H.R. 520: Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act

Feb 05, 2013
Passed House
37% chance of being enacted
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Jackie Speier
Representative for California's 14th congressional district
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Jun 18, 2013
6 pages
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Last Action: May 16, 2013


This bill passed in the House on June 17, 2013 and goes to the Senate next for consideration.

Introduced Feb 05, 2013
Referred to Committee Feb 05, 2013
Reported by Committee Apr 24, 2013
Passed House Jun 17, 2013
Passed Senate ...
Signed by the President ...

37% chance of being enacted.

Only about 23% of bills that made it past committee in 2011–2013 were enacted. [show factors | methodology]

Full Title

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of alternatives for commemorating and interpreting the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Parks, and for other purposes.


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6/17/2013--Passed House without amendment.
Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act - Directs the Secretary of the Interior to study alternatives for the commemoration and interpretation of the role of the Buffalo Soldiers (African-American troops who, in the late 19th century and early 20th century, came to be known as the Buffalo Soldiers) in the early years of the National Parks, which shall include:
(1) a historical assessment of the Buffalo Soldiers who served in National Parks in years prior to the establishment of the National Park Service (NPS);
(2) an evaluation of the suitability and feasibility of establishing a national historic trail commemorating the route traveled by the Buffalo Soldiers from their post in the Presidio of San Francisco to the Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks and to any other National Parks where they may have served;
(3) identification of properties that could meet criteria for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or criteria for designation as National Historic Landmarks; and
(4) an evaluation of ways of enhancing historical research, education, and awareness of the story of the Buffalo Soldiers' stewardship role in the National Parks. Requires the Secretary to submit to Congress a report on the findings and recommendations of such study.

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