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H.Res.253 Jun-18-13
Status: January 15, 2013.--Introduced in House. June 6, 2013.--Reported to Committee. H. Rept. 113-98. June 17, 2013.--Pass House. Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays June 18, 2013.--Referred to Senate committee. H.R.253 Y Mountain Access Enhancement Act (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 253 RFS 113th CONGRESS1st Session H. R. 253IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 18, 2013 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To provide for the conveyance of approximately 80 acres of National Forest System land in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in Utah to Brigham Young University, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Y Mountain Access Enhancement Act'. SEC. 2. LAND CONVEYANCE, UINTA-WASATCH-CACHE NATIONAL FOREST, UTAH. (a) Conveyance Required- On the request of Brigham Young University submitted to the Secretary of Agriculture not later than one year after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall convey, not later than one year after receiving the request, to Brigham Young University all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the approximately 80-acres of National Forest System land in the Uinta-Wasatch-Cache National Forest in the State of Utah generally depicted as `Proposed Conveyance Parcel' on the map titled `Y' Mountain Access Enhancement Act' and dated June 6, 2013. The conveyance shall be subject to valid existing rights and shall be made by quitclaim deed. (b) Consideration- (1) CONSIDERATION REQUIRED- As consideration for the land conveyed under subsection (a), Brigham Young University shall pay to the Secretary an amount equal to the fair market value of the land, as determined by an appraisal approved by the Secretary and conducted in conformity with the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions and section 206 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1716). (2) DEPOSIT- The consideration received by the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall be deposited in the general fund of the Treasury to reduce the Federal deficit. (c) Guaranteed Public Access to Y Mountain Trail- After the conveyance under subsection (a), Brigham Young University represents that it will-- (1) continue to allow the same reasonable public access to the trailhead and portion of the Y Mountain Trail already owned by Brigham Young University as of the date of the enactment of this Act that Brigham Young University has historically allowed; and (2) allow that same reasonable public access to the portion of the Y Mountain Trail and the `Y' symbol located on the land described in subsection (a). (d) Survey and Administrative Costs- The exact acreage and legal description of the land to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined by a survey satisfactory to the Secretary. Brigham Young University shall pay the reasonable costs of survey, appraisal, and any administrative analyses required by law. Passed the House of Representatives June 17, 2013. Attest: KAREN L. HAAS, Clerk.
S.247 Feb-07-13
STATUS: February 7, 2013.--Introduced. March 14, 2013.--Full committee business meeting; ordered reported with an amendment. (voice vote) April 22, 2013.--Reported to the Senate with an amendment. S. Rept. 113-23 April 22, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar. [Calendar No. 54] July 9, 2014.--Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. July 17, 2014.--Referred to House subcommittee: Referred to the Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife, Oceans, and Insular Affairs. S.247 Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act (Reported in Senate - RS) S 247 RS Calendar No. 54113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 247[Report No. 113-23] To establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties, Maryland, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 7, 2013 Mr. CARDIN (for himself, Mr. SCHUMER, Ms. MIKULSKI, and Mrs. GILLIBRAND) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources April 22, 2013 Reported by Mr. WYDEN, with an amendment [Insert the part printed in italic]A BILL To establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties, Maryland, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act'. SEC. 2. HARRIET TUBMAN UNDERGROUND RAILROAD NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, MARYLAND. (a) Definitions- In this section: (1) HISTORICAL PARK- The term `historical park' means the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park established by subsection (b)(1)(A). (2) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `Authorized Acquisition Area for the Proposed Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park', numbered T20/80,001, and dated July 2010. (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (4) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Maryland. (b) Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park- (1) ESTABLISHMENT- (A) IN GENERAL- Subject to subparagraph (B), there is established the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties, Maryland, as a unit of the National Park System. (B) DETERMINATION BY SECRETARY- The historical park shall not be established until the date on which the Secretary determines that a sufficient quantity of land, or interests in land, has been acquired to constitute a manageable park unit. (C) NOTICE- Not later than 30 days after the date on which the Secretary makes a determination under subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register notice of the establishment of the historical park, including an official boundary map for the historical park. (D) AVAILABILITY OF MAP- The official boundary map published under subparagraph (C) shall be on file and available for public inspection in appropriate offices of the National Park Service. (2) PURPOSE- The purpose of the historical park is to preserve and interpret for the benefit of present and future generations the historical, cultural, and natural resources associated with the life of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. (3) LAND ACQUISITION- (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may acquire land and interests in land within the areas depicted on the map as `Authorized Acquisition Areas' by purchase from willing sellers, donation, or exchange. (B) BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT- On acquisition of land or an interest in land under subparagraph (A), the boundary of the historical park shall be adjusted to reflect the acquisition. (c) Administration- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall administer the historical park in accordance with this section and the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including-- (A) the National Park System Organic Act (16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.); and (B) the Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.). (2) INTERAGENCY AGREEMENT- Not later than 1 year after the date on which the historical park is established, the Director of the National Park Service and the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service shall enter into an agreement to allow the National Park Service to provide for public interpretation of historic resources located within the boundary of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge that are associated with the life of Harriet Tubman, consistent with the management requirements of the Refuge. (3) INTERPRETIVE TOURS- The Secretary may provide interpretive tours to sites and resources located outside the boundary of the historical park in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties, Maryland, relating to the life of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. (4) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS- (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may enter into a cooperative agreement with the State, political subdivisions of the State, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, and individuals-- (i) to mark, interpret, and restore nationally significant historic or cultural resources relating to the life of Harriet Tubman or the Underground Railroad within the boundaries of the historical park, if