IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
May 19, 2016
Mr. Blunt (for himself and Mrs. McCaskill) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To establish the Ste. Genevieve National Historic Site in the State of Missouri, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Ste. Genevieve National Historic Site Establishment Act of 2016.
In this Act:
The term Historic District means the Ste. Genevieve Historic District National Historic Landmark, as generally depicted on the Map.
The term Historic Site means the Ste. Genevieve National Historic Site established by section 3(a).
The term Map means the map entitled
Ste. Genevieve National Historic Site Proposed Boundary, numbered 571/132,626, and dated May 2016.
Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
State means the State of Missouri.
Establishment of the Ste. Genevieve National Historic Site
Subject to paragraph (2), there is established the Ste. Genevieve National Historic Site in the State as a unit of the National Park System to preserve, protect, and interpret for the benefit of present and future generations the themes of French settlement, vernacular architecture, and community form and farming on the frontier associated with Ste. Genevieve.
Conditions for establishment
The Historic Site shall not be established until the date on which the Secretary determines that—
sufficient land has been acquired for the Historic Site to constitute a manageable unit; and
the Secretary has entered into a written agreement providing that land owned by the State, the City of Ste. Genevieve, or other entity within the Historic District shall be managed consistent with the purposes of this Act.
The boundaries of the Historic Site shall be the boundaries generally depicted on the Map.
Availability of map
The Map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.
The Secretary may acquire any land or interest in land located within the boundary of the Historic Site or any nationally significant property identified in the special resource study within the Historic District by—
purchase with donated or appropriated funds; or
On the acquisition of any property within the Historic District under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall revise the boundary of the Historic Site to include the property.
The Secretary shall administer the Historic Site in accordance with—
this Act; and
the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including—
section 100101(a), chapter 1003, and sections 100751(a), 100752, 100753, and 102101 of title 54, United States Code; and
chapter 3201 of title 54, United States Code.
Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to prepare a general management plan for the Historic Site, the Secretary shall prepare the general management plan in accordance with section 100502 of title 54, United States Code.
Submission to Congress
On completion of the general management plan under subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate the general management plan.
The Secretary may provide interpretative tours and educational programs at related historic and cultural sites within the Historic District associated with the purposes for which the Historic Site is established.
The Secretary may provide technical assistance and enter into cooperative agreements with the owner of a nationally significant property within the Historic Site or the Historic District, to identify, mark, interpret, improve, and restore the property.
Right of access
A cooperative agreement entered into under paragraph (1) shall provide that the Secretary, acting through the Director of the National Park Service, shall have the right of access at all reasonable times to all public portions of the property covered by the agreement for the purposes of—
conducting visitors through the property; and
interpreting the property for the public.
The Federal share of the total cost of any activity carried out under a cooperative agreement entered into under this subsection shall be not more than 50 percent.
Form of non-federal share
The non-Federal share of an activity carried out under a cooperative agreement entered into under this subsection may be in the form of donated property, goods, or services fairly valued.
Changes or alterations
No changes or alterations shall be made to any property covered by a cooperative agreement entered into under paragraph (1) unless the Secretary and the other party to the agreement agree to the changes or alterations.
Conversion, use, or disposal
Any payment by the Secretary under this subsection shall be subject to an agreement that the conversion, use, or disposal of a property for purposes contrary to the purposes of this section, as determined by the Secretary, shall entitle the United States to reimbursement in any amount equal to the greater of—
the amounts made available to the property by the United States; or
the portion of the increased value of the property attributable to the amounts made available under this subsection, as determined at the time of the conversion, use, or disposal.
Limited role of the Secretary
Nothing in this Act authorizes the Secretary to assume overall financial responsibility for the operation, maintenance, or management of the Historic District.