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Text of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act

This bill was introduced on June 7, 2012, in a previous session of Congress, but was not enacted. The text of the bill below is as of Oct 5, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3100

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 5, 2011

(for himself, Mr. Smith of Texas, Mr. Cuellar, and Mr. Gonzalez) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to expand the boundary of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, to conduct a study of potential land acquisitions, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Boundary Expansion Act.

2.

Findings

Congress finds that—

(1)

the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is important to understanding the history and development of the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, the State of Texas, and the United States;

(2)

understanding the connection between the San Antonio River and the San Antonio Missions is critical to understanding mission life in colonial Texas; and

(3)

the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park enjoys the strong support of the City of San Antonio, Bexar County, and their citizens and businesses.

3.

Boundary study

Section 201 of Public Law 95–629 (16 U.S.C. 410ee) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsections (b), (c), (d), (e), and (f) as subsections (c), (e), (f), (g), and (h) respectively; and

(2)

by inserting after subsection (a) the following new subsection:

(b)
(1)

The Secretary shall—

(A)

conduct a study of lands within Bexar and Wilson Counties, Texas, to identify lands that would be suitable for inclusion within the boundaries of the park;

(B)

in conducting the study, examine the natural, cultural, recreational, and scenic values and characteristics of lands within Bexar and Wilson Counties;

(C)

examine and include in the study an estimate of the costs the Federal Government is expected to incur, such as estimates of funding needed to acquire additional land, and the amount of additional funding that the Secretary anticipates will be needed to operate the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park should the land identified in the study be acquired; and

(D)

examine and denote in the study those lands in Bexar and Wilson Counties, Texas, that the Secretary has good reason to believe could be acquired by donation.

(2)

Not later than 3 years after the date funds are made available for the study under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report on the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the study.

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4.

Boundary expansion

Section 201(a) of Public Law 95–629 (16 U.S.C. 410ee(a)) is amended—

(1)

by striking In order and inserting (1) In order;

(2)

by striking The park shall also and inserting (2) The park shall also;

(3)

by striking After advising the and inserting (4) After advising the;

(4)

by inserting after paragraph (2) (as so designated by paragraph (2) above) the following:

(3)

The boundary of the park is further modified to include approximately 151 acres, as depicted on the map titled San Antonio Missions National Historical Park Proposed Boundary Addition 2009, numbered 472/468,027, and dated November 2009. The map shall be on file and available for inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior. The Secretary of the Interior may not use condemnation authority to acquire any lands or interests in lands under this Act.

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