H. R. 443
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating the James K. Polk Home in Columbia, Tennessee, as a unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
James K. Polk Presidential Home Study Act.
Congress finds that—
in 1961, the James K. Polk Home was designated as a National Historic Landmark; and
in April 2015, the National Park Service completed a reconnaissance survey of the James K. Polk Home, in which the National Park Service—
the James K. Polk Home is conclusively nationally significant; and
a special resource study is needed to fully analyze the suitability, feasibility, and need for management of the James K. Polk Home by the National Park Service; and
recommended that Congress consider authorizing a special resource study for the James K. Polk Home and associated properties.
The Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this Act as the
Secretary) shall conduct a special resource study of the site of the James K. Polk Home in Columbia, Tennessee, and adjacent property (referred to in this Act as the
The Secretary shall conduct the study under subsection (a) in accordance with section 100507 of title 54, United States Code.
In conducting the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall—
evaluate the national significance of the site;
determine the suitability and feasibility of designating the site as a unit of the National Park System;
include cost estimates for any necessary acquisition, development, operation, and maintenance of the site;
consult with interested Federal, State, or local governmental entities, private and nonprofit organizations, or other interested individuals; and
identify alternatives for the management, administration, and protection of the site.
Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out the study under subsection (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 a report that describes—
the findings and conclusions of the study; and
any recommendations of the Secretary.
Passed the House of Representatives April 16, 2018.
Karen L. Haas,