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S. 2873 (113th): National Park System Donor Acknowledgment Act

The text of the bill below is as of Sep 18, 2014 (Introduced).


II

113th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2873

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

September 18, 2014

(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

A BILL

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to acknowledge contributions at units of the National Park System.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the National Park System Donor Acknowledgment Act of 2014 .

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Donor acknowledgment

(A)

In general

The term donor acknowledgment means a statement, logo, trademark, proper legal name, or other reasonable form of credit acknowledging a contribution by a donor.

(B)

Exclusions

The term donor acknowledgment does not include—

(i)

a sign or other fixture that would block or obstruct a natural or historic site or view; or

(ii)

a statement or credit that promotes a political candidate or issue.

(2)

Eligible structure

(A)

In general

The term eligible structure means a structure at a unit of the National Park System.

(B)

Inclusions

The term eligible structure includes—

(i)

a visitor center;

(ii)

an administrative structure; and

(iii)

a specific room or section of a visitor center or an administrative structure.

(C)

Exclusion

The term eligible structure does not include a commemorative work (as defined in section 8902(a) of title 40, United States Code).

(3)

Landscape feature

(A)

In general

The term landscape feature means a component that contributes to the character significance of a landscape.

(B)

Inclusions

The term landscape feature includes land, water, vegetation, walls, pathways, stairways, and plazas.

(4)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

3.

Donor acknowledgments at structures in units of the national park system

(a)

In general

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.

(b)

Requirements

Donor acknowledgments under subsection (a) shall be displayed—

(1)

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

(2)

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.

(c)

Placement

(1)

In general

Donor acknowledgments under subsection (a) may be affixed to benches, furnishings, bricks, vehicles, walls, pathways, plazas, and staircases.

(2)

Limitation

Any donor acknowledgment under subsection (a) associated with land, water, vegetation, an item in a museum collection, or a historic structure shall be freestanding.

(d)

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.

(e)

Implementation

Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall implement this section.

(f)

Effect of section

Nothing in this section requires the Secretary to accept a donation.

4.

Donor acknowledgments to be displayed at commemorative works and landscape features

Section 8905 of title 40, United States Code, is amended—

(1)

in subsection (b), by striking paragraph (7); and

(2)

by adding at the end the following:

(c)

Donor contributions

(1)

Definition of landscape feature

(A)

In general

The term landscape feature means a component that contributes to the character or significance of a landscape.

(B)

Inclusions

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.

(2)

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.

(3)

Requirements

An acknowledgment under paragraph (2) shall—

(A)

be displayed—

(i)

inside an ancillary structure associated with the commemorative work; or

(ii)

as part of a landscape feature; and

(B)

conform to applicable National Park Service or General Services Administration guidelines for donor recognition, as applicable.

(4)

Limitations

An acknowledgment under paragraph (2) shall—

(A)

be limited to an appropriate statement or credit recognizing the contribution;

(B)

be displayed in a form approved by—

(i)

the National Mall and Memorial Parks Donor Recognition Plan or other applicable National Park Service guidelines for donor recognition; and

(ii)

General Services Administration guidelines;

(C)

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

(D)

be freestanding.

(5)

Cost

The sponsor shall bear all expenses related to the display of donor acknowledgments under paragraph (2).

(6)

Applicability

This subsection shall apply to any commemorative work dedicated after January 1, 2010.

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