the agreement provides for reasonable public access; or (ii) to conduct research relating to the life of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad. (B) VISITOR CENTER- The Secretary may enter into a cooperative agreement with the State to design, construct, operate, and maintain a joint visitor center on land owned by the State-- (i) to provide for National Park Service visitor and interpretive facilities for the historical park; and (ii) to provide to the Secretary, at no additional cost, sufficient office space to administer the historical park. (C) COST-SHARING REQUIREMENT- (i) FEDERAL SHARE- The Federal share of the total cost of any activity carried out under this paragraph shall not exceed 50 percent. (ii) FORM OF NON-FEDERAL SHARE- The non-Federal share of the cost of carrying out an activity under this paragraph may be in the form of in-kind contributions or goods or services fairly valued. (d) General Management Plan- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this section, the Secretary shall prepare a general management plan for the historical park in accordance with section 12(b) of the National Park Service General Authorities Act (16 U.S.C. 1a-7(b)). (2) CONSULTATION- The general management plan shall be prepared in consultation with the State (including political subdivisions of the State). (3) COORDINATION- The Secretary shall coordinate the preparation and implementation of the management plan with-- (A) the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge; (B) the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park established by section 3(b)(1)(A); and (C) the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. (e) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this section. SEC. 3. HARRIET TUBMAN NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK, AUBURN, NEW YORK. (a) Definitions- In this section: (1) HISTORICAL PARK- The term `historical park' means the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park established by subsection (b)(1)(A). (2) HOME- The term `Home' means The Harriet Tubman Home, Inc., located in Auburn, New York. (3) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `Harriet Tubman National Historical Park', numbered T18/80,000, and dated March 2009. (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (5) STATE- The term `State' means the State of New York. (b) Harriet Tubman National Historical Park- (1) ESTABLISHMENT- (A) IN GENERAL- Subject to subparagraph (B), there is established the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, as a unit of the National Park System. (B) DETERMINATION BY SECRETARY- The historical park shall not be established until the date on which the Secretary determines that a sufficient quantity of land, or interests in land, has been acquired to constitute a manageable park unit. (C) NOTICE- Not later than 30 days after the date on which the Secretary makes a determination under subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register notice of the establishment of the historical park. (D) MAP- The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in appropriate offices of the National Park Service. (2) BOUNDARY- The historical park shall include the Harriet Tubman Home, the Tubman Home for the Aged, the Thompson Memorial AME Zion Church and Rectory, and associated land, as identified in the area entitled `National Historical Park Proposed Boundary' on the map. (3) PURPOSE- The purpose of the historical park is to preserve and interpret for the benefit of present and future generations the historical, cultural, and natural resources associated with the life of Harriet Tubman. (4) LAND ACQUISITION- The Secretary may acquire land and interests in land within the areas depicted on the map by purchase from a willing seller, donation, or exchange. (c) Administration- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall administer the historical park in accordance with this section and the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including-- (A) the National Park System Organic Act (16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.); and (B) the Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.). (2) INTERPRETIVE TOURS- The Secretary may provide interpretive tours to sites and resources located outside the boundary of the historical park in Auburn, New York, relating to the life of Harriet Tubman. (3) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS- (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may enter into a cooperative agreement with the owner of any land within the historical park to mark, interpret, or restore nationally significant historic or cultural resources relating to the life of Harriet Tubman, if the agreement provides that-- (i) the Secretary shall have the right of access to any public portions of the land covered by the agreement to allow for-- (I) access at reasonable times by historical park visitors to the land; and (II) interpretation of the land for the public; and (ii) no changes or alterations shall be made to the land except by mutual agreement of the Secretary and the owner of the land. (B) RESEARCH- The Secretary may enter into a cooperative agreement with the State, political subdivisions of the State, institutions of higher education, the Home and other nonprofit organizations, and individuals to conduct research relating to the life of Harriet Tubman. (C) COST-SHARING REQUIREMENT- (i) FEDERAL SHARE- The Federal share of the total cost of any activity carried out under this paragraph shall not exceed 50 percent. (ii) FORM OF NON-FEDERAL SHARE- The non-Federal share may be in the form of in-kind contributions or goods or services fairly valued. (D) ATTORNEY GENERAL- (i) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall submit to the Attorney General for review any cooperative agreement under this paragraph involving religious property or property owned by a religious institution. (ii) FINDING- No cooperative agreement subject to review under this subparagraph shall take effect until the date on which the Attorney General issues a finding that the proposed agreement does not violate the Establishment Clause of the first amendment to the Constitution. (d) General Management Plan- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this section, the Secretary shall prepare a general management plan for the historical park in accordance with section 12(b) of the National Park Service General Authorities Act (16 U.S.C. 1a-7(b)). (2) COORDINATION- The Secretary shall coordinate the preparation and implementation of the management plan with-- (A) the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park established by section 2(b)(1); and (B) the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom. (e) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act, except that not more than $7,500,000 shall be available to provide financial assistance under subsection (c)(3). SEC. 4. OFFSET. Section 101(b)(12) of the Water Resources Development Act of 1996 (Public Law 104-303; 110 Stat. 3667) is amended by striking `$53,852,000' and inserting `$29,852,000'. Calendar No. 54 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 247[Report No. 113-23]A BILL To establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties, Maryland, and for other purposes. April 22, 2013Reported with an amendment
S.244 Feb-07-13
STATUS: February 7, 2013: Introduced. March 14, 2013: Full committee business meeting; ordered reported without amendment. (voice vote) April 22, 2013: Reported to the Senate without amendment. S. Rept. 133-22 April 22, 2013: Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar. [Calendar No. 53] June 19, 2013.--Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. June 20, 2013.--Held at desk. S.244 To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project. (Reported in Senate - RS) S 244 RS Calendar No. 53113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 244[Report No. 113-22] To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 7, 2013 Mr. HOEVEN (for himself and Ms. HEITKAMP) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources April 22, 2013 Reported by Mr. WYDEN, without amendment A BILL To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. PILOT PROJECT OFFICES OF FEDERAL PERMIT STREAMLINING PILOT PROJECT. Section 365 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15924) is amended by striking subsection (d) and inserting the following: `(d) Pilot Project Offices- The following Bureau of Land Management Offices shall serve as the Pilot Project offices: `(1) Rawlins Field Office, Wyoming. `(2) Buffalo Field Office, Wyoming. `(3) Montana/Dakotas State Office, Montana. `(4) Farmington Field Office, New Mexico. `(5) Carlsbad Field Office, New Mexico. `(6) Grand Junction/Glenwood Springs Field Office, Colorado. `(7) Vernal Field Office, Utah.'. Calendar No. 53 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 244[Report No. 113-22]A BILL To amend the Energy Policy Act of 2005 to modify the Pilot Project offices of the Federal Permit Streamlining Pilot Project. April 22, 2013Reported without amendment
