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H.R.3157: Public Access to Public Science Act

About this Bill

This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about science, technology, communications
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Sponsor F. James Sensenbrenner, R-Wis.
Total Cosponsors 1 (All Democrats)
Introduced Sept. 20, 2013
Latest Major Action Dec. 13, 2013
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Bill Summary

Public Access to Public Science Act - Directs each of the covered agencies (the National Aeronautics and Space Administration [NASA], National Science Foundation [NSF], National Institute of Standards and Technology [NIST], and National Weather Service [NWS]) to formulate and implement a public access policy to make covered works publicly available, without charge, on the day after the end of an embargo period.

Defines: (1) "covered work" as any peer-reviewed research results published in scholarly publications, with certain exceptions, that are based on research funded in whole or in part by a covered agency; and (2) "embargo period" as the period of time no more than 12 months after the initial date of publication of a covered work, unless modified.

Specifies that the public access policy shall: (1) allow the public to read, download, and analyze by machine covered works in digital form; (2) facilitate easy public search of, analysis of, and ...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 13, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Research and Technology.
Sept. 20, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology.