IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
November 15, 2011
Mr. Menendez (for himself, Mr. Reid, Mr. Rubio, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mr. Schumer, Mr. Casey, Mr. Akaka, Mrs. Hagan, and Mr. Udall of New Mexico) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Rules and Administration
To establish within the Smithsonian Institution the Smithsonian American Latino Museum, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as
Smithsonian American Latino Museum
Establishment of museum
There is established within the Smithsonian Institution a museum to be known as the Smithsonian American Latino Museum.
Location and authorization
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.
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.
Schedule and funding
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.
The plan of action authorized in paragraph (1) shall be concluded not later than 18 months after the date of enactment of this Act.
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—
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
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.
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).