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[121 STAT. 2215]
[121 STAT. 2215]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

PUBLIC LAW 110–161—DEC. 26, 2007

121 STAT. 2215

(5) individuals who have conducted academic research related to addressing the needs of children in all hazards, including major disasters and emergencies. (f) INITIAL MEETING.—The Commission shall meet and begin the operations of the Commission not later than 120 days after the appointment of members of the Commission. (g) QUORUM AND VACANCY.— (1) QUORUM.—A majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum, but a lesser number of members may hold hearings. (2) VACANCY.—Any vacancy in the Commission shall not affect its powers and shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made.

Deadline.

SEC. 606. DUTIES OF COMMISSION.

The Commission shall— (1) conduct pursuant to section 604(2) a comprehensive study that examines and assesses the needs of children as they relate to preparation for, response to, and recovery from all hazards, including major disasters and emergencies, including specific findings relating to— (A) child physical health, mental health, and trauma; (B) child care in all settings; (C) child welfare; (D) elementary and secondary education; (E) sheltering, temporary housing, and affordable housing; (F) transportation; (G) juvenile justice; (H) evacuation; and (I) relevant activities in emergency management; (2) identify, review, and evaluate existing laws, regulations, policies, and programs relevant to the needs of children as they relate to preparation for, response to, and recovery from all hazards, including major disasters and emergencies; (3) identify, review, and evaluate the lessons learned from past disasters and emergencies relative to addressing the needs of children; and (4) submit a report to the President and Congress on the Commission’s specific findings, conclusions, and recommendations to address the needs of children as they relate to preparation for, response to, and recovery from all hazards, including major disasters and emergencies, including specific recommendations on the need for planning and establishing a national resource center on children and disasters, coordination of resources and services, administrative actions, policies, regulations, and legislative changes as the Commission considers appropriate.

Reports.

SEC. 607. POWERS OF COMMISSION.

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(a) HEARINGS.—The Commission may hold such hearings, meet and act at such times and places, and receive such evidence as may be necessary to carry out the functions of the Commission. (b) INFORMATION FROM FEDERAL AGENCIES.— (1) IN GENERAL.—The Commission may access, to the extent authorized by law, from any executive department, bureau, agency, board, commission, office, independent establishment, or instrumentality of the Federal Government such information,

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