H.R. 6308: SMART Research and Development Compact

H.R. 6308

SMART Research and Development Compact

Date
November 30, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Sarah Makin

Floor Situation

H.R. 6308 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Tuesday, November 30, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  The legislation was introduced on September 29, 2010, by Rep. Bartlett (R-MD).

Bill Summary

H.R. 6308 would grant the consent of Congress to the interstate SMART Research and Development Compact between the states of Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Background

The U.S. Constitution prohibits states from entering into a compact with one another unless Congress consents.

SMART is a non-profit organization dedicated to “Strengthening the Mid-Atlantic Region for Tomorrow” through greater integration and collaboration of science and technology initiatives in the four state region of Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.  The purpose of the Compact is to more effectively enhance the mid-Atlantic region's contribution to the United States in all fields of science and technology and to promote academic, private and public research and development, technical enterprise, and intellectual vitality.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) has not produced a cost estimate for this bill as of press time.