S. 1053: A bill to amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date

S. 1053

A bill to amend the National Law Enforcement Museum Act to extend the termination date

Sponsor
Sen. Lisa Murkowski

Date
July 20, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

The House is scheduled to consider S. 1053 on Tuesday, July 20, 2010, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage.  S. 1053 was introduced on May 14, 2009, by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and passed in the Senate by Unanimous Consent on May 7, 2010.  The bill was than referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, which took no official action.

Bill Summary

S. 1053 would extend the authority of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to construct a museum honoring law enforcement officers on federal lands in Washington, D.C., through November 9, 2013.  The legislation would give the foundation an additional three years to begin construction.

Background

According to the National Park Service, the National Law Enforcement Museum Act (P.L. 106-492) became law on November 9, 2000.  The legislation authorized the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund to build a National Law Enforcement Museum on federal land in Washington, D.C.  Under the bill, the Memorial Fund was given ten years from the date of enactment to begin construction and the U.S. government was not to pay any expense of construction or operation.  If at such time construction had not commenced, the authority to construct such a museum would be terminated.  According to Senate Report 111-137, “The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) has completed a substantial portion of the planning… However, because of current economic conditions, NLEOMF is unable to obtain all necessary bond financing from its lender to construct the museum.  S. 1053 would give the fund an additional three years to begin construction of the museum.

Cost

According to CBO, “Because the museum would be established with nonfederal funds, CBO estimates that enacting S. 1053 would have no significant effect on the federal budget.”