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S 779

112th CONGRESS
1st Session

S. 779

To authorize the acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 under the American Battlefield Protection Program.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 8, 2011

Mr. SCHUMER introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To authorize the acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 under the American Battlefield Protection Program.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

    This Act may be cited as the `American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act of 2011'.

SEC. 2. REVOLUTIONARY WAR AND WAR OF 1812 AMERICAN BATTLEFIELD PROTECTION.

    Section 7301(c) of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (16 U.S.C. 469k-1(c)) is amended--

      (1) in paragraph (1)--

        (A) by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting the following:

        `(A) BATTLEFIELD REPORT- The term `battlefield report' means, collectively--

          `(i) the report entitled `Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefields', prepared by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission, and dated July 1993; and

          `(ii) the report entitled `Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States', prepared by the National Park Service, and dated September 2007.'; and

        (B) in subparagraph (C)(ii), by striking `Battlefield Report' and inserting `battlefield report';

      (2) in paragraph (2), by inserting `eligible sites or' after `acquiring';

      (3) in paragraph (3), by inserting `an eligible site or' after `acquire';

      (4) in paragraph (4), by inserting `an eligible site or' after `acquiring';

      (5) in paragraph (5), by striking `An' and inserting `An eligible site or an';

      (6) by redesignating paragraph (6) as paragraph (8);

      (7) by inserting after paragraph (5) the following:

      `(6) WILLING SELLERS- Acquisition of land or interests in land under this subsection shall be from willing sellers only.

      `(7) REPORT- Not later than 5 years after the date of enactment of this paragraph, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report describing the activities carried out under this subsection, including a description of--

        `(A) preservation activities carried out at the battlefields and associated sites identified in the battlefield report during the period between publication of the battlefield report and the report required under this paragraph;

        `(B) changes in the condition of the battlefields and associated sites during the period described in subparagraph (A); and

        `(C) any other relevant developments relating to the battlefields and associated sites during the period described in subparagraph (A).'; and

      (8) by striking paragraph (8) (as redesignated by paragraph (6)) and inserting the following:

      `(8) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated to the Secretary to provide grants under this subsection for each of fiscal years 2012 through 2022--

        `(A) $10,000,000 for the protection of Civil War battlefields; and

        `(B) $10,000,000 for the protection of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 battlefields.'.

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