H.R.724 - A bill to establish a program for the United States to convert to the metric system.93rd Congress (1973-1974)
|Sponsor:||Rep. McClory, Robert [R-IL-13] (Introduced 01/03/1973)|
|Committees:||House - Science and Astronautics|
|Latest Action:||01/03/1973 Referred to House Committee on Science and Astronautics. (All Actions)|
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Summary: H.R.724 — 93rd Congress (1973-1974)All Bill Information (Except Text)
Introduced in House (01/03/1973)
Establishes, under the Secretary of Commerce, the United States Metric Conversion Coordinating Commission consisting of nine members representing business, labor, education, consumer protection, science, and technology.
Authorizes members of the Commission to be compensated at the rate of $100 a day. Charges the Commission with the responsibility of implementing with the voluntary participation of every interested sector in the United States the recommendation issued by the United States metric study including: (1) that the United States change to the metric system; (2) that such change be done through a coordinated program; (3) that there be established detailed plans and time tables be worked out; (4) that priority be given to educational programs in elementary and secondary schools and institutions of higher learning designed to enable Americans to think in metric terms; (5) that appropriate representatives of American enterprise participate in international standards; (6) that changeover costs be borne by each individual or group instituting the system; and (7) that the ultimate time for full conversion shall be January 1, 1984.
Directs each agency of the Federal Government to convert to the international metric system and provides that such system shall be the sole and official system of weights in the United States by January 1, 1984.
Authorizes the Commission to appoint an Executive Director and to employ experts and consultants.
Authorizes the Commission to accept, hold, administer, and utilize gifts, donations, and bequests of property, both real and personal, and personal services, for the purpose of aiding or facilitating the work of the Commission.
Directs the Commission to transmit to the President and to each House of Congress an interim report not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act and each year thereafter until January 1, 1984.
Authorizes to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act.