H. R. 1694
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 24, 2009
Mr. Holt (for himself, Mr. Blumenauer, Mr. Langevin, Mr. Rothman of New Jersey, Mr. Dingell, Mr. Hinchey, Mr. Patrick J. Murphy of Pennsylvania, Mr. Welch, Mr. Maffei, Mr. Israel, Mr. Cummings, and Mr. Payne) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To amend the American Battlefield Protection Act of 1996 to establish a battlefield acquisition grant program for the acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Battlefield Protection Act.
Battlefield Acquisition Grant Program for battlefields of the Revolutionary War and War of 1812
The American Battlefield Protection Act of 1996 (section 604 of division I of Public Law 104–333; 16 U.S.C. 469k) is amended—
by redesignating subsection (e) as subsection (f); and
by inserting after subsection (d) the following new subsection:
Battlefield acquisition grant program for battlefields of the revolutionary war and war of 1812
In this subsection:
The term battlefield report means the document entitled
Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States, prepared by the National Park Service, and dated September 2007.
The term eligible entity means a State or local government.
The term eligible site means a site that—
is not within the exterior boundaries of a unit of the National Park System; and
is identified in the battlefield report.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the American Battlefield Protection Program.
The Secretary shall establish a battlefield acquisition grant program for nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 under which the Secretary may make grants to eligible entities to pay the Federal share of the cost of acquiring fee-simple or lesser interests from willing sellers in eligible sites for the preservation and protection of those eligible sites.
An eligible entity may acquire an interest in an eligible site using a grant under this subsection in partnership with a nonprofit organization.
The non-Federal share of the total cost of acquiring an interest in an eligible site under this subsection shall be not less than 50 percent.
Limitations on land use
An interest in an eligible site acquired under this subsection shall be subject to section 6(f)(3) of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. 4601–8(f)(3)).
Not later than 5 years after the date of the enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the activities carried out under this subsection.
Update on battlefield report
Not later than 3 years after the date of the enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report that updates the battlefield report to reflect—
preservation activities carried out at the 677 battlefields and associated sites identified in the battlefield report during the period between publication of the battlefield report and the update;
changes in the condition of the battlefields and associated sites during that period; and
any other relevant developments relating to the battlefields and associated sites during that period.
Authorizations of appropriations
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary from the Land and Water Conservation Fund to provide grants under this subsection $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2010 through 2014.
Update of battlefield report
There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to carry out paragraph (6)(B), $500,000.
References to other battlefield acquisition program
Subsection (d) of the American Battlefield Protection Act of 1996, as added by section 3 of Civil War Battlefield Preservation Act of 2002 (Public Law 107–359; 116 Stat. 3016), is amended—
in the subsection heading, by striking
Battlefield Acquisition Grant Program and inserting
Battlefield Acquisition Grant Program for Battlefields of the Civil War; and
in paragraph (2), by striking
grant program and inserting
grant program for battlefields of the Civil War; and
Termination of authority
Subsection (f) of the American Battlefield Protection Act of 1996, as redesignated by subsection (a)(1), is amended—
in the subsection heading, by striking
Repeal and inserting
in paragraph (1), by striking
is repealed and inserting