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National Traffic
and Motor Vehicle
Safety Act of 1966
As Amended
Legislative History
Volume III

1985

U.S. Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety

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Volume III of this legislative history contains the histories of three amendments to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966: (1) the 1968 Amendment (Public Law 90-283); (2) The 1970 Amendment (Public Law 91-265); and (3) the “National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act Amendments of 1972” (Public Law 92-548).

The legislative documents relating to the enactment of these amendments are contained in this volume, together with sectionby-section analyses for the 1970 Amendment and the Amendments of 1972. A section-by-section analysis of the 1968 Amendment is omitted since that amendment has only one section.

The section-by-section analyses of the 1970 Amendment and the Amendments of 1972 contain relevant excerpts from the legislative documents which have some bearing on the meaning or intent of each section. For each section, the legislative documents are presented in the following order:

1. The Bill as Enacted 2. Conference Committee Report 3. House Passed Act 4. House Debate (from the bound edition of the Congressional

Record)

House Committee Report 6. Senate Passed Act

Senate Debate (from the bound edition of the Congressional
Record)

Senate Committee Report
9. Executive Communications
10. The Bill As Introduced

The legislative events leading to the enactment of the 1968 Amendment may be summarized as follows: 1. On June 27, 1967, Senator Bayh introduced S. 2029, a bill

“To amend the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety
Act of 1966 relating to the application of certain standards
to motor vehicles produced in quantities of less than five
hundred.”
On August 6, 1967, the Senate Commerce Committee held

hearings on S. 2029. 3. On November 1, 1967, the Senate Committee on Commerce

reported S. 2029. Senate Report No. 712 accompanied S. 2029 as reported.

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4. On November 6, 1967, S. 2029 as reported was considered

and passed by the Senate. 5. On January 30, 1968, the Subcommittee on Commerce and

Finance of the House Interstate and Foreign Commerce

Committee held hearings on S. 2029 and H.R. 8457. 6. On March 14, 1968, the House Committee on Interstate and

Foreign Commerce considered S. 2029 as passed by the
Senate and reported the bill with an amendment. House
Report No. 1178 accompanied S. 2029 as reported by the
House Committee.
On March 21, 1968, House Resolution 1106, to provide for
consideration by the House of S. 2029, was agreed to by the
House, and the House considered and passed the bill as
reported by the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign
Commerce with an amendment.
On March 28, 1968, the Senate concurred in the amendment
of the House to S. 2029.
On April 10, 1968, the 1968 Amendment to the National
Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act was approved by the

President (Public Law 90-283).
The legislative events leading to the enactment of the 1970
Amendment may be summarized as follows:
1. On March 17-20, 24, and 26, and May 26, 1969, the Sub-

committee on Commerce and Finance of the Committee on
Interstate and Foreign Commerce held hearings on H.R.
8190 and H.R. 11092, bills which preceded H.R. 10105, the
Nixon Administration bill which authorized funds for the
National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act during fiscal
years 1970 and 1971, and was later enacted
On April 14-15, 1969, the Senate Commerce Committee held
hearings on S. 1245, a Johnson Administration bill to
authorize funds for the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle
Safety Act during fiscal years 1970 and 1971. This bill was
basically the same as H.R. 10105, the Nixon Administra-
tion bill, except for the funding level and its proposed
means of financing.
On April 15, 1969, Representative Staggers introduced
H.R. 10105, an Administration bill “To amend the National
Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 to authorize
appropriations for fiscal years 1970 and 1971, and for other

purposes.” 4. On July 8, 1969, the House Committee on Interstate and

Foreign Commerce reported H.R. 10105 with amendments.

House Report No. 91-350 accompanied H.R. 10105 as re

ported. 5. On September 3, 1969, the House considered and agreed to

House Resolution 517, to provide for consideration of H.R.
10105, and considered and amended H.R. 10105 as re-
ported, and passed it. On September 4, 1969, the House
referred H.R. 10105 to the Senate.
On November 25, 1969, the Senate Committee on Commerce
reported H.R. 10105 with amendments. Senate Report No.

91-599 accompanied H.R. 10105 as reported. 7. On December 2, 1969, the Senate considered and passed

H.R. 10105 as reported by the Senate Committee on Com-
merce.
On December 17, 1969, the House announced its disagree-
ment to the Senate amendments to H.R. 10105 and re-
quested a conference.
On December 23, 1969, the Senate insisted on its amend-

ments and agreed to the conference requested by the House. 10. On April 20, 1970, the conference report to accompany H.R.

10105, Report No. 91-1008, was ordered to be printed.
On April 23, 1970, the Senate agreed to the conference
report and further insisted on its amendments.
On May 5, 1970, the House agreed to the conference report
and receded and concurred in the Senate amendment with

an amendment. 13. On May 11, 1970, the Senate agreed to the House amend

ment. 14. On May 22, 1970, the President approved the 1970 amend

ments to the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act

(Public Law 91-265). The legislative events leading to the enactment of the “National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act Amendments of 1972” may be summarized as follows: 1. On April 11, 1972, Senator Magnuson introduced S. 3474,

an Administration bill “To amend the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 to authorize appropri

ations, and for other purposes." 2. On June 7, 1972, Representative Staggers introduced H.R.

15375, a bill “To amend the National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 to authorize appropriations for

fiscal year 1973." 3. On June 13, 1972, the Senate Committee on Commerce held

hearings on S. 3474, a bill to authorize appropriations for

Traffic and red as follows: Senator Magn

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