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H.R. 4988 (113th): Marine Access and State Transparency


The text of the bill below is as of Jun 26, 2014 (Introduced). The bill was not enacted into law.


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113th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 4988

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 26, 2014

(for himself and Mr. Young of Alaska) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To amend the Act popularly known as the Antiquities Act of 1906 to provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for declaration of marine national monuments, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Marine Access and State Transparency or the MAST Act .

2.

Designation of national monuments

The Act of June 8, 1906 ( 16 U.S.C. 431 et seq. ), popularly known as the Antiquities Act of 1906 , is amended—

(1)

in section 2 ( 16 U.S.C. 431 )

(A)

by striking Sec. 2. That the and inserting the following:

2.

Designation of national monuments

(a)

In general

After obtaining congressional approval of the proposed national monument and certifying compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 ( 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq. ) with respect to the proposed national monument, the

; and

(B)

in subsection (a) (as designated by the amendment made by paragraph (1)), by inserting subject to subsection (b), after is hereby authorized,; and

(C)

by adding at the end the following:

(b)

Requirements for declaration of marine national monuments

(1)

Requirements

The President may not declare any area of the exclusive economic zone to be a national monument unless—

(A)

such declaration is specifically authorized by an Act of Congress;

(B)

the President has submitted a proposal to make such declaration to the Governor of each State, and of each territory, any part of which is located within 100 nautical miles of that area;

(C)

each such Governor submits to the President notice that the legislature of that State or territory has approved the proposal; and

(D)

the declaration is substantially the same as the proposal.

(2)

Exclusive economic zone defined

In this subsection the term exclusive economic zone means the zone established by Proclamation Numbered 5030, dated March 10, 1983.

; and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

5.

Restrictions on public use

The Secretary of the Interior, and the Secretary of Commerce with respect to any area of the exclusive economic zone (as defined in section 2(b)) designated as a national monument, shall not implement any restrictions on the public use of a national monument until the expiration of an appropriate review period (as determined by such Secretary) providing for public input and congressional approval.

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