CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Tuesday, September 10, 2013, the House will consider H.R. 1891, the Science Laureates of the United States Act of 2013, under a suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on May 8, 2013 by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA) and referred to the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.
H.R. 1891 establishes up to three positions of Science Laureate of the United States. This appointment is to be made on the basis of an individual’s ability to, “foster and enhance public awareness and interest in science and provide ongoing significant scientific contributions.” The appointment will be based on recommendations received by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). The bill requires each Science Laureate to serve a term of one or two years, as determined by the President. It is important to note that, under exceptional circumstances, the President may appoint more than one, but no more than three Science Laureates to serve simultaneously in the position of Science Laureate.
The position of Science Laureate is modeled after the position of Poet Laureate. The role of the Science Laureate is to increase awareness and to engage the public about science. The Science Laureate would be encouraged to continue their current work, and their efforts would be facilitated by the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). Like the Poet Laureate, the Science Laureate would not be a federal employee paid through federal funds.
Though no formal estimate is currently available, informal CBO estimates indicate that the legislation would not impact direct spending or revenues.
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