Legislation passed in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday that would authorize the United States Mint to strike up to 350,000 commemorative silver dollars in 2013 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Girl Scouts of the USA.
The Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, or H.R. 621, was introduced on Jan. 21 by Rep. Jack Kingston. It represents a second attempt at passage as the first version failed to make its way through last year's 110th Congress.
The final outcome for this bill would seem to be different. It had the support of 304 cosponsors and easily passed in the House by a simple voice vote. Then there is the Boy Scouts Centennial Commemorative Coin Act, which was signed into law in October of 2008. It would seem an unsupportable position to honor the Boy Scouts next year for their 100th anniversary, and then not do the same for the Girl Scouts on their centennial.
New legislation seeking to commemorate the Girl Scouts 100th anniversary with up to 350,000 silver dollars in 2011 was reintroduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday, January 21.
The Girl Scouts USA Centennial Commemorative Coin Act was brought back under a new bill number (H.R. 621) by Rep. Jack Kingston after the first version failed to make its way through the 110th Congress.
The Boy Scouts Centennial Commemorative Coin Act was signed into law in October of 2008, making it more likely the Girl Scouts legislation would pass as well. However, the Boy Scouts celebrate their centennial a year earlier and required quicker consideration. And the busy 2008 fall political season was less than conducive in getting many bills mustered through for passage. The new 111th Congress will now have the opportunity to help celebrate the history of the Girl Scouts.