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National Traffic
and Motor Vehicle
Safety Act of 1966

Legislative History
Volume II
1985

U.S. Department of Transportation
National Highway Traffic Safety

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Volume II of this legislative history is a section-by-section analysis of the original National Traffic and Motor Vehicle Safety Act of 1966. It sets forth under each section of the 1966 Act relevant excerpts from the legislative documents which have some bearing on the meaning or intent of the 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
Senate Passed Act
Senate Debate (from the bound edition of the Congressional

Record)
8. Senate Committee Report
9. Executive Communications
10. The Bill as Introduced

Three documents are not included in this analysis. The conference committee bill is identical to the bill as enacted and, therefore, is omitted. The bills reported by the House and Senate committees differ only in minor respects from the respective House and Senatepassed Acts and, therefore, they too are omitted. Volume I of this history - the collected documents associated with the 1966 Actshould be consulted for the text of these documents.

The legislative highlights leading to the enactment of the 1966 Act may be briefly summarized as follows: 1. On March 4, 1965, Senator Magnuson introduced S. 1350,

an Administration bill to amend an Act relating to the establishment of a register of names in the Department of Commerce of certain motor vehicle drivers. This bill became the basis for Title IV of the 1966 Act, “National Driver

Register." 2. On April 1, 1965, Senator Nelson introduced S. 1643 to

provide that tires sold or shipped in interstate commerce for use on motor vehicles shall comply with certain safety and labeling regulations. Hearings on S. 1643 were held by the Senate Commerce Committee on May 25, June 7, and August 13, 1965.

3. On October 19, 1965, Senator Magnuson introduced S.

2669, a bill entitled the “Tire Safety Act of 1966." This bill became the basis for Title II of the 1966 Act, “Tire Safety." On March 24, 1966, the Senate Committee on Commerce reported S. 2669. Senate Report No. 1089 accompanied S.

2669 as reported. 5. On March 29, 1966, the Senate passed S. 2669, with amend

ment, and referred the Senate-passed bill to the House Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce on March

30, 1966. 6. On March 2, 1966, Representative Staggers and Senator

Magnuson respectively introduced H.R. 13228 and S. 3005, identical Administration bills entitled the “Traffic Safety

Act of 1966”. 7. On March 15-17, April 26-28, and May 3-5, 10-13, 1966,

hearings on H.R. 13228 were held before the House Com

mittee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. 8. On March 16, 17, 29, 30, and April 4-6, 1966, hearings on S.

3005 were held before the Senate Committee on Commerce. 9. On June 23, 1966, S. 3005 was reported from the Senate

Committee on Commerce. Senate Report No. 1301 accom

panied S. 3005 as reported. 10. On July 28, 1966, H.R. 13228 was reported from the House

Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce. House

Report No. 1776 accompanied H.R. 13228 as reported. 11. On June 24, 1966, S. 3005 as reported from the Senate

Committee on Commerce was considered and passed by the
Senate. The Senate-passed bill was referred to the House
Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce on June

27, 1966. 12. On August 10, 1966, House Resolution 965, to provide for

consideration by the House of H.R. 13228, was reported by the House Rules Committee. H. Res. 965 was agreed to by

the House on August 17, 1966. 13. On August 17, 1966, H.R. 13228, as reported by the House

Committee on Interstate and Foreign Commerce, was considered, amended, and passed by the House. In accordance with the terms of H. Res. 965, the passage of H.R. 13228 was then vacated and S. 3005, as passed by the Senate, was passed by the House in lieu of H.R. 13228, after being

amended to contain the House-passed language. 14. On August 18, 1966, the Senate disagreed to the House

amendments to S. 3005 and asked for a conference with the House.

15. On August 31, 1966, the Senate and House both agreed to

the report of the committee of conference on S. 3005. House
Report No. 1919 accompanied the conference bill.
On September 9, 1966, the National Traffic and Motor
Vehicle Safety Act of 1966 (Public Law 89-563) was ap-
proved by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

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