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S. 143 (114th): United States Merchant Marine Academy Improvements Act of 2015

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 9, 2015 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 143


January 9, 2015

introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation


To allow for improvements to the United States Merchant Marine Academy and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the United States Merchant Marine Academy Improvements Act of 2015.


Melville Hall of United States Merchant Marine Academy


Gift to the Merchant Marine Academy

The Maritime Administrator may accept a gift of money from the Foundation under section 51315 of title 46, United States Code, for the purpose of renovating Melville Hall on the campus of the United States Merchant Marine Academy.


Covered gifts

A gift described in this subsection is a gift under subsection (a) that the Maritime Administrator determines exceeds the sum of—


the minimum amount that is sufficient to ensure the renovation of Melville Hall in accordance with the capital improvement plan of the United States Merchant Marine Academy that was in effect on the date of enactment of this Act; and


25 percent of the amount described in paragraph (1).


Operation contracts

Subject to subsection (d), in the case that the Maritime Administrator accepts a gift of money described in subsection (b), the Maritime Administrator may enter into a contract with the Foundation for the operation of Melville Hall to make available facilities for, among other possible uses, official academy functions, third-party catering functions, and industry events and conferences.


Contract terms

The contract described in subsection (c) shall be for such period and on such terms as the Maritime Administrator considers appropriate, including a provision, mutually agreeable to the Maritime Administrator and the Foundation, that—


requires the Foundation—


at the expense solely of the Foundation through the term of the contract to maintain Melville Hall in a condition that is as good as or better than the condition Melville Hall was in on the later of—


the date that the renovation of Melville Hall was completed; or


the date that the Foundation accepted Melville Hall after it was tendered to the Foundation by the Maritime Administrator; and


to deposit all proceeds from the operation of Melville Hall, after expenses necessary for the operation and maintenance of Melville Hall, into the account of the Regimental Affairs Non-Appropriated Fund Instrumentality or successor entity, to be used solely for the morale and welfare of the cadets of the United States Merchant Marine Academy; and


prohibits the use of Melville Hall as lodging or an office by any person for more than 4 days in any calendar year other than—


by the United States; or


for the administration and operation of Melville Hall.



In this section:



The term contract includes any modification, extension, or renewal of the contract.



In this section, the term Foundation means the United States Merchant Marine Academy Alumni Association and Foundation, Inc.


Rules of construction

Nothing in this section may be construed under section 3105 of title 41, United States Code, as requiring the Maritime Administrator to award a contract for the operation of Melville Hall to the Foundation.