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H.R. 2719 (114th): Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 10, 2015 (Introduced).


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114th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 2719

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 10, 2015

(for himself, Mr. Cole, Ms. McCollum, Mr. Polis, Ms. Pingree, Mr. Gallego, Mr. Hastings, Ms. Moore, Mr. Murphy of Florida, Mrs. Torres, Mr. Grijalva, Mr. Ruiz, Mr. Heck of Washington, and Mrs. Dingell) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To amend the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 to authorize grants to Indian tribes to further achievement of tribal coastal zone objectives, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Tribal Coastal Resiliency Act.

2.

Grants to further achievement of tribal coastal zone objectives

(a)

Grants authorized

The Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 1451 et seq.) is amended by adding at the end the following:

320.

Grants to further achievement of tribal coastal zone objectives

(a)

Grants authorized

The Secretary may award competitive grants to qualified Indian tribes to further achievement of the objectives of such a tribe for its tribal coastal zone.

(b)

Cost share

(1)

In general

The Federal share of the cost of any activity carried out with a grant under this section shall be—

(A)

in the case of a grant of less than $200,000, 100 percent of such cost; and

(B)

in the case of a grant of $200,000 or more, 95 percent of such cost, except as provided in paragraph (2).

(2)

Waiver

The Secretary may waive the application of paragraph (1)(B) with respect to a grant to an Indian tribe, or otherwise reduce the portion of the share of the cost of an activity required to be paid by an Indian tribe under such paragraph, if the Secretary determines that the tribe does not have sufficient funds to pay such portion.

(c)

Compatibility

The Secretary may not award a grant under this section unless the Secretary determines, in consultation with affected coastal States, that the activities to be carried out with the grant are compatible with this title.

(d)

Authorized objectives and purposes

Amounts awarded as a grant under this section shall be used for one or more of the objectives and purposes authorized under subsections (b) and (c), respectively, of section 306A.

(e)

Funding

To carry out this section there is authorized to be appropriated $5,000,000 for each fiscal year.

(f)

Definitions

In this section:

(1)

Qualified Indian tribe

The term qualified Indian tribe means an Indian tribe, as that term is defined in section 4 of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act (25 U.S.C. 450b), that is located in a State that has a management program approved by the Secretary under this title.

(2)

Tribal coastal zone

The term tribal coastal zone means any area excluded from the coastal zone under the last sentence of section 304(1) because such area is held in trust for the benefit of an Indian tribe.

(3)

Tribal coastal zone objective

The term tribal coastal zone objective means, with respect to a qualified Indian tribe, any of the following objectives:

(A)

Protection, restoration, or preservation of areas in the tribal coastal zone that hold—

(i)

important ecological, cultural, or sacred significance for such tribe; or

(ii)

traditional, historic, and esthetic values essential to such tribe.

(B)

Preparing and implementing a special area management plan and technical planning for important coastal areas.

(C)

Any coastal or shoreline stabilization measure, including any mitigation measure, for the purpose of public safety, public access, or cultural or historical preservation.

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(b)

Guidance

Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act the Secretary of Commerce shall issue guidance for the program established under the amendment made by subsection (a), including the criteria for awarding grants under such program.

(c)

Use of State Grants To Fulfill Tribal Objectives

Section 306A(c)(2) of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 1455a(c)(2)) is amended by striking and after the semicolon at the end of subparagraph (D), by striking the period at the end of subparagraph (E) and inserting ; and, and by adding at the end the following:

(F)

fulfilling any tribal coastal zone objective (as that term is defined in section 320).

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