H.R. 2092: Kingman and Heritage Islands Act of 2009

H.R. 2092

Kingman and Heritage Islands Act of 2009

Sponsor
Sen. Bernard Sanders

Date
October 7, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.R. 2092 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) on April 17, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2092 would amend the National Children's Island Act of 1995 (P.L. 104-163) to allow the District of Columbia to use the Kingman and Heritage Islands for educational, environmental, or recreational purposes, in accordance with the Anacostia Waterwork Framework Plan and the Comprehensive Plan of the District of Columbia. These are policy documents providing guidance for planning and development in D.C.

Under the bill, the land would revert back to the federal government if the islands are not being used for these purposes. However, this reversionary interest of the federal government would expire after 30 years of enactment.

 

Background

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform approved H.R. 2092 by voice vote on September 10, 2009.

The National Children's Island Act required the federal government to transfer title of the Kingman and Heritage Islands in the Anacostia River to the District of Columbia for use as a children's recreational park. In 2003, the District of Columbia developed the Anacostia Waterfront Framework Plan, envisioning the use of the islands for nature-themed exhibitions and educational uses, including a memorial tree grove dedicated to District schoolchildren who were victims of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. This legislation seeks to clarify that this use of the land is permissible under the law.

 

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 2092 would have no significant impact on the federal budget.