S.241 Feb-07-13
STATUS: February 7, 2013.-- Introduced. April 25, 2013.--Hearing by Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests and Mining. (11) May 16, 2013.--Full committee business meeting; ordered reported with an amendment (voice vote) in the nature of a substitute favorably. June 27, 2013.--Reported to Senate with an amendment in the nature of a substitute and an amendment to the title. S. Rept. 113-54. June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 108]. S.241 Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishment Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 241 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 241 To establish the Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area in the State of New Mexico, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 7, 2013 Mr. UDALL of New Mexico (for himself and Mr. HEINRICH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish the Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area in the State of New Mexico, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area Establishment Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) CONSERVATION AREA- The term `Conservation Area' means the Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area established by section 3(a)(1). (2) LAND GRANT COMMUNITY- The term `land grant community' means a member of the Board of Trustees of confirmed and nonconfirmed community land grants within the Conservation Area. (3) MANAGEMENT PLAN- The term `management plan' means the management plan for the Conservation Area developed under section 3(d). (4) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area' and dated May 22, 2012. (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (6) STATE- The term `State' means the State of New Mexico. SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA. (a) Establishment- (1) IN GENERAL- There is established the Rio Grande del Norte National Conservation Area in the State. (2) AREA INCLUDED- The Conservation Area shall consist of approximately 235,980 acres of public land in Taos and Rio Arriba counties in the State, as generally depicted on the map. (b) Purposes- The purposes of the Conservation Area are to conserve, protect, and enhance for the benefit and enjoyment of present and future generations the cultural, archaeological, natural, ecological, geological, historical, wildlife, educational, recreational, and scenic resources of the Conservation Area. (c) Management- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall manage the Conservation Area-- (A) in a manner that conserves, protects, and enhances the resources of the Conservation Area; and (B) in accordance with-- (i) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); (ii) this Act; and (iii) any other applicable laws. (2) USES- (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall allow only such uses of the Conservation Area that the Secretary determines would further the purposes described in subsection (b). (B) USE OF MOTORIZED VEHICLES- (i) IN GENERAL- Except as needed for administrative purposes or to respond to an emergency, the use of motorized vehicles in the Conservation Area shall be permitted only on roads designated for use by motorized vehicles in the management plan. (ii) NEW ROADS- No additional road shall be built within the Conservation Area after the date of enactment of this Act unless the road is needed for public safety or natural resource protection. (C) GRAZING- The Secretary shall permit grazing within the Conservation Area, where established before the date of enactment of this Act-- (i) subject to all applicable laws (including regulations) and Executive orders; and (ii) consistent with the purposes described in subsection (b). (D) COLLECTION OF PIN.AE6ON NUTS AND FIREWOOD- Nothing in this section precludes the traditional collection of firewood and pinAE6on nuts for noncommercial personal use within the Conservation Area-- (i) in accordance with any applicable laws; and (ii) subject to such terms and conditions as the Secretary determines to be appropriate. (E) UTILITY RIGHT-OF-WAY UPGRADES- Nothing in this section precludes the Secretary from renewing or authorizing the upgrading (including widening) of an existing utility right-of-way through the Conservation Area in a manner that minimizes harm to the purposes of the Conservation Area described in subsection (b)-- (i) in accordance with-- (I) the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.); and (II) any other applicable law; and (ii) subject to such terms and conditions as the Secretary determines to be appropriate. (F) TRIBAL CULTURAL USES- (i) ACCESS- The Secretary shall, in consultation with Indian tribes or pueblos-- (I) ensure the protection of religious and cultural sites in the Conservation Area; and (II) provide access to the sites by members of Indian tribes or pueblos for traditional cultural and customary uses, consistent with Public Law 95-341 (commonly known as the `American Indian Religious Freedom Act') (42 U.S.C. 1996). (ii) TEMPORARY CLOSURES- In accordance with Public Law 95-341 (commonly known as the `American Indian Religious Freedom Act') (42 U.S.C. 1996), the Secretary, on request of an Indian tribe or pueblo, may temporarily close to general public use 1 or more specific areas of the Conservation Area in order to protect traditional cultural and customary uses in those areas by members of the Indian tribe or the pueblo. (d) Management Plan- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall develop a management plan for the Conservation Area. (2) OTHER PLANS- To the extent consistent with this Act, the plan may incorporate in the management plan the Rio Grande Corridor Management Plan in effect on the date of enactment of this Act. (3) CONSULTATION- The management plan shall be developed in consultation with-- (A) State and local governments; (B) tribal governmental entities; (C) land grant communities; and (D) the public. (4) CONSIDERATIONS- In preparing and implementing the management plan, the Secretary shall consider the recommendations of Indian tribes and pueblos on methods for-- (A) ensuring access to religious and cultural sites; (B) enhancing the privacy and continuity of traditional cultural and religious activities in the Conservation Area; and (C) protecting traditional cultural and religious sites in the Conservation Area. (e) Incorporation of Acquired Land and Interests in Land- Any land that is within the boundary of the Conservation Area that is acquired by the United States shall-- (1) become part of the Conservation Area; and (2) be managed in accordance with-- (A) this Act; and (B) any other applicable laws. (f) Special Management Areas- (1) IN GENERAL- The establishment of the Conservation Area shall not change the management status of any area within the boundary of the Conservation Area that is-- (A) designated as a component of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System under the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1271 et seq.); or (B) managed as an area of critical environmental concern. (2) CONFLICT OF LAWS- If there is a conflict between the laws applicable to the areas described in paragraph (1) and this Act, the more restrictive provision shall control. SEC. 4. DESIGNATION OF WILDERNESS AREAS. (a) In General- In accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the following areas in the Conservation Area are designated as wilderness