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Text of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act Amendments of 1997

This bill was introduced on November 8, 1997, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Nov 8, 1997 (Introduced).

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HR 2958 IH

105th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2958

To reauthorize the Delaware and Lehigh Navigation Canal National Heritage Corridor Act, and for other purposes.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 8, 1997

Mr. MCHALE introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources


A BILL

To reauthorize the Delaware and Lehigh Navigation Canal National Heritage Corridor 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 ‘Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act Amendments of 1997’.

SEC. 2. NAME CHANGE.

    The Delaware and Lehigh Navigation Canal National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (Public Law 200-692; 102 Stat. 4552) is amended by striking ‘Delaware and Lehigh Navigation Canal National Heritage Corridor’ each place it appears (except section 4(a)) and inserting ‘Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor’.

SEC. 3. PURPOSE.

    Section 3(b) of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-692; 102 Stat. 4552) is amended--

      (1) by inserting after ‘subdivisions’ the following: ‘in enhancing economic development within the context of preservation and’; and

      (2) by striking ‘and surrounding the Delaware and Lehigh Navigation Canal in the Commonwealth’ and inserting ‘the Corridor’.

SEC. 4. CORRIDOR COMMISSION.

    (a) MEMBERSHIP- Section 5(b) of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-692; 102 Stat. 4553) is amended--

      (1) in the matter preceding paragraph (1), by striking ‘appointed not later than 6 months after the date of enactment of this Act’;

      (2) by striking paragraph (2) and inserting the following:

      ‘(2) 3 individuals, of whom--

        ‘(A) 1 shall be the Director of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources;

        ‘(B) 1 shall be the Director of the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development; and

        ‘(C) 1 shall be the Chairperson of the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission.’;

      (3) in paragraph (3), by striking ‘recommendations from the Governor, of whom’ and all that follows through ‘Delaware Canal region’ and inserting the following: ‘nominations from the Governor, of whom--

        ‘(A) 1 shall represent a city, 1 shall represent a borough and 1 shall represent a township; and

        ‘(B) 1 shall represent each of the 5 counties of Luzerne, Carbon, Lehigh, Northampton, and Bucks in Pennsylvania’; and

      (4) in paragraph (4)--

        (A) by striking ‘8 individuals’ and inserting ‘9 individuals’; and

        (B) by striking ‘recommendations from the Governor, who shall have’ and all that follows through ‘Canal region. A vacancy’ and inserting the following: ‘nominations from the Governor, of whom--

        ‘(A) 3 shall represent the northern region of the Corridor;

        ‘(B) 3 shall represent the middle region of the Corridor; and

        ‘(C) 3 shall represent the southern region of the Corridor.

    A vacancy’.

    (b) TERMS- Section 5 of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-692; 102 Stat. 4553) is amended by striking subsection (c) and inserting the following:

    ‘(c) TERMS- The following provisions shall apply to a member of the Commission appointed under paragraph (3) or (4) of subsection (b):

      ‘(1) LENGTH OF TERM- The member shall serve for a term of 3 years.

      ‘(2) CARRYOVER- The member shall serve until a successor is appointed by the Secretary.

      ‘(3) REPLACEMENT- If the member resigns or is unable to serve due to incapacity or death, the Secretary shall appoint, not later than 60 days after receiving a nomination of the appointment from the Governor, a new member to serve for the remainder of the term.

      ‘(4) TERM LIMITS- A member may serve for not more than 2 full terms starting after the date of enactment of this paragraph.’

    (c) CONFIRMATION- Section 5 of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-692; 102 Stat. 4553) is amended by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(h) CONFIRMATION- The Secretary shall accept or reject an appointment under paragraph (3) or (4) of subsection (b) not later than 60 days after receiving a nomination of the appointment from the Governor.’.

SEC. 5. POWERS OF THE COMMISSION.

    (a) CONVEYANCE OF REAL ESTATE- Section 7(g)(3) of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-692; 102 Stat. 4555) is amended in the first sentence by inserting ‘or nonprofit organization’ after ‘appropriate public agency’.

    (b) COOPERATIVE AGREEMENTS- Section 7(h) of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-692; 102 Stat. 4555) is amended--

      (1) in the first sentence, by inserting ‘any non-profit organization,’ after ‘subdivision of the Commonwealth,’; and

      (2) in the second sentence, by inserting ‘such nonprofit organization,’ after ‘such political subdivision,’.

      (e) GRANTS AND LOANS- Section 7 of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-692; 102 Stat. 4554) is amended--

      (1) by redesignating subsection (i) as subsection (j); and

      (2) by inserting after subsection (h) the following;

    ‘(i) GRANTS AND LOANS- The Commission may administer any grant or loan from amounts--

      ‘(1) appropriated to the Commission for the purpose of providing a grant or loan; or

      ‘(2) donated or otherwise made available to the Commission for the purpose of providing a grant or loan.’.

SEC. 6. DUTIES OF THE COMMISSION.

    Section 8(b) of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-692; 102 Stat. 4556) is amended in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by inserting ‘, cultural, natural, recreational, and secenic’ after ‘interpret the historic’.

SEC. 7. TERMINATION OF THE COMMISSION.

    Section 9(a) of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-692; 102 Stat. 4556) is amended by striking ‘5 years after the date of enactment of this Act’ and inserting ‘10 years after the date of enactment of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act Amendments of 1997’.

SEC. 8. DUTIES OF OTHER FEDERAL ENTITIES.

    Section 11 of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-692; 102 Stat. 4557) is amended in the matter preceding paragraph (1) by striking ‘the flow of the Canal or the natural’ and inserting ‘the historic, cultural, natural, recreational, or scenic’.

SEC. 9. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    (a) COMMISSION- Section 12(a) of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-692; 102 Stat. 4558) is amended by striking ‘$350,000’ and inserting ‘$650.000’.

    (b) MANAGEMENT ACTION PLAN- Section 12 of the Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-692; 102 Stat. 4558) is amended by adding at the end the following:

    ‘(c) MANAGEMENT ACTION PLAN-

      ‘(1) IN GENERAL- To implement the management action plan created by the Commission, there is authorized to be appropriated $1,000,000 for each of fiscal years 1998 through 2007.

      ‘(2) LIMITATION ON EXPENDITURES- Amounts made available under paragraph (1) shall not exceed 50 percent of the costs of implementing the management action plan.’

SEC. 10. LOCAL AUTHORITY AND PRIVATE PROPERTY.

    The Delaware and Lehigh National Heritage Corridor Act of 1988 (Public Law 100-692; 102 Stat. 4552) is amended--

      (1) by redesignating section 13 or section 14; and

      (2) by inserting after section 12 the following:

‘SEC. 13. LOCAL AUTHORITY AND PRIVATE PROPERTY.

    ‘The Commission shall not interfere with--

      ‘(1) the private property rights of any person; or

      ‘(2) any local zoning ordinance or land use plan of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any political subdivision of Pennsylvania.’.