,000 for the fiscal year 1978, and such sums as may be necessary for each of the two succeeding fiscal years.". (b) The last sentence of section 1010(a) of the Legal Services Corporation Act (42 U.S.C. 2996i(a)) is amended to read as follows: "Appropriations for that purpose shall be made for not more than two fiscal years, and shall be paid to the Corporation in annual installments at the beginning of each fiscal year in such amounts as may be specified in Acts of Congress making appropriations.".