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Chapter 1089 - 2d Session

H. R. 9712

AN ACT

Granting the consent of Congress to certain New England States to enter into

a compact relating to higher education in the New England States and establishing the New England Board of Higber Education.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the consent of New England Congress is hereby given to any two or more of the States of Con- Board of Higher necticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Eduo ation Vermont to enter into the following compact and agreement relative Compaot. to higher education and creating the New England Board of Higher Education.

Congress. The compact reads as follows:

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ARTICLE I.

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The purposes of the New England Higher Education Compact shall be to provide greater educational opportunities and services through the establishment and maintenance of a co-ordinated educational program for the persons residing in the several states of New England parties to this compact, with the aim of furthering higher education in the fields of medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, public health and in professional, technical, scientific, literary and other fields. 68 Stat. 982.

68 Stat. 983. ARTICLE II. There is hereby created and established a New England board of higher education hereinafter known as the board, which shall be an agency of each state party to the compact. The board shall be a body corporate and politic, having the powers, duties and jurisdiction herein enumerated and such other and additional powers as shall be conferred upon it by the concurrent act or acts of the compacting states. The board shall consist of three resident members from each compacting state, chosen in the manner and for the terms provided by law of the several states parties to this compact.

ARTICLE III.

This compact shall become operative immediately as to those states cxecuting it whenever any two or more of the states of Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut have executed it in the form which is in accordance with the laws of the respective compacting states.

ARTICLE IV. The board shall annually elect from its members a chairman and vice-chairman and shall appoint and at its pleasure remove or discharge said officers. It may appoint and employ an executive secretary and may employ such stenographic, clerical, technical or legal personnel as shall be necessary, and at its pleasure remove or discharge such personnel. It shall adopt a seal and suitable by-laws and shall promulgate any and all rules and regulations which may be necessary for the conduct of its business. It may maintain an office or offices within the territory of the compacting states and may meet at any time or place. Meetings shall be held at least twice each year. A majority of the members shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business, but no action of the board imposing any obligation on any compacting state shall be binding unless a majority of the members from such compacting state shall have voted in favor thereof.

Where meetings are planned to discuss matters relevant to problems of education affecting only certain of the compacting states, the board may vote to authorize special meetings of the board members of such states. The board shall keep accurate accounts of all receipts and disbursements and shall make an annual report to the governor and the legislature of each compacting state, setting forth in detail the operations and transactions conducted by it pursuant to this compact, and shall make recommendations for any legislative action deemed by it advisable, including amendments to the statutes of the compacting states which may be necessary to carry out the intent and purpose of this compact. The board shall not pledge the credit of any compacting state without the consent of the legisJature thereof given pursuant to the constitutional processes of said state. The board may meet any of its obligations in whole or in part with funds available to it under Article VII of this compact; provided, that the board take specific action setting aside such funds prior to the incurring of any obligation to be met in whole or in part in this manner. Except where the board makes use of funds available to it under Article VII hereof, the board shall not incur any obligations for salaries, office, administrative, traveling or other expenses prior to the allotment of funds by the compacting states ade

quate to meet the same. Each compacting state reserves the right to 68 Stat. 983. provide hereafter by law for the examination and audit of the accounts 68 Stat. 984.

of the board. The board shall appoint a treasurer who may be a member of the board, and disbursements by the board shall be valid only when authorized by the board and when vouchers therefor have been signed by the executive secretary and countersigned by the treasurer. The executive secretary shall be custodian of the records of the board with authority to attest to and certify such records or copies thereof.

ARTICLE V.

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The board shall have the power to: (1) collect, correlate; and evaluate data in the fields of its interest under this compact; to publish reports, bulletins and other documents making available the results of its research; and, in its discretion, to charge fees for said reports, bulletins and documents; (2) enter into such contractual agreements or arrangements with any of the compacting states or agencies thereof and with educational institutions and agencies as may required in the judgment of the board to provide adequate services and facilities in educational fields covered by this compact; provided, that it shall be the policy of the board in the negotiation of its agreements to serve increased numbers of students from the compacting states through arrangements with then existing institutions, whenever in the judgment of the board adequate service can be so secured in the New England region. Each of the compacting states shall contribute funds to carry out the contracts of the board on the basis of the number of students from such state for whom the board may contract. Contributions shall be at the rate determined by the board in each educational field. Except in those instances where the board by specific action allocates funds available to it under Article VII hereof, the board's authority to enter into such contracts shall be only upon appropriation of funds by the compacting states. Any contract entered into shall be in accordance with rules and regulations promulgated by the board and in accordance with the laws of the compacting states.

ARTICLE VI. Each state agrees that, when authorized by the legislature pursuant to the constitutional processes, it will from time to time make available to the board such funds as may be required for the expenses of the board as authorized under the terms of this compact. The contribution of each state for this purpose shall be in the proportion that its population bears to the total combined population of the states who are parties hereto as shown from time to time by the most recent official published report of the Bureau of the Census of the United States of America, unless the board shall adopt another basis in making its recommendation for appropriation to the compacting states.

ARTICLE VII. The board for the purposes of this compact is hereby empowered to receive grants, devises, gifts and bequests which the board may agree to accept and administer. The board shall administer property held in accordance with special trusts, grants and bequests, and shall also administer grants and devises of land and gifts or bequests of personal property made to the board for special uses, and shall execute said trusts, investing the proceeds thereof in notes or bonds secured by sufficient mortgage or other securities. ARTICLE VIII.