and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System: (1) CERRO DEL YUTA WILDERNESS- Certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Taos County, New Mexico, comprising approximately 13,420 acres as generally depicted on the map, which shall be known as the `Cerro del Yuta Wilderness'. (2) Rio SAN ANTONIO WILDERNESS- Certain land administered by the Bureau of Land Management in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, comprising approximately 8,000 acres, as generally depicted on the map, which shall be known as the `Rio San Antonio Wilderness'. (b) Management of Wilderness Areas- Subject to valid existing rights, the wilderness areas designated by subsection (a) shall be administered in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.) and this Act, except that with respect to the wilderness areas designated by this Act-- (1) any reference to the effective date of the Wilderness Act shall be considered to be a reference to the date of enactment of this Act; and (2) any reference in the Wilderness Act to the Secretary of Agriculture shall be considered to be a reference to the Secretary. (c) Incorporation of Acquired Land and Interests in Land- Any land or interest in land within the boundary of the wilderness areas designated by subsection (a) that is acquired by the United States shall-- (1) become part of the wilderness area in which the land is located; and (2) be managed in accordance with-- (A) the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.); (B) this Act; and (C) any other applicable laws. (d) Grazing- Grazing of livestock in the wilderness areas designated by subsection (a), where established before the date of enactment of this Act, shall be administered in accordance with-- (1) section 4(d)(4) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(4)); and (2) the guidelines set forth in appendix A of the Report of the Committee on Interior and Insular Affairs to accompany H.R. 2570 of the 101st Congress (H. Rept. 101-405). (e) Buffer Zones- (1) IN GENERAL- Nothing in this section creates a protective perimeter or buffer zone around any wilderness area designated by subsection (a). (2) ACTIVITIES OUTSIDE WILDERNESS AREAS- The fact that an activity or use on land outside any wilderness area designated by subsection (a) can be seen or heard within the wilderness area shall not preclude the activity or use outside the boundary of the wilderness area. (f) Release of Wilderness Study Areas- Congress finds that, for purposes of section 603(c) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1782(c)), the public land within the San Antonio Wilderness Study Area not designated as wilderness by this section-- (1) has been adequately studied for wilderness designation; (2) is no longer subject to section 603(c) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1782(c)); and (3) shall be managed in accordance with this Act. SEC. 5. GENERAL PROVISIONS. (a) Maps and Legal Descriptions- (1) IN GENERAL- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file the map and legal descriptions of the Conservation Area and the wilderness areas designated by section 4(a) with-- (A) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and (B) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives. (2) FORCE OF LAW- The map and legal descriptions filed under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct errors in the legal description and map. (3) PUBLIC AVAILABILITY- The map and legal descriptions filed under paragraph (1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management. (b) National Landscape Conservation System- The Conservation Area and the wilderness areas designated by section 4(a) shall be administered as components of the National Landscape Conservation System. (c) Fish and Wildlife- Nothing in this Act affects the jurisdiction of the State with respect to fish and wildlife located on public land in the State, except that the Secretary, after consultation with the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, may designate zones where, and establishing periods when, hunting shall not be allowed for reasons of public safety, administration, or public use and enjoyment. (d) Withdrawals- Subject to valid existing rights, any Federal land within the Conservation Area and the wilderness areas designated by section 4(a), including any land or interest in land that is acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act, is withdrawn from-- (1) entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws. (e) Treaty Rights- Nothing in this Act enlarges, diminishes, or otherwise modifies any treaty rights. SEC. 6. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act
S.Res.231 Sep-17-13
STATUS: September 17, 2013.--Submitted. September 17, 2013.--Full committee business; ordered reported without written report. September 17, 2013.--Referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration. S.RES.231 Authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. (Introduced in Senate - IS) SRES 231 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. RES. 231 Authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESSeptember 17, 2013 Mr. WYDEN, from the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, reported the following original resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration RESOLUTION Authorizing expenditures by the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Resolved, SECTION 1. GENERAL AUTHORITY. In carrying out its powers, duties, and functions under the Standing Rules of the Senate, in accordance with its jurisdiction under Rule XXV of the Rules, including holding hearings, reporting the hearings, and making investigations as authorized by paragraphs 1 and 8 of Rule XXVI of the Standing Rules of the Senate, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources (referred to in this resolution as the `Committee') is authorized for the period beginning October 1, 2013, and ending September 30, 2014, and for the period beginning October 1, 2014, and ending February 28, 2015, in its discretion-- (1) to make expenditures from the contingent fund of the Senate; (2) to employ personnel; and (3) with the prior consent of the government department or agency concerned and the Committee on Rules and Administration, to use on a reimbursable or nonreimbursable basis the services of personnel of any such department or agency. SEC. 2. EXPENSES. (a) Initial Period- The expenses of the Committee for the period beginning October 1, 2013, and ending September 30, 2014, under this resolution shall not exceed $5,463,481. (b) Subsequent Period- The expenses of the Committee for the period beginning October 1, 2014, and ending February 28, 2015, under this resolution shall not exceed $2,276,450. SEC. 3. REPORTING OF FINDINGS AND RECOMMENDATIONS. The Committee shall report its findings, together with such recommendations for legislation as it considers advisable, to the Senate at the earliest practicable date, but not later than February 28, 2015. SEC. 4. PAYMENT FROM CONTINGENT FUND. (a) In General- Expenses of the Committee under this resolution shall be paid from the contingent fund of the Senate on vouchers approved by the chairman of the Committee. (b) Exceptions- Vouchers shall not be required for-- (1) the disbursement of salaries of employees paid at an annual rate; (2) the payment of telecommunications provided by the Office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate; (3) the payment of stationery supplies purchased through the Keeper of the Stationery of the Senate; (4) payments to the Postmaster of the Senate; (5) the payment of metered charges on copying equipment provided by the Office of the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate; (6) the payment of Senate Recording and Photographic Services; or (7) the payment of franked and mass mail costs by the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the Senate. SEC. 5. AGENCY CONTRIBUTIONS. There are authorized such sums as are necessary for agency contributions related to the compensation of employees of the Committee for the period beginning October 1, 2013, and ending September 30, 2014, and for the period beginning October 1, 2014, and ending February 28, 2015, to be paid from the Appropriations account for `Expenses of Inquiries and Investigations'.
