H.R. 513: Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act

113th Congress, 2013–2015. Text as of Feb 05, 2013 (Introduced).

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113th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 513

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 5, 2013

(for himself, Mr. Rangel, and Mr. Hanna) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To establish the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, and the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties, Maryland, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Harriet Tubman National Historical Parks Act .

2.

Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, Maryland

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Historical park

The term historical park means the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park established by subsection (b)(1)(A).

(2)

Map

The term map means the map entitled Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park, numbered P99/111520, and dated November 2011.

(3)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

(4)

State

The term State means the State of Maryland.

(b)

Harriet tubman underground railroad national historical park

(1)

Establishment

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (B), there is established the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park in Caroline, Dorchester, and Talbot Counties, Maryland, as a unit of the National Park System.

(B)

Determination by secretary

The historical park shall not be established until the date on which the Secretary determines that sufficient lands, or interests in lands, have been acquired to constitute a manageable park unit.

(C)

Notice

Not later than 30 days after the date on which the Secretary makes a determination under subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register notice of the establishment of the historical park, including an official boundary map for the historical park.

(D)

Availability of map

The official boundary map published under subparagraph (C) shall be on file and available for public inspection in appropriate offices of the National Park Service.

(2)

Purpose

The purpose of the historical park is to preserve and interpret for the benefit of present and future generations the historical, cultural, and natural resources associated with the life of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

(3)

Land acquisition

(A)

In general

The Secretary may acquire land and interests in land within the areas depicted on the map as NHP—Authorized Acquisition Areas by donation or by purchase from willing sellers using donated funds only. The Secretary may accept non-Federal funds for acquisitions under this paragraph.

(B)

Boundary adjustment

On acquisition of lands or an interests in lands under subparagraph (A), the boundary of the historical park shall be adjusted to reflect the acquisition.

(c)

Administration

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall administer the historical park in accordance with this section and the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including—

(A)

the National Park System Organic Act (16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.); and

(B)

the Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.).

(2)

Interagency agreement

Not later than 1 year after the date on which the historical park is established, the Director of the National Park Service and the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service shall enter into an agreement to allow the National Park Service to provide for public interpretation of historic resources located within the boundary of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge that are associated with the life of Harriet Tubman, consistent with the management requirements of the Refuge.

(3)

Cooperative agreements

(A)

In general

The Secretary may enter into a cooperative agreement with the State, political subdivisions of the State, colleges and universities, non-profit organizations, and individuals—

(i)

to mark, interpret, and restore nationally significant historic or cultural resources relating to the life of Harriet Tubman or the Underground Railroad within the boundaries of the historical park, if the agreement provides for reasonable public access; or

(ii)

to conduct research relating to the life of Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad.

(B)

Funding

No Federal funds shall be made available under any cooperative agreement entered into under this paragraph. The Secretary may accept non-Federal funds to carry out this paragraph or any cooperative agreement entered into under this paragraph.

(d)

General management plan

(1)

In general

Not later than 3 years after the date of the enactment of this section, the Secretary shall prepare a general management plan for the historical park in accordance with section 12(b) of Public Law 91–383 (commonly known as the “National Park Service General Authorities Act”; 16 U.S.C. 1a–7(b)).

(2)

Consultation

The general management plan shall be prepared in consultation with the State, including political subdivisions of the State.

(3)

Coordination

The Secretary shall coordinate the preparation and implementation of the management plan with—

(A)

the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge;

(B)

the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park established by section 3(b)(1)(A); and

(C)

the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

3.

Harriet tubman national historical park, auburn, New York

(a)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Historical park

The term historical park means the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park established by subsection (b)(1)(A).

(2)

Home

The term Home means The Harriet Tubman Home, Inc., located in Auburn, New York.

(3)

Map

The term map means the map entitled Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, numbered T18/80,000, and dated March 2009.

(4)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

(5)

State

The term State means the State of New York.

(b)

Harriet tubman national historical park

(1)

Establishment

(A)

In general

Subject to subparagraph (B), there is established the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in Auburn, New York, as a unit of the National Park System.

(B)

Determination by secretary

The historical park shall not be established until the date on which the Secretary determines that a sufficient quantity of land, or interests in land, has been acquired to constitute a manageable park unit.

(C)

Notice

Not later than 30 days after the date on which the Secretary makes a determination under subparagraph (B), the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register notice of the establishment of the historical park.

(D)

Map

The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in appropriate offices of the National Park Service.

(2)

Boundary

The historical park shall include the Harriet Tubman Home, the Tubman Home for the Aged, the Thompson Memorial AME Zion Church and Rectory, and associated land, as identified in the area entitled National Historical Park Proposed Boundary on the map.

(3)

Purpose

The purpose of the historical park is to preserve and interpret for the benefit of present and future generations the historical, cultural, and natural resources associated with the life of Harriet Tubman.

(4)

Land acquisition

The Secretary may acquire land and interests in land within the areas depicted on the map by donation. The Secretary may accept non-Federal funds for acquisitions under this paragraph.

(c)

Administration

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall administer the historical park in accordance with this section and the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including—

(A)

the National Park System Organic Act (16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.); and

(B)

the Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.).

(2)

Cooperative agreements

(A)

In general

The Secretary may enter into a cooperative agreement with the owner of any land within the historical park to mark, interpret, or restore nationally significant historic or cultural resources relating to the life of Harriet Tubman, if the agreement provides that—

(i)

the Secretary shall have the right of access to any public portions of the land covered by the agreement to allow for—

(I)

access at reasonable times by historical park visitors to the land; and

(II)

interpretation of the land for the public; and

(ii)

no changes or alterations shall be made to the land except by mutual agreement of the Secretary and the owner of the land.

(B)

Research

The Secretary may enter into a cooperative agreement with the State, political subdivisions of the State, institutions of higher education, the Home and other nonprofit organizations, and individuals to conduct research relating to the life of Harriet Tubman.

(C)

Attorney general

(i)

In general

The Secretary shall submit to the Attorney General for review any cooperative agreement under this paragraph involving religious property or property owned by a religious institution.

(ii)

Finding

No cooperative agreement subject to review under this subparagraph shall take effect until the date on which the Attorney General issues a finding that the proposed agreement does not violate the Establishment Clause of the First Amendment to the Constitution.

(D)

Funding

No Federal funds shall be made available under any cooperative agreement entered into under this paragraph. The Secretary may accept non-Federal funds to carry out this paragraph or any cooperative agreement entered into under this paragraph.

(d)

General management plan

(1)

In general

Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment, the Secretary shall prepare a general management plan for the historical park in accordance with section 12(b) of Public Law 91–383 (commonly known as the “National Park Service General Authorities Act”; 16 U.S.C. 1a–7(b)).

(2)

Coordination

The Secretary shall coordinate the preparation and implementation of the management plan with—

(A)

the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park established by section 2(b)(1); and

(B)

the National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.