H.R. 3645 (104th): National Environmental Education Amendments Act of 1996

104th Congress, 1995–1996. Text as of Jun 13, 1996 (Introduced).

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HR 3645 IH

104th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 3645

To amend the National Environmental Education Act to extend the programs under the Act, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 13, 1996

Mr. KLUG (for himself, Mr. WALSH, Mr. BARTON of Texas, Mr. PALLONE, and Mr. PETE GEREN of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Economic and Educational Opportunities


A BILL

To amend the National Environmental Education Act to extend the programs under the Act, 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 ‘National Environmental Education Amendments Act of 1996’.

SEC. 2. OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION.

    Section 4 of the National Environmental Education Act (20 U.S.C. 5503) is amended--

      (1) in subsection (b)--

        (A) in paragraph (1) by inserting after ‘support’ the following: ‘balanced and scientifically sound’;

        (B) by striking paragraph (6);

        (C) by redesignating paragraphs (7) through (13) as paragraphs (6) through (12), respectively; and

        (D) in paragraph (12) (as so redesignated), by inserting before the period the following: ‘through the headquarters and the regional offices of the Agency’; and

      (2) by striking subsection (c) and inserting the following:

    ‘(c) STAFF- The Office of Environmental Education shall--

      ‘(1) include a headquarters staff of not more than 10 full-time equivalent employees; and

      ‘(2) be supported by 1 full-time equivalent employee in each Agency regional office.

    ‘(d) ACTIVITIES- The Administrator may carry out the activities specified in subsection (b) directly or through awards of grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts.’.

SEC. 3. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION GRANTS.

    Section 6 of the National Environmental Education Act (20 U.S.C. 5505) is amended--

      (1) in the second sentence of subsection (i), by striking ‘25 percent’ and inserting ‘15 percent’; and

      (2) by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(j) LOBBYING ACTIVITIES- A grant under this section may not be used to fund a lobbying activity (as described in the documents issued by the Office of Management and Budget and designated as OMB Circulars No. A-21 and No. A-122).’.

SEC. 4. ENVIRONMENTAL INTERNSHIPS AND FELLOWSHIPS.

    (a) IN GENERAL- The National Environmental Education Act is amended--

      (1) by striking section 7 (20 U.S.C. 5506); and

      (2) by redesignating sections 8 through 11 (20 U.S.C. 5507 through 5510) as sections 7 through 10, respectively.

    (b) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- The National Environmental Education Act is amended--

      (1) in the table of contents in section 1(b) (20 U.S.C. prec. 5501)--

        (A) by striking the item relating to section 7; and

        (B) by redesignating the to sections 8 through 11 as items relating to sections 7 through 10, respectively;

      (2) in section 4(b) (20 U.S.C. 5503(b))--

        (A) in paragraph (6) (as redesignated by section 2(1)(C)), by striking ‘section 8 of this Act’ and inserting ‘section 7’; and

        (B) in paragraph (7) (as so redesignated), by striking ‘section 9 of this Act’ and inserting ‘section 8’;

      (3) in section 6(c)(3) (20 U.S.C. 5505(c)(3)), by striking ‘section 9(d) of this Act’ and inserting ‘section 8(d)’;

      (4) in the matter preceding subsection (c)(3)(A) of section 9 (as redesignated by subsection (a)(2)), by striking ‘section 10(a) of this Act’ and inserting ‘subsection (a)’; and

      (5) in subsection (c)(2) of section 10 (as redesignated by subsection (a)(2)), by striking ‘section 10(d) of this Act’ and inserting ‘section 9(d)’.

SEC. 5. NATIONAL EDUCATION AWARDS.

    Section 7 of the National Environmental Education Act (as redesignated by section 4(a)(2)) is amended to read as follows:

‘SEC. 7. NATIONAL EDUCATION AWARDS.

    ‘The Administrator may provide for awards to be known as the ‘President’s Environmental Youth Awards’ to be given to young people in grades kindergarten through 12 for outstanding projects to promote local environmental awareness.’.

SEC. 6. ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION ADVISORY COUNCIL AND TASK FORCE.

