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S. 1346 (109th): Michigan Lighthouse and Maritime Heritage Act

The text of the bill below is as of Dec 11, 2006 (Passed Congress).


One Hundred Ninth Congress

of the

United States of America


Begun and held at the City of Washington on Tuesday,

the third day of January, two thousand and six

An Act

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of maritime sites in the State of Michigan.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the `Michigan Lighthouse and Maritime Heritage Act'.


    In this Act:

      (1) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior.

      (2) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Michigan.


    (a) In General- The Secretary, in consultation with the State, the State Historic Preservation Officer, and other appropriate State and local public agencies and private organizations, shall conduct a special resource study of resources related to the maritime heritage of the State.

    (b) Purpose- The purpose of the study is to determine--

      (1) suitable and feasible options for the long-term protection of significant maritime heritage resources in the State; and

      (2) the manner in which the public can best learn about and experience the resources.

    (c) Requirements- In conducting the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall--

      (1) review Federal, State, and local maritime resource inventories and studies to establish the potential for interpretation and preservation of maritime heritage resources in the State;

      (2) recommend management alternatives that would be most effective for long-term resource protection and providing for public enjoyment of maritime heritage resources;

      (3) address how to assist regional, State, and local partners in increasing public awareness of and access to maritime heritage resources;

      (4) identify sources of financial and technical assistance available to communities for the preservation and interpretation of maritime heritage resources; and

      (5) identify opportunities for the National Park Service and the State to coordinate the activities of appropriate units of national, State, and local parks and historic sites in furthering the preservation and interpretation of maritime heritage resources.

    (d) Report- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Resources of the House of Representatives a report that describes--

      (1) the results of the study; and

      (2) any findings and recommendations of the Secretary.


    There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this Act.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate.