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[121 STAT. 2518]
[121 STAT. 2518]
PUBLIC LAW 110-000—MMMM. DD, 2007

121 STAT. 2518

PUBLIC LAW 110–174—DEC. 31, 2007 Rico, the United States Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (12) STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT.—The term ‘‘State or local government’’ includes— (A) any State and any agency or instrumentality thereof; (B) any local government within a State, and any agency or instrumentality thereof; (C) any other governmental instrumentality; and (D) any public institution of higher education within the meaning of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.).

SEC. 3. AUTHORITY OF STATE AND LOCAL GOVERNMENTS TO DIVEST FROM CERTAIN COMPANIES DIRECTLY INVESTED IN CERTAIN SUDANESE SECTORS.

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(a) SENSE OF CONGRESS.—It is the sense of Congress that the United States Government should support the decision of any State or local government to divest from, or to prohibit the investment of assets of the State or local government in, a person that the State or local government determines poses a financial or reputational risk. (b) AUTHORITY TO DIVEST.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a State or local government may adopt and enforce measures that meet the requirements of subsection (e) to divest the assets of the State or local government from, or prohibit investment of the assets of the State or local government in, persons that the State or local government determines, using credible information available to the public, are conducting or have direct investments in business operations described in subsection (d). (c) NOTICE TO DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE.—Not later than 30 days after adopting a measure pursuant to subsection (b), a State or local government shall submit written notice to the Attorney General describing the measure. (d) BUSINESS OPERATIONS DESCRIBED.— (1) IN GENERAL.—Business operations described in this subsection are business operations in Sudan that include power production activities, mineral extraction activities, oil-related activities, or the production of military equipment. (2) EXCEPTIONS.—Business operations described in this subsection do not include business operations that the person conducting the business operations can demonstrate— (A) are conducted under contract directly and exclusively with the regional government of southern Sudan; (B) are conducted under a license from the Office of Foreign Assets Control, or are expressly exempted under Federal law from the requirement to be conducted under such a license; (C) consist of providing goods or services to marginalized populations of Sudan; (D) consist of providing goods or services to an internationally recognized peacekeeping force or humanitarian organization; (E) consist of providing goods or services that are used only to promote health or education; or (F) have been voluntarily suspended.

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