The text of the bill below is as of Jul 4, 1976 (Passed Congress).
90 STAT. 796 PUBLIC LAW 94-337—JULY 4, 1976 Public Law 94-337 94th Congress An Act July 4, 1976 To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to establish the Valley Forge National [H.R. 5621] Historical Park in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and for other purposes. Be it enacted hy the Senate and House of Representatives of the Valley Forge United States of America in Congress assembled^ T h a t in order to National preserve and commemorate for the people of the United States the Historical Park, area associated with the heroic suffering, hardship, and determination Pa. and resolve of General George Washington's Continental A r m y during Establishment. the winter of 1777-1778 at Valley Forge, the Secretary of the Interior 16 u s e 410aa. (hereinafter referred to as the "Secretary") is authorized to establish the Valley F o r g e National Historical P a r k (hereinafter referred to as the " p a r k " ) , in the Conmionwealth of Pennsylvania. Map. SEC. 2. (a) The p a r k shall comprise the area generally depicted on 16USC410aa-l. the m a p entitled "Valley F o r g e National Historical P a r k " , dated F e b r u a r y 1976, and numbered VF-91,000, which shall be on file and available for inspection in the offices of the National P a r k Service, Department of the Interior, Washington, District of Columbia, and Publication in in the offices of the superintendent of the park. After advising the Federal Register. Committees on Interior and Insular Affairs of the United States Con- gress, in writing, the Secretary may make minor revisions of the boundaries of the p a r k when necessary by publication of a revised m a p or other boundary description in the Federal Eegister. Lands and (b) W i t h i n the boundaries of the park, the Secretary may acquire interests, lands and interests therein by donation, purchase with donated or acquisition. appropriated funds, exchange, or transfer. A n y property owned by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania or any political subdivision thereof may be acquired only by donation. The effective date of such donation shall not be prior to October 1,1976. Right of use and (c) Except for property deemed by the Secretary to be essential occupancy. for visitor facilities, or for access to or administration of the park, any owner or owners of improved property on the date of its acquisi- tion by the Secretary may, as a condition of such acquisition, retain for themselves and their successors or assigns a right of use and occupancy of the improved property for noncommercial residential purposes for a definite term not to exceed twenty-five years, or in lieu thereof, for a term ending at the death of the owner, or the death of his or her spouse, whichever is the later. T h e owner shall elect the term to be reserved. Unless the property is wholly or partially donated, the Secretary shall pay to the owner the fair market value of the property on the date of such acquisition, less the fair market value on such date of the r i g h t retained by the owner. Termination. (d) The Secretary may terminate a r i g h t of use and occupancy retained pursuant to this section upon his determination t h a t such use and occupancy is being exercised in a manner not consistent with the purposes of this Act, and upon tender to the holder of the right of an amount equal to the fair market value of t h a t portion of the r i g h t which remains unexpired on the date of termination. "Improved (e) T h e term "improved property", as used in this section shall property." mean a detached, noncommercial residential dwelling, t h e construc- tion of which was begun before J a n u a r y 1, 1975 (hereafter referred
PUBLIC LAW 94-337—JULY 4, 1976 90 STAT. 797 to as "dwelling"), together with so much of the land on which the dwelling is situated, the said land being in the same ownership as the dwelling, as the Secretary shall designate to be reasonably necessary for the enjoyment of the dwelling for the sole purpose of noncommer- cial residential use, together with any structures accessory to the dwell- ing which are situated on the land so designated. SEC. 3. When the Secretary determines that lands and interests Publication in therein have been acquired in an amount sufficient to constitute an Federal Register. administerable unit, he shall establish the park by publication of a 16 u s e 410aa-2. notice to that effect in the Federal Kegister: Provided^ That the park shall not be established until the Secretary receives commitments which he deems to be sufficient from the Commonwealth of Pennsyl- vania that the appropriations made by acts 320 and 352 of 1974, and act 12A of 1975, of the Legislature of the Commonwealth of Pennsyl- vania, will continue to be available and obligated for development purposes within the park. The Secretary shall administer the property Administration. acquired for such park in accordance with the Act of August 25,1916 43 u s e 1457. (39 Stat. 535), as amended and supplemented, and the Act of August 21,1935 (49 Stat. 666), as amended. 16 u s e 461. SEC. 4. (a) There are hereby authorized to be appropriated such Appropriation sums as may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this Act, but authorization. not more than $8,622,000 for the acquisition of lands and interests in 16 u s e 410aa-3. lands. (b) For the development of essential public facilities there are authorized to be appropriated not more than $500,000. Within three Master years from the date of establishment of the park pursuant to this Act, development the Secretary shall, after consulting with the Governor of the Com- plan, consultation monwealth of Pennsylvania, develop and transmit to the Committees with Governor; on Interior and Insular Affairs of the United States Congress a final transmittal to congressional master plan for the development of the park consistent with the objec- committees. tives of this Act, indicating: (1) the facilities needed to accommodate the health, safety, and interpretive needs of the visiting public; ^2) the location and estimated cost of all facilities; and (3) the projected need for any additional facilities within the park. Approved July 4, 1976. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY: HOUSE REPORT No. 94-1142 (Comm. on Interior and Insular Affairs). SENATE REPORT No. 94-817 accompanying S. 1776 (eomm. on Interior and Insular Affairs). eONGRESSIONAL REGORD, Vol. 122 (1976): June 8, considered and passed House. June 11, considered and passed Senate. WEEKLY COMPILATION OF PRESIDENTIAL DOeUMENTS, Vol. 12, No. 27: July 4, Presidential statement.