Text: S.305 — 105th Congress (1997-1998)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 105-14 (05/14/1997)
[105th Congress Public Law 14]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
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Public Law 105-14
To authorize the President to award a gold medal on behalf of the
Congress to Francis Albert ``Frank'' Sinatra in recognition of his
outstanding and enduring contributions through his entertainment career
and humanitarian activities, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: May 14,
1997 - [S. 305]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled,
SECTION 1. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> FINDINGS.
The Congress finds that--
(1) Francis Albert ``Frank'' Sinatra has touched the lives
of millions around the world and across generations through his
outstanding career in entertainment, which has spanned more than
(2) Frank Sinatra has significantly contributed to the
entertainment industry through his endeavors as a producer,
director, actor, and gifted vocalist;
(3) the humanitarian contributions of Frank Sinatra have
been recognized in the forms of a Lifetime Achievement Award
from the NAACP, the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award from the
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the Presidential
Medal of Freedom Award, and the George Foster Peabody Award; and
(4) the entertainment accomplishments of Frank Sinatra,
including the release of more than 50 albums and appearances in
more than 60 films, have been recognized in the forms of the
Screen Actors Guild Award, the Kennedy Center Honors, 8 Grammy
Awards from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Science,
2 Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and
Sciences, and an Emmy Award.
SEC. 2. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL.
(a) Presentation Authorized.--The President is authorized to
present, on behalf of the Congress, a gold medal of appropriate design
to Francis Albert ``Frank'' Sinatra in recognition of his outstanding
and enduring contributions through his entertainment career and numerous
(b) Design and Striking.--For the purpose of the presentation
referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury (hereafter
in this Act referred to as the ``Secretary'') shall strike a gold medal
with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions, to be determined by
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SEC. 3. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> DUPLICATE MEDALS.
The Secretary may strike and sell duplicates in bronze of the gold
medal struck pursuant to section 2 under such regulations as the
Secretary may prescribe, and at a price sufficient to cover the costs
thereof, including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead
expenses, and the cost of the gold medal.
SEC. 4. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> NATIONAL MEDALS.
The medals struck pursuant to this Act are national medals for
purposes of chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.
SEC. 5. <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111 note.>> AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS;
PROCEEDS OF SALE.
(a) Authorization of Appropriations.--There is hereby authorized to
be charged against the Numismatic Public Enterprise Fund an amount not
to exceed $30,000 to pay for the cost of the medal authorized by this
(b) Proceeds of Sale.--Amounts received from the sales of duplicate
bronze medals under section 3 shall be deposited in the Numismatic
Public Enterprise Fund.
Approved May 14, 1997.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--S. 305 (H.R. 279):
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 143 (1997):
Feb. 26, considered and passed Senate.
Apr. 29, H.R. 279 and S. 305 considered and passed House.