    Section 8 of the National Environmental Education Act (as redesignated by section 4(a)(2)) is amended--

      (1) in subsection (b)(2), by striking the first and second sentences and inserting the following: ‘The Advisory Council shall consist of not more than 11 members appointed by the Administrator after consultation with the Secretary. To the extent practicable, the Administrator shall appoint to the Advisory Council at least 1 representative from each of the following sectors: primary and secondary education; colleges and universities; not-for-profit organizations involved in environmental education; State departments of education and natural resources; business and industry; and senior Americans.’;

      (2) in subsection (c), by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following:

      ‘(2) MEMBERSHIP- Membership on the Task Force shall be open to representatives of any Federal agency actively engaged in environmental education.’; and

      (3) in subsection (d), by striking paragraph (1) and inserting the following:

      ‘(1) BIENNIAL MEETINGS- The Advisory Council shall hold a biennial meeting on timely issues regarding environmental education and issue a report and recommendations on the proceedings of the meeting.’.

SEC. 7. NATIONAL ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION AND TRAINING FOUNDATION.

    (a) CHANGE IN NAME-

      (1) IN GENERAL- The first sentence of subsection (a)(1)(A) of section 9 of the National Environmental Education Act (as redesignated by section 4(a)(2)) is amended by striking ‘National Environmental Education and Training Foundation’ and inserting ‘Foundation for Environmental Education’.

      (2) CONFORMING AMENDMENTS- The National Environmental Education Act (20 U.S.C. 5501 et seq.) is amended--

        (A) in the item relating to section 9 (as redesignated by section 4(b)(1)(B)) of the table of contents in section 1(b) (20 U.S.C. prec. 5501), by striking ‘National Environmental Education

Training Foundation’ and inserting ‘Foundation for Environmental Education’;

        (B) in section 3 (20 U.S.C. 5502)--

          (i) by striking paragraph (12) and inserting the following:

      ‘(12) FOUNDATION- ‘Foundation’ means the Foundation for Environmental Education established by section 9; and’; and

          (ii) in paragraph (13), by striking ‘National Environmental Education and Training Foundation’ and inserting ‘Foundation for Environmental Education’;

        (C) in the heading of section 9 (as redesignated by section 4(a)(2)), by striking ‘national environmental education and training foundation’ and inserting ‘foundation for environmental education’; and

        (D) in subsection (c) of section 10 (as redesignated by section 4(a)(2)), by striking ‘National Environmental Education and Training Foundation’ and inserting ‘Foundation for Environmental Education’.

    (b) BOARD OF DIRECTORS; NUMBER OF DIRECTORS- The first sentence of subsection (b)(1)(A) of section 9 of the National Environmental Education Act (as redesignated by section 4(a)(2)) is amended by striking ‘13’ and inserting ‘19’.

    (c) CONDITIONS OF DONATIONS- Section 9 of the National Environmental Education Act (as redesignated by section 4(a)(2)) is amended in subsection (d) by striking paragraph (3).

SEC. 8. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    Section 10 of the National Environmental Education Act (as redesignated by section 4(a)(2)) is amended by striking subsections (a) and (b) and inserting the following:

    ‘(a) IN GENERAL- There are authorized to be appropriated to the Environmental Protection Agency to carry out this Act--

      ‘(1) $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002; and

      ‘(2) such sums as are necessary for each of fiscal years 2003 through 2007.

    ‘(b) LIMITATIONS-

      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), of the amounts appropriated under subsection (a) for a fiscal year--

        ‘(A) not more than 25 percent may be used for the activities of the Office of Environmental Education;

        ‘(B) not more than 25 percent may be used for the operation of the environmental education and training program;

        ‘(C) not less than 40 percent shall be used for environmental education grants; and

        ‘(D) 10 percent shall be used for the Foundation for Environmental Education.

      ‘(2) ADMINISTRATIVE EXPENSES- Of the amounts made available under paragraph (1) for a fiscal year for the activities of the Office of Environmental Education, not more than 25 percent may be used for administrative expenses.’.

SEC. 9. EFFECTIVE DATE.

    The amendments made by this Act shall take effect as of the later of--

      (1) October 1, 1996; or

      (2) the date of enactment of this Act.