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ERIC Number: ED070819
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Dec-15
Pages: 15
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Metrication in the States.
Council of State Governments, Lexington, KY.
Prompted by the widespread use of the metric system by most major industrial countries of the world, the United States Congress in 1969 initiated the passage of a bill authorizing the research and investigation of metrication to determine the worldwide impact of its use on this country so as to decide which route it should take. Data were obtained from personal interviews with public officials in Kentucky and California, chosen for their representativeness of location, size, and council staff proximity. An analysis of the findings revealed that: (1) the pressure within States to change due to worldwide metrication is limited; (2) there exists no extensive use of the system at present except in laboratories, pharmaceuticals, testing, and some journal reports; (3) contact with foreign countries and their metrically engineered products is small; and (4) more study and planning of the system is needed. States generally do not favor conversion; therefore, any initiation of change to the system will probably come only from pressure exerted from the Federal level. Highway, transportation, and other similar agencies who perform engineering functions will perhaps have the hardest adjustments to make. (SN)
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Authoring Institution: Council of State Governments, Lexington, KY.