68 Stat. 984.

68 Stat. 985. The provisions of this compact shall be severable, and if any phrase, clause, sentence or provision of this compact is declared to be contrary to the Constitution of any compacting state or of the United States the validity of the remainder of this compact and the applicability thereof to any government, agency, person or circumstance shall not be affected thereby; provided, that if this compact is held to be contrary to the constitution of any compacting state the compact shall remain in full force and effect as to all other compacting states.

ARTICLE IX.

This compact shall continue in force and remain binding upon a compácting state until the legislature or the governor of such state, as the laws of such state shall provide, takes action to withdraw therefrom. Such action shall not be effective until two years after notice thereof has been sent by the governor of the state desiring to withdraw to the governors of all other states then parties to the compact. Such withdrawal shall not relieve the withdrawing state from its obligations accruing hereunder prior to the effective date of withdrawal. Any state so withdrawing, unless reinstated, shall cease to have any claim to or ownership of any of the property held by or vested in the board or to any of the funds of the board held under the terms of the compact. Thereafter, the withdrawing state may be reinstated by application after appropriate legislation is enacted by such state, upon approval by a majority vote of the board.

ARTICLE X.

If any compacting state shall at any time default in the performance of any of its obligations assumed or imposed in accordance with the provisions of this compact, all rights and privileges and benefits conferred by this compact or agreement hereunder shall be suspended

All 68 Stat. 985.

from the effective date of such default as used by the board. Unless such default shall be remedied within a period of two years following the effective date of such default, this compact may be terminated with respect to such defaulting state by affirmative vote of three fourths of the member states. Any such defaulting state may be reinstated by (a) performing all acts and obligations upon which it has heretofore defaulted, and (b) application to and approval by a majority vote of the board.

Approved August 30, 1954.

Public Law 726 - 83d Congress
Chapter 1144 - 2d Session

S. 3108

AN ACT

All 68 Stat. 999. To modify the Act of October 8, 190 (34 Stat. 1020) and the Art of July 24,

1947 (61 Stat. 418) with respect to the recoupment of certain public school (instruction (osts in Minnesota.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress uxxe mbled, That, effective on Minnesota. July 1, 1954, the recoupment requirements of the Act of October 8, School costs. 1910 (54 Stat. 1020) and the Act of July 21, 1947 (61 Stat. 418), shall become inapplicable to the unrecouped balances of funds expended pursuant to such Acts.

Approved August 31, 1954.

- 83d Congress Chapter 1149 - 2d Session

S. 3628

AN ACT

To amend Public Law 815, Eighty-first Congress, in order to extend for two addi.

tional years the program of assistance for school construction under title III of that Act.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That the last sen- School contence of section 301 of the Act of September 23, 1950 (Public Law struotion. 815, Eighty-first Congress), as amended, is amended to read as fol- Federallylows: “There are hereby authorized to be appropriated for the fiscal a tested areas.

67 Stat. 522. year ending June 30, 1954, and for the three succeeding fiscal years, 20 USC 291. such sums as the Congress may determine to be necessary for such purpose.”

Sec. 2. The first sentence of section 303 of such Act is amended 20 USC 293. by striking out “1954” and inserting in lieu thereof “1956".

Sec. 3. The first sentence of section 304 of such Act is amended by 20 USC 294. striking out "regular school year 1953–1954" and inserting in lieu thereof “regular school year 1955–1956”.

Sec. 4. Section 305 of such Act is amended (1) by striking out 20 USC 295. "regular school year 1953–1954" wherever appearing in such section and inserting in lieu thereof “regular school year 1955–1956"; and (2) by striking out “regular school year 1951–1952" wherever appearing in such section and inserting in lieu thereof “regular school year 1953-1954".

Sec. 5. Section 305 (d) of such Act is amended by striking out 68 Stat. 2005, "school years 1951-1952 and 1953–1951" and inserting in lieu thereof 68 Stat. 1006. "school years 1953–1954 and 1955–1956".

Sec. 6. The first sentence of section 310 of such Act is amended by 20 USC 300. striking out “1954" and inserting in lieu thereof "1956“.

Sec. 7. Section 209 (e) of such Act is amended by striking out 67 Stat. 528. “1955” and inserting in lieu thereof “1957".

20 USC 279. Sec. 8. The amendments made by this Act shall not apply with respect to any application filed, or any funds appropriated, before the enactment of this Act.

Approved August 31, 1954.

Public Law 732 - 83d Congress
Chapter 1150 - 2d Session

S. 3629

AN ACT

All 68 Stat. 1006. To postpone the effective date of the 3 per centum "absorption" requirement in

Public Law 874, Eighty-first Congress, for one year.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the I'nited States of Ämerica in Congress assembled, That not withstand - Sohools. ing the provisions of section 3 (c) (1) of Public Law 874, 81st Con- Federally afgress, as amended, the amounts payable to a local eclucational agency fected areas. for the fiscal year ending June 30, 1955, with respect to the mumber of 67 Stat. 531. children determined under subsection (il) or (b) of section 3 thereof 20 USC 238, shall be computed on the same basis as was used during the fiscal year ending June 30, 1951, under subsections (a), (b), (c), and (d) of section 3 of said law,

Approved August 31, 1954.

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