- Category: Penny Policy
2011 to Present
- April 17, 2012: House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology hearing on the "The Future of Money: Coin Production." Rodney Bosco of Navigant Consulting testifies on the impact of government savings if penny production ceases (Rodney Boscoe Testimony).
2006 to 2010
- September 22, 2010, Congressman Mel Watt (D-NC) introduces the "Coin Modernization, Oversight & Continuity Act of 2010, requiring a Treasury report on possible new metallic coin materials. Became Public Law 111-302.
- July 20, 2010: House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology hearing on "The State of U.S. Coins and Currency"
- May 8, 2008: House Passes legislation requiring the one-cent and five-cent coins to be produced primarily of steel; Treasury report on possible new metallic materials (H.R. 5512) the "Coin Modernization and Taxpayer Savings Act of 2008." No Senate action taken.
- November 1, 2007: Congressman Roskam (R-IL) introduces the "Cents and Sensibility Act ," legislation to alter the metallic composition of the one-cent coin to copper plated steel.
- October 31, 2007: Anticipating a House Financial Services Committee mark-up, Congressman Lucas (R-OK) files an amendment to end penny production.
- October 31, 2007: House Financial Services Committee mark-up of H.R. 3956 postponed due to concerns about reversal of the melting ban and the shift of authority to the Mint from Congress for determining coin content. Instead of a bill mark-up, a hearing is scheduled for November.
- October 24, 2007: Congressman Space introduces H.R. 3956 , the "Coinage Efficiency Act of 2007," that combines his bill to overturn the ban on melting coins (H.R. 3917) and the Gutierrez-Frank metal content bill (H.R. 3330).
- October 22, 2007: Congressman Space (D-OH) introduces H.R. 3917 to overturn the Mint ban on melting one-cent and five-cent coins.
- August 3, 2007: At the request of the Mint, Senator Allard (R-CO) introduces S. 1986 , the Coin Materials Modernization Act of 2007, Senate companion legislation to give the Mint authority to update the metallic content of coins.
- August 3, 2007: At the request of the Mint, Congressmen Gutierrez (D-IL) and Frank (D-MA) introduce H.R. 3330 , the "Coin Materials Modernization Act of 2007," legislation to give the Mint authority update the metallic content of coins.
- December 2006: Mint regulation prohibits melting of coins.
- July 17, 2006, Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) introduces the "Currency Overhaul for an Industrious Nation (COIN) Act," (H.R.5818) to require the rounding of cash transactions to the nearest 5 cents.
2001 to 2005
- December 22, 2005, President Bush signs the "Presidential $1 Coin Act of 2005;" Title III honors the 200th anniversary of Lincoln's birth with four new penny designs. The designs depict different aspects of our 16th President's life on the reverse or "tails" side of the coin.
- July 17, 2001, Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) introduces the Legal Tender Modernization Act of 2001 (H.R. 2528), requires production of a two-dollar note and rounding of cash transactions to the nearest nickel.
1989 to 2000
- November 20, 1989, Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) introduces the Price Rounding Act of 1989 (H.R. 3761) to eliminate the penny in cash transactions and require rounding of prices to the nearest five cents.
- June 20, 1989, Senate Banking Committee hearing on S. 814. Penn State economist Raymond Lombra testifies on the economic impact of penny elimination.
- April 17, 1989, Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) introduces the "United States Coinage Reform Act of 1989," (S. 814) to place into circulation $1 coins and conduct a study of phasing out production of one-cent and five-cent coins.
- February 22, 1989, Congressman Jim Kolbe (R-AZ) introduces the "United States Coinage Reform Act of 1989," (H.R. 1068) that requires a $1 coin of an least 90% copper and a study of phasing out the one-cent and 50-cent coins.
- 2012 Navigant Consulting Report: Impact Of Eliminating The Penny On The United States Mint’s Costs And Profit in Fiscal Year 2011.
- 2012 Navigant Consulting Report: Potential Benefits To The United States Mint From Changing The Metallic Content Of Its Vended Coins To Multi-Ply Plated Steel.
- 2010 Statement by Mark Weller on The State of U.S. Coins and Currency before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic Monetary Policy and Technology
- 2008 Letter to Rep. Barney Frank from the U.S. Mint opposing HR 5512
- 2008 Statement by Albert Giles, President, Jarden Zinc Products, on HR 5512 before the House Financial Services Subcommittee on Domestic and International Monetary Policy, Trade and Technology
- 2006 Kolbe bill (H.R. 5818)
- 2005 Penny redesign law to honor Lincoln in 2009
- 2001 ACC Remarks on the Kolbe bill (H.R. 2528)
- 2001 Open letter in opposition to the Kolbe bill (HR 2528) -- Eliminating the Penny: Pound Foolish!