Accession Number : ADA115631

Title :   Providing a Metric Option. Can Laws and Regulations be Amended in a Timely Manner.

Descriptive Note : Research summary.

Corporate Author : UNITED STATES METRIC BOARD ARLINGTON VA

PDF Url : ADA115631

Report Date : Dec 1979

Pagination or Media Count : 20

Abstract : This report presents the results of the United States Metric Board report to the Congress on the need to provide an effective structural mechanism for converting customer units to metric units in statues, regulations and other laws at all levels of government in response to voluntary conversion programs. Based upon data it has collected, the United States Metric Board concluded that there is no present need for Congress to provide a new structural mechanism. The Board's present reliance on the effectiveness of available change mechanisms is predicted on its findings that: existing laws and regulations at levels of government do not constitute a significant legal barriers to voluntary conversion efforts, not all legal references to customary units will require change, most of the required legal changes can be accommodated through administrative rulemaking, rather than legislative action, voluntary conversion activity currently underway is not yet of sufficient magnitude to strain the effectiveness of available mechanisms. However, the Board cannot report, at this time, if voluntary conversion activity is being unduly inhibited by perceived legal barriers and perceived limitations of available change mechanisms. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Federal law, *Industries, *Commerce, *Metric system, Legislation, Regulations, Conversion, Volunteers, Corporations, United States Government

Subject Categories : Economics and Cost Analysis
      Sociology and Law

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE