Description: TO PASS H.R. 8674, DECLARING A NATIONAL POLICY OF CONVERTING TO THE METRIC SYSTEM IN THE U.S.
Bill summary: (Measure passed Senate, amended, in lieu of
Metric Conversion Act - Establishes the United States Metric Board, composed of 17 members, with a chairman, appointed by the President by and with the advice of the Senate. Requires such members to be representatives of groups and interests including engineers, scientists, manufacturers, retailers, labor, small business, and educators.
Directs the Board to carry out a program of planning, coordination and public education to implement the
increasing use of the metric system in the United States. Requires the Board in carrying out such program to consider conversion costs, to provide procedures whereby groups may recommend methods of coordinating conversion in various industries, to encourage activities of standardization organizations to develop engineering standards on a metric measurement basis, to cooperate with foreign governments, to assist the public in becoming familiar with the use of metric terms and measures, to report annually to the Congress on its activities, and to submit to the Congress and to the President, not later than one year after the date of enactment of the Act authorizing appropriations for this Act, a report on the need to provide an effective structural mechanism for converting customary units to metric units in statutes, regulations, and other laws at all levels of government.
Authorizes necessary appropriations to carry out the provisions of this Act.
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Bill titles: An Act to declare a national policy of coordinating the increasing use of the metric system in the United States, and to establish a United States Metric Board to coordinate the voluntary conversion to the metric system.; A bill to declare a national policy of converting to the metric system in the United States, and to establish a U.S. Metric Board to coordinate the voluntary conversion to the metric system.
Original source documents: Digest of the Congressional Record vol. 121-129, p. H8390;
Links for more info on the vote: congress.gov