H.R. 298, To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Kentucky, and the feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System

H.R. 298

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Kentucky, and the feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System

Sponsor
Rep. Hal Rogers

Date
April 28, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, April 28, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 298, To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties, Kentucky, and the feasibility of its inclusion in the National Park System, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 298 was introduced on January 15, 2013 by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) and was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.  The bill was marked up by the Committee on October 30, 2013 and was ordered reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.[1]

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[1] Committee Report 113-280.

Bill Summary

H.R. 298 directs the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to evaluate the significance of the Mill Springs Battlefield located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties in Kentucky and the feasibility of adding the site to the National Park System (NPS).  H.R. 298 requires that the study, in part, consider the annual cost of administering the battlefield and the impact a NPS designation would have on existing commercial and recreational activities in surrounding communities.

Background

New units generally are added to the NPS system by an act of Congress, though national monuments may be added by Presidential proclamation.[1]  Legislation making a NPS designation may be preceded by legislation directing a study of the site’s significance and the feasibility of adding it to the NPS system.[2]

Located in Pulaski and Wayne Counties in Kentucky, the Battle of Mill Springs was “the first significant Union victory in the western theater of the Civil War and along with Union victories at Fort Henry and Fort Donelson, paved the way for a major battle at Shiloh, Tennessee.”[3]  The battlefield was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1994.[4]  The Mill Springs Battlefield Association has expressed interest in donating the battlefield to the U.S. for preservation and there is community support for its inclusion in the NPS.[5]

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[1] Carol Hardy Vincent, National Park System: Establishing New Units, Congressional Research Service (Mar. 26, 2014) at 2.
[2] Id. at 5.
[3] Committee Report at 2.
[4] H.R. 298, Sec. 1(a)(1).
[5] Id. at Sec. 1(a)(6) and (7).

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 298 would cost approximately $250,000 over the next three years.  The bill would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.