H.R. 3804: National Park Service Authorities and Corrections Act of 2009

H.R. 3804

National Park Service Authorities and Corrections Act of 2009

Rep. Paul Tonko

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

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Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 3894, on Monday, December 7, 2009, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 3894 was introduced on October 13, 2009, by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) and referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which held a mark-up and reported the bill by voice vote on November 18, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3894 includes a number of technical corrections, extensions, new authorities, and authorizations to certain land designations and other current laws affecting the National Park Service (NPS) and other federal agencies.


National Park Service Authorizations:

•  Reauthorizes the NPS System Advisory Board, which would expire in 2010, through 2020.

•  Reauthorizes the NPS Concessions Management Advisory Board, which is set to expire at the end of 2009, through 2019.

•  Establishes uniform penalties for violations of the law that occur in units of the NPS.

•  Increase the annual authorized funding level for the NPS' Volunteers in the Parks program from $3.5 million to $10 million.


Pearl Harbor Ticketing:

•  Authorizes the Secretary of Interior to enter into an agreement with nonprofit organizations to set up security at the Pearl Harbor Historic site and sell tickets for access to the site.


Changes to NPS Units:

•  Authorizes the Secretary of Interior and the Secretary of Transportation to transfer the jurisdiction of less than one acre of land within the boundary of the George Washington Memorial Parkway to provide access to the Claude Moore Colonial Farm in MacLean, Virginia. 

•  Requires federal agencies to remove snow, sleet, or ice from the sidewalks adjacent to their buildings in the District of Columbia "within a reasonable time period."

•  Renames the Martin Luther King Junior National Historic Site in Atlanta, Georgia, as the Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historical Park.

•  Expands the boundaries of the Lava Beds National Monument Wilderness in Northern California.


Technical Corrections:

•  Makes a number of technical changes to six NPS designations that were pass in the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.



A CBO cost estimate for H.R. 3804 was not yet available as of press time.