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S. 986 (103rd): Corinth, Mississippi, Battlefield Act of 1993

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 5, 1994 (Passed the House with an Amendment).


S 986 EAH

In the House of Representatives, U. S.,

October 5, 1994.

Resolved, That the bill from the Senate (S. 986) entitle ‘An Act to provide for an interpretive center at the Civil War Battlefield of Corinth, Mississippi, and for other purposes’, do pass wtih the following

AMENDMENT:

Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert:

TITLE I--CIVIL WAR BATTLEFIELD OF CORINTH, MISSISSIPPI

SEC. 101. SHORT TITLE.

    This title may be cited as the ‘Corinth, Mississippi, Battlefield Act of 1994’.

SEC. 102. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE.

    (a) FINDINGS- Congress finds that--

      (1) the 14 sites located in the vicinity of Corinth, Mississippi, that were designated as a National Historic Landmark by the Secretary of the Interior in 1991 represent nationally significant events in the Siege and Battle of Corinth during the Civil War; and

      (2) the Landmark sites should be preserved and interpreted for the benefit, inspiration, and education of the people of the United States.

    (b) PURPOSE- It is the purpose of this Act to provide for a center for the interpretation of the Siege and Battle of Corinth and other Civil War actions in the region and to enhance public understanding of the significance of the Corinth Campaign in the Civil War relative to the Western theater of operations, in cooperation with State or local governmental entities and private organizations and individuals.

SEC. 103. AUTHORIZATION FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF AN INTERPRETIVE CENTER.

    (a) AUTHORIZATION- The Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter in this title referred to as the ‘Secretary’) is authorized to provide for an interpretive center (hereinafter in this title referred to as the ‘center’) in the vicinity of the Corinth Battlefield in the State of Mississippi for the purpose of interpreting the 1862 Civil War Siege and Battle of Corinth.

    (b) PLAN AND DESIGN- (1) Within 18 months after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary, after consultation with the Governor of Mississippi and in cooperation with such other public, municipal, and private entities as may be necessary and appropriate, shall complete a plan and design for the center, including the following:

      (A) A detailed description of the design of the facility.

      (B) A description of the site.

      (C) The method of acquisition.

      (D) The estimated cost of acquisition, construction, operation and maintenance.

      (E) The manner and extent to which non-Federal entities shall participate in the acquisition, construction, operation, and maintenance of the center.

    (2) In the development of the plan and design for the center the Secretary shall take into consideration the battlefield protection plan prepared for the city of Corinth, Mississippi and the Siege and Battle of Corinth Task Force, and shall provide an opportunity for public comment.

    (3) Upon completion, the Secretary shall submit the plan to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.

    (c) IMPLEMENTATION- In order to implement the plan and design under subsection (b) of this section, the Secretary is authorized to acquire lands and interests in lands by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange for the construction of the center authorized in subsection (a), provided that such lands or interest therein shall only be acquired with the consent of the owner thereof. Federal funds to carry out this section may only be expended on a two-for-one matching basis with non-Federal funds, services, materials, or lands, fairly valued as determined by the Secretary, or any combination thereof.

    (d) AGREEMENT FOR THE OPERATION AND MAINTENANCE OF THE CENTER- Before undertaking the construction of the center, the Secretary shall enter into a binding agreement with a qualified non-Federal entity for conveyance by deed or lease from the Secretary of any structure or property acquired and developed as provided for by this Act. Any such agreement shall provide that--

      (1) the non-Federal entity agree to operate and maintain the center and make no major alteration of the structure or grounds without the express written authorization of the Secretary;

      (2) a plan of operations shall be submitted that is satisfactory to the Secretary;

      (3) the Secretary shall have access to documents relating to the operation and maintenance of the center;

      (4) the Secretary shall have the right of access to the center; and

      (5) the United States shall be held harmless from all events arising from the operation and maintenance of the center.

    (e) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS FOR TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE- The Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with the State of Mississippi, the city of Corinth, and other public or private entities to provide technical assistance with respect to the center.

SEC. 104. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    There is authorized to be appropriated not more than $6,000,000 to carry out this title.

TITLE II--STONES RIVER NATIONAL BATTLEFIELD

SEC. 201. EXPANSION OF BATTLEFIELD.

    Section 1(a) of the Act entitled ‘An Act to amend the boundaries of Stones River National Battlefield, Tennessee, and for other purposes’, approved December 23, 1987 (101 Stat. 1433; 16 U.S.C. 426n) is amended by striking ‘numbered 327/80,004B, and dated November 1991’ and inserting ‘, numbered 327/80,011, and dated May 1994’.

Attest:

Clerk.

103d CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 986

AMENDMENT