IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
September 18, 2014
Mr. Coburn (for himself, Mr. Warner, and Mr. Enzi) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acknowledge contributions at units of the National Park System.
This Act may be cited as the
National Park System Donor Acknowledgment Act of 2014
In this Act:
The term donor acknowledgment means a statement, logo, trademark, proper legal name, or other reasonable form of credit acknowledging a contribution by a donor.
The term donor acknowledgment does not include—
a sign or other fixture that would block or obstruct a natural or historic site or view; or
a statement or credit that promotes a political candidate or issue.
The term eligible structure means a structure at a unit of the National Park System.
The term eligible structure includes—
a visitor center;
an administrative structure; and
a specific room or section of a visitor center or an administrative structure.
The term eligible structure does not include a commemorative work (as defined in section 8902(a) of title 40, United States Code).
The term landscape feature means a component that contributes to the character significance of a landscape.
The term landscape feature includes land, water, vegetation, walls, pathways, stairways, and plazas.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
Donor acknowledgments at structures in units of the national park system
Subject to subsection (b), the Secretary may authorize donor acknowledgments at an eligible structure to recognize contributions for a museum collection or landscape feature at a unit of the National Park System.
Donor acknowledgments under subsection (a) shall be displayed—
in a manner that is approved by the Secretary, in consultation with the Superintendent at the unit of the National Park System in which the eligible structure, museum collection, or landscape feature is located, after taking into account any input from the donating entity; and
for a period of time, as determined by the Secretary, in consultation with the Superintendent at the unit of the National Park System in which the eligible structure, museum collection, or landscape feature is located, that is commensurate with the amount of the contribution and the life of the eligible structure.
Donor acknowledgments under subsection (a) may be affixed to benches, furnishings, bricks, vehicles, walls, pathways, plazas, and staircases.
Any donor acknowledgment under subsection (a) associated with land, water, vegetation, an item in a museum collection, or a historic structure shall be freestanding.
Expansion of donor acknowledgments
The Secretary may authorize the use of donor acknowledgments under this section to include acknowledgments on digital and media platforms, including online applications and web-based product downloads relating to a specific unit of the National Park System.
Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall implement this section.
Effect of section
Nothing in this section requires the Secretary to accept a donation.
Donor acknowledgments to be displayed at commemorative works and landscape features
Section 8905 of title 40, United States Code, is amended—
in subsection (b), by striking paragraph (7); and
by adding at the end the following:
Definition of landscape feature
The term landscape feature means a component that contributes to the character or significance of a landscape.
The term landscape feature includes walls, pathways, stairways, plazas, and other features that are considered to be components of a landscape in accordance with applicable National Park Service regulations.
Acknowledgment of donor contribution
Except as otherwise provided in this subsection, the Secretary of the Interior or Administrator of General Services, as applicable, may acknowledge or permit a sponsor to acknowledge, donor contributions at the commemorative work.
An acknowledgment under paragraph (2) shall—
inside an ancillary structure associated with the commemorative work; or
as part of a landscape feature; and
conform to applicable National Park Service or General Services Administration guidelines for donor recognition, as applicable.
An acknowledgment under paragraph (2) shall—
be limited to an appropriate statement or credit recognizing the contribution;
be displayed in a form approved by—
the National Mall and Memorial Parks Donor Recognition Plan or other applicable National Park Service guidelines for donor recognition; and
General Services Administration guidelines;
be displayed for a period of up to 10 years, with the display period to be commensurate with the level of the contribution, as determined in accordance with the plan and guidelines described in subparagraph (B); and
The sponsor shall bear all expenses related to the display of donor acknowledgments under paragraph (2).
This subsection shall apply to any commemorative work dedicated after January 1, 2010.