S.230 Feb-07-13
STATUS: February 7, 2013.--Introduced. February 25, 2013.--Mr. Johnson added as cosponsor. March 4, 2013.--Mr. Begich added as cosponsor. March 13, 2013.--Mrs. Shaheen added as cosponsor. March 14. 2013.--Full committee business meeting; ordered reported without amendment. (voice vote) April 4,2013.--Reported to the Senate without amendment. S. Rept. 113-21 April 22, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar. [Calendar No. 52] June 19, 2013.--Passed in Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. June 20, 2013.--Referred to House Committee on Natural Resources and House Committee on the Budget. June 25, 2013.--Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation. January 13, 2014.--Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by the Yeas and Nays: (2/3 required): 387 - 7 (Roll no. 13). January 15, 2014.--Presented to the President. January 24, 2014.--Signed by President and became Public Law No: 113-78 S.230 To authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes. (Reported in Senate - RS) S 230 RS Calendar No. 52113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 230[Report No. 113-21] To authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 7, 2013 Mr. PORTMAN (for himself, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota, Mr. BEGICH, and Mrs. SHAHEEN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources April 22, 2013 Reported by Mr. WYDEN, without amendment A BILL To authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. MEMORIAL TO COMMEMORATE AMERICA'S COMMITMENT TO INTERNATIONAL SERVICE AND GLOBAL PROSPERITY. (a) Authorization To Establish Commemorative Work- The Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation may establish a commemorative work on Federal land in the District of Columbia and its environs to commemorate the mission of the Peace Corps and the ideals on which the Peace Corps was founded. (b) Compliance With Standards for Commemorative Works Act- The establishment of the commemorative work under this section shall be in accordance with chapter 89 of title 40, United States Code (commonly known as the `Commemorative Works Act'). (c) Use of Federal Funds Prohibited- (1) IN GENERAL- Federal funds may not be used to pay any expense of the establishment of the commemorative work under this section. (2) RESPONSIBILITY OF PEACE CORPS- The Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation shall be solely responsible for acceptance of contributions for, and payment of the expenses of, the establishment of the commemorative work under this section. (d) Deposit of Excess Funds- If, on payment of all expenses for the establishment of the commemorative work under this section (including the maintenance and preservation amount required by section 8906(b)(1) of title 40, United States Code), or on expiration of the authority for the commemorative work under section 8903(e) of title 40, United States Code, there remains a balance of funds received for the establishment of the commemorative work, the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation shall transmit the amount of the balance to the Secretary of the Interior for deposit in the account provided for in section 8906(b)(3) of title 40, United States Code. SEC. 2. BUDGETARY EFFECTS. The budgetary effects of this Act, for the purpose of complying with the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010, shall be determined by reference to the latest statement titled `Budgetary Effects of PAYGO Legislation' for this Act, submitted for printing in the Congressional Record by the Chairman of the Senate Budget Committee, provided that such statement has been submitted prior to the vote on passage. Calendar No. 52 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 230[Report No. 113-21]A BILL To authorize the Peace Corps Commemorative Foundation to establish a commemorative work in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes. April 22, 2013Reported without amendment
S.228 Feb-04-13
STATUS: February 4, 2013.--Introduced. April 23, 2013.--Hearing by Subcommittee on National Parks (9) S.Hrg. 113-27. S.228 Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Establishment Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 228 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 228 To establish the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 4, 2013 Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself and Mrs. BOXER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Establishment Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) HERITAGE AREA- The term `Heritage Area' means the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Heritage Area established by section 3(a). (2) HERITAGE AREA MANAGEMENT PLAN- The term `Heritage Area management plan' means the plan developed and adopted by the management entity under this Act. (3) MANAGEMENT ENTITY- The term `management entity' means the management entity for the Heritage Area designated by section 3(d). (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (5) STATE- The term `State' means the State of California. SEC. 3. SACRAMENTO-SAN JOAQUIN DELTA HERITAGE AREA. (a) Establishment- There is established the `Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta Heritage Area' in the State. (b) Boundaries- The boundaries of the Heritage Area shall be in the counties of Contra Costa, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Solano, and Yolo in the State of California, as generally depicted on the map entitled `Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta National Heritage Area Proposed Boundary', numbered T27/105,030, and dated September 2010. (c) Availability of Map- The map described in subsection (b) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service and the Delta Protection Commission. (d) Management Entity- The management entity for the Heritage Area shall be the Delta Protection Commission established by section 29735 of the California Public Resources Code. (e) Administration- (1) AUTHORITIES- For purposes of carrying out the Heritage Area management plan, the Secretary, acting through the management entity, may use amounts made available under this Act to-- (A) make grants to the State or a political subdivision of the State, nonprofit organizations, and other persons; (B) enter into cooperative agreements with, or provide technical assistance to, the State or a political subdivision of the State, nonprofit organizations, and other interested parties; (C) hire and compensate staff, which shall include individuals with expertise in natural, cultural, and historical resources protection, and heritage programming; (D) obtain money or services from any source including any that are provided under any other Federal law or program; (E) contract for goods or services; and (F) undertake to be a catalyst for any other activity that furthers the Heritage Area and is consistent with the approved Heritage Area management plan. (2) DUTIES- The management entity shall-- (A) in accordance with subsection (f), prepare and submit a Heritage Area management plan to the Secretary; (B) assist units of local government, regional planning organizations, and nonprofit organizations in carrying out the approved Heritage Area management plan by-- (i) carrying out programs and projects that recognize, protect, and enhance important resource values in the Heritage Area; (ii) establishing and maintaining interpretive exhibits and programs in the Heritage Area; (iii) developing recreational and educational opportunities in the Heritage Area; (iv) increasing public awareness of, and appreciation for, natural, historical, scenic, and cultural resources of the Heritage Area; (v) protecting and restoring historic sites and buildings in the Heritage Area that are consistent with Heritage Area themes; (vi) ensuring that clear, consistent, and appropriate signs identifying points of public access, and sites of interest are posted throughout the Heritage Area; and (vii) promoting a wide range of partnerships among governments, organizations, and individuals to further the Heritage Area; (C) consider the interests of diverse units of government, businesses, organizations, and individuals in the Heritage Area in the preparation and implementation of the Heritage Area management plan; (D) conduct meetings open to the public at least semiannually regarding the development and implementation of the Heritage Area management plan; (E) for any year that Federal funds have been received under this Act-- (i) submit an annual report to the Secretary that describes the activities, expenses, and income of the management entity (including grants to any other entities during the year that the report is made); (ii) make available to the Secretary for audit all records relating to the expenditure of the funds and any matching funds; and (iii) require, with respect to all agreements authorizing expenditure of Federal funds by other organizations, that the organizations receiving the funds make available to the Secretary for audit all records concerning the expenditure of the funds; and (F) encourage by appropriate means economic viability that is consistent with the Heritage Area. (3) PROHIBITION ON THE ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY- The management entity shall not use Federal funds made available under this Act to acquire real property or any interest in real property. (4) COST-SHARING REQUIREMENT- The Federal share of the cost of any activity carried out using any assistance made available under this Act shall be 50 percent. (f) Heritage Area Management Plan- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the management entity shall submit to the Secretary for approval a proposed Heritage Area management plan. (2) REQUIREMENTS- The Heritage Area management plan shall-- (A) incorporate an integrated and cooperative approach to agricultural resources and activities, flood protection facilities, and other public infrastructure; (B) emphasizes the importance of the resources described in subparagraph (A); (C) take into consideration State and local plans; (D) include-- (i) an inventory of-- (I) the resources located in the