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Text of the American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act of 2012

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 10, 2012 but was never passed by the Senate. The text of the bill below is as of Sep 11, 2012 (Placed on Calendar in the Senate).

Source: GPO

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Calendar No. 505

112th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 2489

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 11, 2012

Received; read twice and placed on the calendar

AN ACT

To authorize the acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 under the American Battlefield Protection Program.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act of 2012.

2.

Revolutionary War and War of 1812 American battlefield protection

Section 7301(c) of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111–11) is amended as follows:

(1)

In paragraph (1)—

(A)

by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting the following:

(A)

Battlefield report

The term battlefield report means, collectively—

(i)

the report entitled ‘Report on the Nation’s Civil War Battlefields’, prepared by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission, and dated July 1993; and

(ii)

the report 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.

; and

(B)

in subparagraph (C)(ii), by striking Battlefield Report and inserting battlefield report.

(2)

In paragraph (2), by inserting eligible sites or after acquiring.

(3)

In paragraph (3), by inserting an eligible site or after acquire.

(4)

In paragraph (4), by inserting an eligible site or after acquiring.

(5)

In paragraph (5), by striking An and inserting An eligible site or an.

(6)

By redesignating paragraph (6) as paragraph (9).

(7)

By inserting after paragraph (5) the following new paragraphs:

(6)

Willing Sellers

Acquisition of land or interests in land under this subsection shall be from willing sellers only.

(7)

Report

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, including a description of—

(A)

preservation activities carried out at the battlefields and associated sites identified in the battlefield report during the period between publication of the battlefield report and the report required under this paragraph;

(B)

changes in the condition of the battlefields and associated sites during that period; and

(C)

any other relevant developments relating to the battlefields and associated sites during that period.

(8)

Prohibition on lobbying

(A)

In general

None of the funds provided pursuant to this section may be used for purposes of lobbying any person or entity regarding the implementation of this section or be granted, awarded, contracted, or otherwise be made available to any person, organization, or entity that participates in such lobbying.

(B)

Lobbying defined

For purposes of this paragraph, the term lobbying means to directly or indirectly pay for any personal service, advertisement, telegram, telephone call, letter, printed or written matter, or other device intended or designed to influence in any manner a Member of Congress, a jurisdiction, or an official of any government to favor, adopt, or oppose by vote or otherwise, any legislation, law, ratification, policy, land use plan (including zoning), or appropriation of funds before or after the introduction of any bill, resolution, or other measure proposing such legislation, law, ratification, policy, or appropriation.

.

(8)

In paragraph (9) (as redesignated by paragraph (6)), by striking 2013 and inserting 2017.

Passed the House of Representatives September 10, 2012.

Karen L. Haas,

Clerk

September 11, 2012

Received; read twice and placed on the calendar