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S. 3240: Free Veterans from Fees Act


The text of the bill below is as of Nov 18, 2021 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 3240

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 18, 2021

(for himself, Mrs. Gillibrand, Mr. Cotton, Mr. Scott of Florida, Mr. Braun, Mr. Risch, and Mrs. Blackburn) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

To waive the application fee for applications for special use permits for veterans’ special events at war memorials on land administered by the National Park Service in the District of Columbia and its environs, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Free Veterans from Fees Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Member of a Gold Star Family

The term member of a Gold Star Family means any individual that meets the eligibility requirements of section 3.2 of Department of Defense Instruction 1348.36 (or a successor instruction).

(2)

Special events

The term special events has the meaning given the term in section 7.96(g)(1) of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (or a successor regulation).

(3)

The District of Columbia and its environs

The term the District of Columbia and its environs has the meaning given the term in section 8902(a) of title 40, United States Code.

(4)

Veteran

The term veteran has the meaning given the term in section 101 of title 38, United States Code.

(5)

Veterans’ special event

The term veterans’ special event means a special event at which the majority of attendees are veterans or members of Gold Star Families.

(6)

War memorial

The term war memorial means any memorial or monument that has been erected or dedicated to commemorate a military unit, military group, war, conflict, victory, or peace.

3.

Waiver of special use permit application fee for veterans’ special events

(a)

Waiver

The application fee for any application for a special use permit, the sole purpose of which is to hold a veterans’ special event at a war memorial on land administered by the National Park Service in the District of Columbia and its environs, shall be waived.

(b)

Applicability of existing laws

Notwithstanding subsection (a), an applicant for a special use permit described in that subsection shall be subject to any other law (including regulations) or policy applicable to the application, issuance, or execution of the special use permit.

(c)

Applicability

This section shall apply to any special use permit application submitted after the date of enactment of this Act.