core area described in subsection (b); and (II) any other property in the core area that-- (aa) is related to the themes of the Heritage Area; and (bb) should be preserved, restored, managed, or maintained because of the significance of the property; (ii) comprehensive policies, strategies and recommendations for conservation, funding, management, and development of the Heritage Area; (iii) a description of actions that governments, private organizations, and individuals have agreed to take to protect the natural, historical and cultural resources of the Heritage Area; (iv) a program of implementation for the Heritage Area management plan by the management entity that includes a description of-- (I) actions to facilitate ongoing collaboration among partners to promote plans for resource protection, restoration, and construction; and (II) specific commitments for implementation that have been made by the management entity or any government, organization, or individual for the first 5 years of operation; (v) the identification of sources of funding for carrying out the Heritage Area management plan; (vi) analysis and recommendations for means by which local, State, and Federal programs, including the role of the National Park Service in the Heritage Area, may best be coordinated to carry out this Act; and (vii) an interpretive plan for the Heritage Area; and (E) recommend policies and strategies for resource management that consider and detail the application of appropriate land and water management techniques, including the development of intergovernmental and interagency cooperative agreements to protect the natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area. (3) RESTRICTIONS- The Heritage Area management plan submitted under this subsection shall-- (A) ensure participation by appropriate Federal, State, tribal, and local agencies, including the Delta Stewardship Council, special districts, natural and historical resource protection and agricultural organizations, educational institutions, businesses, recreational organizations, community residents, and private property owners; and (B) not be approved until the Secretary has received certification from the Delta Protection Commission that the Delta Stewardship Council has reviewed the Heritage Area management plan for consistency with the plan adopted by the Delta Stewardship Council pursuant to State law. (4) DEADLINE- If a proposed Heritage Area management plan is not submitted to the Secretary by the date that is 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the management entity shall be ineligible to receive additional funding under this Act until the date that the Secretary receives and approves the Heritage Area management plan. (5) APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL OF HERITAGE AREA MANAGEMENT PLAN- (A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of receipt of the Heritage Area management plan under paragraph (1), the Secretary, in consultation with the State, shall approve or disapprove the Heritage Area management plan. (B) CRITERIA FOR APPROVAL- In determining whether to approve the Heritage Area management plan, the Secretary shall consider whether-- (i) the management entity is representative of the diverse interests of the Heritage Area, including governments, natural and historic resource protection organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and recreational organizations; (ii) the management entity has afforded adequate opportunity, including public hearings, for public and governmental involvement in the preparation of the Heritage Area management plan; and (iii) the resource protection and interpretation strategies contained in the Heritage Area management plan, if implemented, would adequately protect the natural, historical, and cultural resources of the Heritage Area. (C) ACTION FOLLOWING DISAPPROVAL- If the Secretary disapproves the Heritage Area management plan under subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall-- (i) advise the management entity in writing of the reasons for the disapproval; (ii) make recommendations for revisions to the Heritage Area management plan; and (iii) not later than 180 days after the receipt of any proposed revision of the Heritage Area management plan from the management entity, approve or disapprove the proposed revision. (D) AMENDMENTS- (i) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall approve or disapprove each amendment to the Heritage Area management plan that the Secretary determines make a substantial change to the Heritage Area management plan. (ii) USE OF FUNDS- The management entity shall not use Federal funds authorized by this Act to carry out any amendments to the Heritage Area management plan until the Secretary has approved the amendments. (g) Relationship to Other Federal Agencies- (1) IN GENERAL- Nothing in this Act affects the authority of a Federal agency to provide technical or financial assistance under any other law. (2) CONSULTATION AND COORDINATION- The head of any Federal agency planning to conduct activities that may have an impact on the Heritage Area is encouraged to consult and coordinate the activities with the Secretary and the management entity to the maximum extent practicable. (3) OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES- Nothing in this Act-- (A) modifies, alters, or amends any law or regulation authorizing a Federal agency to manage Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Federal agency; (B) limits the discretion of a Federal land manager to implement an approved land use plan within the boundaries of the Heritage Area; or (C) modifies, alters, or amends any authorized use of Federal land under the jurisdiction of a Federal agency. (h) Private Property and Regulatory Protections- (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), nothing in this Act-- (A) abridges the rights of any property owner (whether public or private), including the right to refrain from participating in any plan, project, program, or activity conducted within the Heritage Area; (B) requires any property owner to permit public access (including access by Federal, State, or local agencies) to the property of the property owner, or to modify public access or use of property of the property owner under any other Federal, State, or local law; (C) alters any duly adopted land use regulation, approved land use plan, or other regulatory authority of any Federal, State or local agency, or conveys any land use or other regulatory authority to the management entity; (D) authorizes or implies the reservation or appropriation of water or water rights; (E) diminishes the authority of the State to manage fish and wildlife, including the regulation of fishing and hunting within the Heritage Area; or (F) creates any liability, or affects any liability under any other law, of any private property owner with respect to any person injured on the private property. (2) OPT OUT- An owner of private property within the Heritage Area may opt out of participating in any plan, project, program, or activity carried out within the Heritage Area under this Act, if the property owner provides written notice to the management entity. (i) Evaluation; Report- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 3 years before the date on which authority for Federal funding terminates for the Heritage Area, the Secretary shall-- (A) conduct an evaluation of the accomplishments of the Heritage Area; and (B) prepare a report in accordance with paragraph (3). (2) EVALUATION- An evaluation conducted under paragraph (1)(A) shall-- (A) assess the progress of the management entity with respect to-- (i) accomplishing the purposes of this Act for the Heritage Area; and (ii) achieving the goals and objectives of the approved Heritage Area management plan; (B) analyze the Federal, State, local, and private investments in the Heritage Area to determine the leverage and impact of the investments; and (C) review the management structure, partnership relationships, and funding of the Heritage Area for purposes of identifying the critical components for sustainability of the Heritage Area. (3) REPORT- (A) IN GENERAL- Based on the evaluation conducted under paragraph (1)(A), the Secretary shall prepare a report that includes recommendations for the future role of the National Park Service, if any, with respect to the Heritage Area. (B) REQUIRED ANALYSIS- If the report prepared under subparagraph (A) recommends that Federal funding for the Heritage Area be reauthorized, the report shall include an analysis of-- (i) ways in which Federal funding for the Heritage Area may be reduced or eliminated; and (ii) the appropriate time period necessary to achieve the recommended reduction or elimination. (C) SUBMISSION TO CONGRESS- On completion of the report, the Secretary shall submit the report to-- (i) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and (ii) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives. (j) Effect of Designation- Nothing in this Act-- (1) precludes the management entity from using Federal funds made available under other laws for the purposes for which those funds were authorized; or (2) affects any water rights or contracts. SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. (a) In General- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $10,000,000, of which not more than $1,000,000 may be made available for any fiscal year. (b) Cost-Sharing Requirement- The Federal share of the total cost of any activity under this Act shall be determined by the Secretary, but shall be not more than 50 percent. (c) Non-Federal Share- The non-Federal share of the total cost of any activity under this Act may be in the form of in-kind contributions of goods or services. SEC. 5. TERMINATION OF AUTHORITY. (a) In General- If a proposed Heritage Area management plan has not been submitted to the Secretary by the date that is 5 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Heritage Area designation shall be rescinded. (b) Funding Authority- The authority of the Secretary to provide assistance under this Act terminates on the date that is 15 years after the date of enactment of this Act.
