An Act To amend sections 5580, 5581, and 5582 of the Revised Statutes to provide for additional members of the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution and to increase the number of members constituting a quorum

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  • Sections 5580-82 of the Revised Statutes (20 U.S.C. 42) are amended to read as follows: "Sec. 5580. The business of the Institution shall be conducted at the city of Washington by a Board of Regents, named the Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, to be composed of the Vice President, the Chief Justice of the United States, three Members of the Senate, three Members of the House of Representatives, and nine other persons, other than Members of Congress, two of whom shall be inhabitants of some State, but no two of them of the same State." The regents to be selected shall be appointed as follows: The Members of the Senate by the President thereof; the Members of the House by the Speaker thereof; and the nine other persons by joint resolution of the Congress.
  • Section 5581 is amended to read as follows: "The regular term of service for the other nine members shall be six years; and new elections thereof shall be made by joint resolutions of Congress." Section 5582 is amended to read: "The board shall also elect three of their own body as an executive committee, and shall fix the time for the regular meetings of the board; and, on application of any three of the regents to the secretary of the institution, it shall be his duty to appoint a special meeting of the Board of Regents, of which he shall give notice, by letter, to each of the members; and, at any meeting of the board, eight shall constitute a quorum to do business.


  • Board of Regents
  • United States Congress


Smithsonian Legal Documents

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  • 84 Stat. 1439
  • Title 20, Education
  • Public Law

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Statutes at Large

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84 Stat. 1439 (1970); Pub. L. No. 91-551 (Book)

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Institutional History Division, Smithsonian Institution Archives, 600 Maryland Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20024-2520,


  • 1971
  • 12/15/1970


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Public Law

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Number of pages: 2; Page Numbers: 1439-40

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