H.R. 3603: To rename the Ocmulgee National Monument

H.R. 3603

To rename the Ocmulgee National Monument

December 7, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 3603, on Monday, December 7, 2009, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 3603 was introduced on September 17, 2009, by Rep. Jim Marshall (D-GA) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which held a mark-up and reported the bill, as amended, by voice vote on November 18, 2009.


Bill Summary

H.R. 3603 would rename the Ocmulgee National Monument as the Ocmulgee Mounds National Monument.


The Ocmulgee National Monument in Macon, Georgia, is a unit of the National Park Service (NPS) established to protect and preserve the former homes and architectural mounds created by the ancient people of American Southeast. According to NPS, "Ocmulgee National Monument is a memorial to the relationship of people and natural resources in this corner of North America.  We preserve a continuous record of human life in the Southeast from the earliest times to the present, there is evidence here of more than 12,000 years of human habitation." The site was established as a national monument in 1936.


According to CBO, H.R. 3603 "would have no significant cost because revising federal maps and signs to reflect the new name would be done in conjunction with scheduled reprinting and other routine maintenance."