H.R. 3459 (112th): Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act

112th Congress, 2011–2013. Text as of Nov 17, 2011 (Introduced).

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112th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 3459

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

November 17, 2011

(for himself and Ms. Ros-Lehtinen) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on House Administration, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To establish within the Smithsonian Institution the Smithsonian American Latino Museum, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Smithsonian American Latino Museum Act.

2.

Establishment of museum

There is established within the Smithsonian Institution a museum to be known as the Smithsonian American Latino Museum.

3.

Location and authorization

(a)

Arts and Industries Building

The Arts and Industries Building of the Smithsonian Institution, located on the National Mall at 900 Jefferson Drive, Southwest, Washington, District of Columbia, including a new underground annex facility, is designated as the location of the Smithsonian American Latino Museum.

(b)

Planning and Construction

The Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior, the Commission of Fine Arts, and the National Capital Planning Commission, and with other appropriate Federal and local agencies, is authorized to prepare plans, design, renovate, rehabilitate, and construct the Smithsonian American Latino Museum facility, as referred to in the May 2011 Report to Congress of the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino.

(c)

Schedule and funding

(1)

In general

The Board of Regents is authorized to prepare a plan of action for the Smithsonian American Latino Museum, and to identify and evaluate viable funding models for both construction and operation of the Museum.

(2)

Timing

The plan of action authorized in paragraph (1) shall be concluded not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act.

4.

Agreement with Secretary of the interior

The Secretary of the Interior and the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution shall enter into an agreement that—

(1)

allows for the planning, design, and construction of the underground annex facility by the Board of Regents, in a manner harmonious with and to protect the open space and visual sightlines of the Mall; and

(2)

provides a timeline for the transfer of administrative jurisdiction, if necessary, of the appropriate subsurface area from the Secretary of the Interior to the Smithsonian Institution.

5.

Consideration of recommendations of commission

In carrying out its duties under this Act, the Board of Regents of the Smithsonian Institution shall take into consideration the reports and plans submitted by the Commission to Study the Potential Creation of a National Museum of the American Latino under section 333 of the Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (Public Law 110–229; 122 Stat. 784).