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S. 70: Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument Act


The text of the bill below is as of Jan 9, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 70

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 9, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Jones, and Mrs. Hyde-Smith) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

To establish the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument in the State of Mississippi, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

College

The term College means Tougaloo College, a private educational institution located in Tougaloo, Mississippi.

(2)

Historic district

The term Historic District means the Medgar Evers Historic District, as included on the National Register of Historic Places, and as generally depicted on the Map.

(3)

Map

The term Map means the map entitled Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument, numbered 515/142561, and dated September 2018.

(4)

Monument

The term Monument means the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument established by section 3.

(5)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National Park Service.

3.

Establishment of medgar and myrlie evers home national monument

(a)

Establishment

(1)

In general

Subject to paragraph (2), there is established the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Home National Monument in the State of Mississippi as a unit of the National Park System to preserve, protect, and interpret for the benefit of present and future generations resources associated with the pivotal roles of Medgar and Myrlie Evers in the American Civil Rights Movement.

(2)

Determination by the secretary

The Monument shall not be established until the date on which the Secretary determines that a sufficient quantity of land or interests in land has been acquired to constitute a manageable park unit.

(b)

Boundaries

The boundaries of the Monument shall be the boundaries generally depicted on the Map.

(c)

Availability of map

The Map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service.

(d)

Acquisition authority

The Secretary may only acquire any land or interest in land located within the boundary of the Monument by—

(1)

donation;

(2)

purchase from a willing seller with donated or appropriated funds; or

(3)

exchange.

(e)

Administration

(1)

In general

The Secretary shall administer the Monument in accordance with—

(A)

this Act; and

(B)

the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including—

(i)

section 100101(a), chapter 1003, and sections 100751(a), 100752, 100753, and 102101 of title 54, United States Code; and

(ii)

chapter 3201 of title 54, United States Code.

(2)

Management plan

(A)

In general

Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available to the Secretary for this purpose, the Secretary shall prepare a general management plan for the Monument in accordance with section 100502 of title 54, United States Code.

(B)

Submission

On completion of the general management plan under subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall submit it to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate.

(f)

Agreements

(1)

Monument

The Secretary—

(A)

shall seek to enter into an agreement with the College to provide interpretive and educational services relating to the Monument; and

(B)

may enter into agreements with the College and other entities for the purposes of carrying out this Act.

(2)

Historic district

The Secretary may enter into agreements with the owner of a nationally significant property within the Historic District, to identify, mark, interpret, and provide technical assistance with respect to the preservation and interpretation of the property.

(g)

No buffer zones

(1)

In general

Nothing in this Act, the establishment of the Monument, or the management of the Monument creates a buffer zone outside of the Monument.

(2)

Activity or use outside monument

The fact that an activity or use can be seen, heard, or detected from within the Monument shall not preclude the conduct of the activity or use outside of the Monument.