This bill would modify certain requirements of the U.S. Semiquincentennial Commission, which was established to plan commemoration activities for the 250th anniversary of the founding of the United States.
Specifically, this bill would:
- Modify the commission’s membership requirements to include the Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Arts, Chairperson of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Chief Justice of the United States (or an Associate Justice or former Associate Justice appointed by them), and no private citizen members;
- Change the deadline for the commission to report to the president with specific recommendations for semiquincentennial celebrations to March 31, 2020;
- Grant the commission the sole power to authorize, license, and derive income from the use of official marks, imprimaturs, products, and logos of the commission and the official semiquincentennial activities sponsored or cosponsored by the commission; and
- Establish penalties for knowingly manufacturing, reproducing, or using any logo, symbol, or mark originated under the commission’s authority in connection with the commemoration of the semiquincentennial.
This bill’s full title is the United States Semiquincentennial Commission Amendments Act of 2020.