U.S. Code, Title 36, Patriotic Societies and Observances

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§ 220527. Complaints Against National Governing Bodies

     (a) General.—(1) An amateur sports organization or person that belongs to or is eligible to belong to a national governing body may seek to compel the national governing body to comply with sections 220522, 220524, and 220525 of this title by filing a written complaint with the corporation. A copy of the complaint shall be served on the national governing body.

     (2) The corporation shall establish procedures for the filing and disposition of complaints under this section.

     (b) Exhaustion of Remedies.—(1) An organization or person may file a complaint under subsection (a) of this section only after exhausting all available remedies within the national governing body for correcting deficiencies, unless it can be shown by clear and convincing evidence that those remedies would have resulted in unnecessary delay.

     (2) Within 30 days after a complaint is filed, the corporation shall decide whether the organization or person has exhausted all available remedies as required by paragraph (1) of this subsection. If the corporation determines that the remedies have not been exhausted, it may direct that the remedies be pursued before the corporation considers the complaint further.

     (c) Hearings.—If the corporation decides that all available remedies have been exhausted as required by subsection (b)(1) of this section, it shall hold a hearing, within 90 days after the complaint is filed, to receive testimony to decide whether the national governing body is complying with sections 220522, 220524, and 220525 of this title.

     (d) Disposition of Complaint.—(1) If the corporation decides, as a result of the hearing, that the national governing body is complying with sections 220522, 220524, and 220525 of this title, it shall so notify the complainant and the national governing body.

     (2) If the corporation decides, as a result of the hearing, that the national governing body is not complying with sections 220522, 220524, and 220525 of this title, it shall—

     (A) place the national governing body on probation for a specified period of time, not to exceed 180 days, which the corporation considers necessary to enable the national governing body to comply with those sections; or

     (B) revoke the recognition of the national governing body.

     (3) If the corporation places a national governing body on probation under paragraph (2) of this subsection, it may extend the probationary period if the national governing body has proven by clear and convincing evidence that, through no fault of its own, it needs additional time to comply with sections 220522, 220524, and 220525 of this title. If, at the end of the period allowed by the corporation, the national governing body has not complied with those sections, the corporation shall revoke the recognition of the national governing body.

(Pub. L. 105–225, Aug. 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1476.)

Historical and Revision Notes

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220527(a)(1)     36:395(a)(1) (1st, last sentences).     Sept. 21, 1950, ch. 975, title II, § 205(a), as added Nov. 8, 1978, Pub. L. 95–606, § 2, 92 Stat. 3055.

220527(a)(2)     36:395(a)(1) (3d sentence).     

220527(b)(1)     36:395(a)(1) (2d sentence).     

220527(b)(2)     36:395(a)(2).     

220527(c)     36:395(a)(3)(A).     

220527(d)     36:395(a)(3)(B)–(D).     

     In subsection (b)(2), the words "or person" are added for clarity and consistency in the section. The words "all available remedies" are substituted for "its remedies" for consistency with subsection (b)(1) of this section. The words "within the applicable national governing body" are omitted as unnecessary.

Section Referred to in Other Sections

     This section is referred to in section 220529 of this title.

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Chicago: "U.S. Congress, Office of the Law Revision Counsel", "§ 220527. Complaints Against National Governing Bodies," U.S. Code, Title 36, Patriotic Societies and Observances in U.S. Code, Title 36, Patriotic Societies and Observances (Washington, D.C.: Government Printing Office, 2002), Original Sources, accessed April 22, 2018, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DAC4TVNW34IK2VZ.

MLA: "U.S. Congress, Office of the Law Revision Counsel". "§ 220527. Complaints Against National Governing Bodies." U.S. Code, Title 36, Patriotic Societies and Observances, in U.S. Code, Title 36, Patriotic Societies and Observances, Washington, D.C., Government Printing Office, 2002, Original Sources. 22 Apr. 2018. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=DAC4TVNW34IK2VZ.

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