IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
November 18, 2021
Mr. Rubio (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
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.
This Act may be cited as the
Free Veterans from Fees Act.
In this Act:
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).
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).
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.
The term veteran has the meaning given the term in section 101 of title 38, United States Code.
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.
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.
Waiver of special use permit application fee for veterans’ special events
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.
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.
This section shall apply to any special use permit application submitted after the date of enactment of this Act.