Text: H.R.1243 — 111th Congress (2009-2010)All Information (Except Text)
Public Law No: 111-65 (09/30/2009)
[111th Congress Public Law 65]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]
[[Page 123 STAT. 2003]]
Public Law 111-65
To provide for the award of a gold medal on behalf of Congress to Arnold
Palmer in recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting
excellence and good sportsmanship in golf. <<NOTE: Sept. 30,
2009 - [H.R. 1243]>>
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
United States of America in Congress assembled, <<NOTE: 31 USC 5111
SECTION 1. FINDINGS.
Congress finds the following:
(1) Arnold Palmer is a world famous golf professional, a
highly successful business executive, a prominent advertising
spokesman, a devoted husband, father, and grandfather, and a man
with a common touch that has made him one of the most popular
and accessible public figures in history.
(2) Arnold Palmer amassed 92 championships in professional
competition of national or international stature by the end of
1993, 62 of which came on the Professional Golf Association
(3) Arnold Palmer's magnetic personality and unfailing sense
of kindness and thoughtfulness have endeared him to millions
throughout the world.
(4) Arnold Palmer has been the recipient of countless honors
including virtually every national award in golf and both the
Hickok Athlete of the Year and Sports Illustrated's Sportsman of
the Year awards, and he was chosen Athlete of the Decade for the
1960s in a national Associated Press poll.
(5) Arnold Palmer has received numerous honors outside the
world of sports, including the Patriot Award of the
Congressional Medal of Honor Society, the Golden Plate award of
the American Academy of Achievement, and the United States Navy
Memorial Lone Sailor Award.
(6) Arnold Palmer was honored by the United States Golf
Association with the opening of the Arnold Palmer Center for
Golf History on June 3rd 2008.
(7) Arnold Palmer served his country for 3 years in the
United States Coast Guard and was among those chosen to address
the Joint Session of Congress on the occasion of the 100th
anniversary of the birth of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.
(8) Arnold Palmer served as Honorary National Chairman of
the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation for 20 years and
played a major role in the fund-raising drive that led to the
creation of the Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children
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in Orlando and the Latrobe Area Hospital Charitable Foundation
in his Western Pennsylvania hometown.
(9) Arnold Palmer remains active in tournament golf,
although he retired from competition in the major championships
on April 14, 2002, when he played the last of his 48 Masters
Tournaments, where he was given an emotional standing ovation as
he finished the 18th hole.
SEC. 2. CONGRESSIONAL GOLD MEDAL.
(a) Presentation Authorized.--The Speaker of the House of
Representatives and the President Pro Tempore of the Senate shall make
appropriate arrangements for the presentation, on behalf of the
Congress, of a gold medal of appropriate design to Arnold Palmer in
recognition of his service to the Nation in promoting excellence and
(b) Design and Striking.--For the purpose of the presentation
referred to in subsection (a), the Secretary of the Treasury shall
strike a gold medal with suitable emblems, devices, and inscriptions to
be determined by the Secretary.
SEC. 3. DUPLICATE MEDALS.
Under such regulations as the Secretary of the Treasury may
prescribe, the Secretary may strike duplicate medals in bronze of the
gold medal struck pursuant to section 2 and sell such duplicate medals
at a price sufficient to cover the costs of the duplicate medals
(including labor, materials, dies, use of machinery, overhead expenses)
and the cost of the gold medal.
SEC. 4. NATIONAL MEDALS.
The medals struck under this Act are national medals for purposes of
chapter 51 of title 31, United States Code.
SEC. 5. FUNDING.
(a) Authorization of Charges.--There is authorized to be charged
against the United States Mint Public Enterprise Fund an amount not to
exceed $30,000 to pay for the cost of the medals authorized by this Act.
(b) Proceeds of Sale.--Amounts received from the sale of duplicate
bronze medals under section 3 shall be deposited in the United States
Mint Public Enterprise Fund.
Approved September 30, 2009.
LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 1243:
CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 155 (2009):
Apr. 28, considered and passed House.
Sept. 9, considered and passed Senate.