S.225 Feb-04-13
STATUS: February 4, 2013.--Introduced. April 23, 2013.-- Hearing by subcommittee on National Parks. (9) S.Hrg. 113-27 May 16, 2013.--Full committee business meeting; ordered reported without amendment favorably. (voice vote) June 27, 2013.-- Reported to the Senate without amendment. S. Rept. No. 113-53. June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 107]. S.225 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 225 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 225 To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of alternatives for commemorating and interpreting the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Parks, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 4, 2013 Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself and Mrs. BOXER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of alternatives for commemorating and interpreting the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Parks, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act'. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. (a) Findings- The Congress finds the following: (1) In the late 19th century and early 20th century, African-American troops who came to be known as the Buffalo Soldiers served in many critical roles in the western United States, including protecting some of the first National Parks. (2) Based at the Presidio in San Francisco, Buffalo Soldiers were assigned to Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks where they patrolled the backcountry, built trails, stopped poaching, and otherwise served in the roles later assumed by National Park rangers. (3) The public would benefit from having opportunities to learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks and their contributions to the management of National Parks and the legacy of African-Americans in the post-Civil War era. (4) As the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 approaches, it is an especially appropriate time to conduct research and increase public awareness of the stewardship role the Buffalo Soldiers played in the early years of the National Parks. (b) Purpose- The purpose of this Act is to authorize a study to determine the most effective ways to increase understanding and public awareness of the critical role that the Buffalo Soldiers played in the early years of the National Parks. SEC. 3. STUDY. (a) In General- The Secretary of the Interior shall conduct a study of alternatives for commemorating and interpreting the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Parks. (b) Contents of Study- The study shall include-- (1) a historical assessment, based on extensive research, of the Buffalo Soldiers who served in National Parks in the years prior to the establishment of the National Park Service; (2) an evaluation of the suitability and feasibility of establishing a national historic trail commemorating the route traveled by the Buffalo Soldiers from their post in the Presidio of San Francisco to Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks and to any other National Parks where they may have served; (3) the identification of properties that could meet criteria for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or criteria for designation as National Historic Landmarks; (4) an evaluation of appropriate ways to enhance historical research, education, interpretation, and public awareness of the story of the Buffalo Soldiers' stewardship role in the National Parks, including ways to link the story to the development of National Parks and the story of African-American military service following the Civil War; and (5) any other matters that the Secretary of the Interior deems appropriate for this study. (c) Report- Not later than 3 years after funds are made available for the study, the Secretary of the Interior shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report containing the study's findings and recommendations.
S.222 Feb-25-13
STATUS: February 4, 2013.--Introduced March 14, 2013.--Full committee business meeting ordered reported without an amendment. (14-4) April 22, 2013.--Reported to the Senate without amendment. S. Rept. 113-20 April 22, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 51] S.222 To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation... (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 222 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 222 To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation projects and acid mine remediation programs. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES February 4, 2013 Mr. UDALL of New Mexico (for himself, Mr. HEINRICH, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, and Mr. BENNET) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation projects and acid mine remediation programs. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. ABANDONED MINE RECLAMATION. (a) Reclamation Fee- Section 402(g)(6)(A) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1232(g)(6)(A)) is amended by inserting `and section 411(h)(1)' after `paragraphs (1) and (5)'. (b) Filling Voids and Sealing Tunnels- Section 409(b) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1239(b)) is amended by inserting `and section 411(h)(1)' after `section 402(g)'. (c) Use of Funds- Section 411(h)(1)(D)(ii) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1240a(h)(1)(D)(ii)) is amended by striking `section 403' and inserting `section 402(g)(6), 403, or 409'.
S.219 Feb-04-13
STATUS: February 4, 2013.--Introduced. April 23, 2013.--Hearing by Subcommittee on National Parks. (9) S.Hrg. 113-27 S.219 Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 219 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 219 To establish the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area in the State of Pennsylvania, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 4, 2013 Mr. CASEY introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area in the State of Pennsylvania, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) HERITAGE AREA- The term `Heritage Area' means the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area established by section 3(a). (2) LOCAL COORDINATING ENTITY- The term `local coordinating entity' means the local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area designated by section 4(a). (3) MANAGEMENT PLAN- The term `management plan' means the plan developed by the local coordinating entity under section 5(a). (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (5) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Pennsylvania. SEC. 3. SUSQUEHANNA GATEWAY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA. (a) Establishment- There is established the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area in the State. (b) Boundaries- The Heritage Area shall include Lancaster and York Counties, Pennsylvania. SEC. 4. DESIGNATION OF LOCAL COORDINATING ENTITY. (a) Local Coordinating Entity- The Susquehanna Heritage Corporation, a nonprofit organization established under the laws of the State, shall be the local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area. (b) Authorities of Local Coordinating Entity- The local coordinating entity may, for purposes of preparing and implementing the management plan, use Federal funds made available under this Act-- (1) to prepare reports, studies, interpretive exhibits and programs, historic preservation projects, and other activities recommended in the management plan for the Heritage Area; (2) to make grants to the State, political subdivisions of the State, nonprofit organizations, and other persons; (3) to enter into cooperative agreements with the State, political subdivisions of the State, nonprofit organizations, and other organizations; (4) to hire and compensate staff; (5) to obtain funds or services from any source, including funds and services provided under any other Federal program or law; and (6) to contract for goods and services. (c) Duties of Local Coordinating Entity- To further the purposes of the Heritage Area, the local coordinating entity shall-- (1) prepare a management plan for the Heritage Area in accordance with section 5; (2) give priority to the implementation of actions, goals, and strategies set forth in the management plan, including assisting units of government and other persons in-- (A) carrying out programs and projects that recognize and protect important resource values in the Heritage Area; (B) encouraging economic viability in the Heritage Area in accordance with the goals of the management plan; (C) establishing and maintaining interpretive exhibits in the Heritage Area; (D) developing heritage-based recreational and educational opportunities for residents and visitors in the Heritage Area; (E) increasing public awareness of and appreciation for the natural, historic, and cultural resources of the Heritage Area; (F) restoring historic buildings that are-- (i) located in the Heritage Area; and (ii) related to the themes of the Heritage Area; and (G) installing throughout the Heritage Area clear, consistent, and appropriate signs identifying public access points and sites of interest; (3) consider the interests of diverse units of government, businesses, tourism officials, private property owners, and nonprofit groups within the Heritage Area