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S. 500: Restore Our Parks Act

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But would it be financially disadvantageous to certain southern states?

Context

$11.9 billion worth of deferred maintenance has been delayed or postponed on national parks. These include transportation infrastructure such as roadways, tunnels, and bridges — and also trails, dams, fortifications, wastewater systems, and more.

The National Parks Service (NPS) proposed budget for 2021 recommends Congress create a dedicated stream of funding for the purpose, using the revenues from energy production such as oil drilling on federal lands.

What the legislation does

The Restore Our Parks and Public Lands Act would do the same. The created fund would devote up to 50% of such energy revenues to a restoration fund devoted to national park maintenance, capped at $1.3 billion annually.

None of the funds could be used for land ...

Sponsor and status

Robert “Rob” Portman

Sponsor. Junior Senator for Ohio. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020
Length: 18 pages
Introduced
Feb 14, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Status

Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted, so there will not likely be further activity on this bill.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 1957: Great American Outdoors Act
Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 4, 2020. (compare text)
Prognosis
3% chance of being enacted according to Skopos Labs (details)
Source

Position statements

What legislators are saying

Ohio Conservation Leaders Praise Bipartisan Legislation to Fund Maintenance Backlog on Federal Lands
    — Sen. Robert “Rob” Portman [R-OH] (Sponsor) on Mar 12, 2020

Conservation Leaders Applaud Gardner-Secured Presidential Support for Full and Permanent LWCF Funding
    — Sen. Cory Gardner [R-CO] (Co-sponsor) on Mar 6, 2020

Blumenauer Leads 100+ Bipartisan Members of Congress in Urging Relief for Independent Restaurants
    — Rep. Earl Blumenauer [D-OR3] on Jul 30, 2020

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute SpendingTracker.org estimates S. 500 will add $6.3 billion in new spending through 2029.

History

Feb 14, 2019
 
Introduced

Bills and resolutions are referred to committees which debate the bill before possibly sending it on to the whole chamber.

Nov 19, 2019
 
Ordered Reported

A committee has voted to issue a report to the full chamber recommending that the bill be considered further. Only about 1 in 4 bills are reported out of committee.

S. 500 is a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number S. 500. This is the one from the 116th Congress.

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