I made a comic about it back in October 2005, but now I am finally getting around to posting more info about this legislation. How cool for Mr. Dayton, to be able to write a bill with such a visionary message -- that's the kind of stuff I'd want to try for if I was a United States Senator. (Vote for Newcomer!)
John Lennon and Yoko Ono liked to talk about the war machine, and the necessity of a peace machine. So, this is part of what needs to happen (in every nation) to help bring about peace.
Basically, this legislation was not adopted. But let's hope for a similar bill to be ratified sometime soon.
Office of Technology for Peace
There shall be in the Department an Office of Technology for Peace, the head of which shall be the Assistant Secretary of Technology for Peace. The Assistant Secretary of Technology for Peace shall carry out those functions in the Department affecting the awareness, study, and impact of developing new technologies on the creation and maintenance of domestic and international peace.
The Assistant Secretary of Technology for Peace shall provide grants for the research and development of technologies in transportation, communications, and energy that—
are nonviolent in their application; and
encourage the conservation and sustainability of natural resources in order to prevent future conflicts regarding scarce resources.