in developing and implementing the management plan; (4) conduct public meetings at least semiannually regarding the development and implementation of the management plan; and (5) for any fiscal year for which Federal funds are received under this Act-- (A) submit to the Secretary an annual report that describes-- (i) the accomplishments of the local coordinating entity; (ii) the expenses and income of the local coordinating entity; and (iii) the entities to which the local coordinating entity made any grants; (B) make available for audit all records relating to the expenditure of the Federal funds and any matching funds; and (C) require, with respect to all agreements authorizing the expenditure of Federal funds by other organizations, that the receiving organizations make available for audit all records relating to the expenditure of the Federal funds. (d) Prohibition on Acquisition of Real Property- (1) IN GENERAL- The local coordinating entity shall not use Federal funds received under this Act to acquire real property or any interest in real property. (2) OTHER SOURCES- Nothing in this Act precludes the local coordinating entity from using Federal funds from other sources for authorized purposes, including the acquisition of real property or any interest in real property. SEC. 5. MANAGEMENT PLAN. (a) In General- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available to carry out this Act, the local coordinating entity shall prepare and submit to the Secretary a management plan for the Heritage Area. (b) Contents- The management plan for the Heritage Area shall-- (1) include comprehensive policies, strategies, and recommendations for the conservation, funding, management, and development of the Heritage Area; (2) take into consideration existing State, county, and local plans; (3) specify the existing and potential sources of funding to protect, manage, and develop the Heritage Area; (4) include an inventory of the natural, historic, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area relating to the themes of the Heritage Area that should be preserved, restored, managed, developed, or maintained; and (5) include an analysis of, and recommendations for, ways in which Federal, State, and local programs, may best be coordinated to further the purposes of this Act, including recommendations for the role of the National Park Service in the Heritage Area. (c) Disqualification From Funding- If a proposed management plan is not submitted to the Secretary by the date that is 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available to carry out this Act, the local coordinating entity may not receive additional funding under this Act until the date on which the Secretary receives the proposed management plan. (d) Approval and Disapproval of Management Plan- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date on which the local coordinating entity submits the management plan to the Secretary, the Secretary shall approve or disapprove the proposed management plan. (2) CONSIDERATIONS- In determining whether to approve or disapprove the management plan, the Secretary shall consider whether-- (A) the local coordinating entity is representative of the diverse interests of the Heritage Area, including governments, natural and historic resource protection organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and recreational organizations; (B) the local coordinating entity has provided adequate opportunities (including public meetings) for public and governmental involvement in the preparation of the management plan; (C) the resource protection and interpretation strategies contained in the management plan, if implemented, would adequately protect the natural, historic, and cultural resources of the Heritage Area; and (D) the management plan is supported by the appropriate State and local officials, the cooperation of which is needed to ensure the effective implementation of the State and local aspects of the management plan. (3) DISAPPROVAL AND REVISIONS- (A) IN GENERAL- If the Secretary disapproves a proposed management plan, the Secretary shall-- (i) advise the local coordinating entity, in writing, of the reasons for the disapproval; and (ii) make recommendations for revision of the proposed management plan. (B) APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL- The Secretary shall approve or disapprove a revised management plan not later than 180 days after the date on which the revised management plan is submitted. (e) Approval of Amendments- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall review and approve or disapprove substantial amendments to the management plan in accordance with subsection (d). (2) FUNDING- Funds appropriated under this Act may not be expended to implement any changes made by an amendment to the management plan until the Secretary approves the amendment. SEC. 6. RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. (a) In General- Nothing in this Act affects the authority of a Federal agency to provide technical or financial assistance under any other law. (b) Consultation and Coordination- The head of any Federal agency planning to conduct activities that may have an impact on the Heritage Area is encouraged to consult and coordinate the activities with the Secretary and the local coordinating entity to the extent practicable. (c) Other Federal Agencies- Nothing in this Act-- (1) modifies, alters, or amends any law or regulation authorizing a Federal agency to manage Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Federal agency; (2) limits the discretion of a Federal land manager to implement an approved land use plan within the boundaries of the Heritage Area; or (3) modifies, alters, or amends any authorized use of Federal land under the jurisdiction of a Federal agency. SEC. 7. PRIVATE PROPERTY AND REGULATORY PROTECTIONS. Nothing in this Act-- (1) abridges the rights of any property owner (whether public or private), including the right to refrain from participating in any plan, project, program, or activity conducted within the Heritage Area; (2) requires any property owner to permit public access (including access by Federal, State, or local agencies) to the property of the property owner, or to modify public access or use of property of the property owner under any other Federal, State, or local law; (3) alters any duly adopted land use regulation, approved land use plan, or other regulatory authority of any Federal, State, or local agency, or conveys any land use or other regulatory authority to the local coordinating entity; (4) authorizes or implies the reservation or appropriation of water or water rights; (5) diminishes the authority of the State to manage fish and wildlife, including the regulation of fishing and hunting within the Heritage Area; or (6) creates any liability, or affects any liability under any other law, of any private property owner with respect to any person injured on the private property. SEC. 8. EVALUATION; REPORT. (a) In General- Not later than 3 years before the date on which authority for Federal funding terminates for the Heritage Area, the Secretary shall-- (1) conduct an evaluation of the accomplishments of the Heritage Area; and (2) prepare a report in accordance with subsection (c). (b) Evaluation- An evaluation conducted under subsection (a)(1) shall-- (1) assess the progress of the local coordinating entity with respect to-- (A) accomplishing the purposes of this Act for the Heritage Area; and (B) achieving the goals and objectives of the approved management plan for the Heritage Area; (2) analyze the Federal, State, local, and private investments in the Heritage Area to determine the leverage and impact of the investments; and (3) review the management structure, partnership relationships, and funding of the Heritage Area for purposes of identifying the critical components for sustainability of the Heritage Area. (c) Report- (1) IN GENERAL- Based on the evaluation conducted under subsection (a)(1), the Secretary shall prepare a report that includes recommendations for the future role of the National Park Service, if any, with respect to the Heritage Area. (2) REQUIRED ANALYSIS- If the report prepared under paragraph (1) recommends that Federal funding for the Heritage Area be reauthorized, the report shall include an analysis of-- (A) ways in which Federal funding for the Heritage Area may be reduced or eliminated; and (B) the appropriate time period necessary to achieve the recommended reduction or elimination. (3) SUBMISSION TO CONGRESS- On completion of the report, the Secretary shall submit the report to-- (A) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and (B) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives. SEC. 9. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. (a) In General- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $10,000,000, of which not more than $1,000,000 may be authorized to be appropriated for any fiscal year. (b) Cost-Sharing Requirement- The Federal share of the cost of any activity carried out using funds made available under this Act shall be not more than 50 percent. SEC. 10. TERMINATION OF AUTHORITY. The authority of the Secretary to provide financial assistance under this Act terminates on the date that is 15 years after the date of enactment of this Act.