Summary: H.R.6409 — 97th Congress (1981-1982)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (08/19/1982)

(Measure passed Senate, amended)

Authorizes the President to provide for U.S. participation in the 1984 Louisiana World Exposition. Authorizes the President to appoint, without Senate confirmation, a Commissioner General of the United States Government of the Exposition.

Authorizes the Secretary of State to assign two career members of the Foreign Service with the rank of ambassador to assist the Commissioner General in: (1) performing functions in foreign countries; and (2) carrying out the United States' diplomatic responsibilities as the host of the Exposition.

Authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to designate a Commissioner General of Section for U.S. participation, as provided for in the Exposition proposal transmitted by the President to Congress.

Authorizes the Secretary to take certain actions to provide for U.S. participation in the Exposition, including incurring necessary expenses, leasing land, and hiring consultants. Provides for the use of volunteers.

Directs the Secretary to take all reasonable measures to: (1) facilitate the participation of other governments and their nationals; (2) assure adherence to the Bureau of International Expositions' protocols; and (3) support the Exposition.

Authorizes the Secretary to accept private contributions to carry out this Act. Authorizes other Federal agencies to cooperate with the Secretary and provide personnel to help carry out this Act.

Requires all Federal property acquired and developed for the Exposition to be disposed of in accordance with Federal laws relating to the disposition of excess and surplus property.

States that the functions authorized by this Act may be performed without regard to specified laws.

Authorizes the Secretary to issue rules to carry out the functions and duties imposed by this Act.

Authorizes appropriations.

Amends provisions regulating Federal involvement in international expositions to require the Secretary of Commerce to include in the plan for Federal participation in such expositions: (1) the documentation of a Federal need for a permanent structure in the area of the exposition, if such need exists; (2) a design for a Federal pavilion which meets the needs of Federal participation in the exposition and the need for a permanent structure; and (3) the Secretary's determination of whether the Federal Government should be deeded a site for such a pavilion as a condition of participation in the exposition. Directs the Secretary to design a temporary Federal pavilion if no design will satisfy the need for a permanent structure and the needs of Federal participation in the exposition.

Authorizes appropriations.