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S. 500 (116th): Restore Our Parks Act

About the bill

But would it be financially disadvantageous to certain southern states?


$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 acquisition, …

Sponsor and status

Robert “Rob” Portman

Sponsor. Senator for Ohio. Republican.

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Last Updated: Feb 25, 2020
Length: 18 pages
Feb 14, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Enacted Via Other Measures

Provisions of this bill were incorporated into other bills which were enacted.

This bill was incorporated into:

H.R. 1957: Great American Outdoors Act
Enacted — Signed by the President on Aug 4, 2020. (compare text)

51 Cosponsors (31 Democrats, 17 Republicans, 3 Independents)



Feb 14, 2019

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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 (116th) was 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.

This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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