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Record Group Number: 000200
Series/Collection Number: .S 1811
Creator: Florida Metric Council.
Title, Dates: Metric conversion planning records, 1976-1985.
Amount: 5.50 cubic ft.
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Organization/Arrangement: Arranged by record type.
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Biographical/Historical:     The "Metric Conversion Act of 1975" affirmed that the United States would implement a voluntary plan for the increased use of the metric system of measurement.  President Gerald Ford appointed a United States Metric Board representing a multiplicity of interests to coordinate and assist the states in the voluntary conversion to the metric system.
    During 1976, a steering committee was formed to study metrication in the state of Florida.  The steering committee examined the implementation of a voluntary metric conversion program along with Florida's "economic, social, legal and educational needs." Their conclusions resulted in the "Florida Metric Plan."
    The "Florida Metric Conversion Act of 1979" accepted the Florida Metric Plan as the "official state policy on metric conversion and established the Florida Metric Council as the legal and official state advisory council on metrication."  The Council's principle objective was to guide the state of Florida in converting to the metric system while conforming to federal law.
    Doyle Conner, Florida's 7th commissioner of the Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services was the chief executive of the Florida Metric Council. As the Council's leading governmental representative, Doyle Conner was responsible for the administration of the Florida Metric Conversion Act.  Ultimately, metric conversion was abandoned.
Summary:     The Florida Metric Council records document the activities of the council in implementing a metric conversion plan for Florida. The records consist of general correspondence; a group photograph of  council members; council member directory; financial documents such as ledgers, budgets, and grants; newsletters; bulletins; metric promotional materials; and newspaper clippings documenting Florida's progress with metrication. Researchers will find of particular interest memoranda, agendas, and minutes from council meetings and conferences along with annual reports, metric conversion projects, speeches, resolutions, and papers presented at national conferences.
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Subject Access Fields: Conner, Doyle, 1928-
United States Metric Board
Metric system History Florida
Metric system Law and legislation Florida
Metric system Government policy United States
Minutes. aat
Reports. aat
Budgets. aat
Newsletters. aat
Clippings. aat
Speeches. aat
Added Entries Florida. Dept. of Agriculture and Consumer Services.