H.R.1927 – African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017

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H.R.1927 – African American Civil Rights Network Act of 2017

Brief

“This bill requires the Department of the Interior to establish within the National Park Service (NPS) a U.S. Civil Rights Network that encompasses:

(1) all NPS units and programs that relate to the African American civil rights movement during the period from 1939 through 1968;

(2) other federal, state, local, and privately owned properties that relate to the African American civil rights movement and that are included in, or eligible for, the National Register of Historic Places; and

(3) other governmental and nongovernmental facilities and programs of an educational, research, or interpretive nature that are directly related to such movement.” – crs

The stated purpose of the Act are to recognize—

(A) the importance of the African American civil rights movement; and

(B) the sacrifices made by the people who fought against discrimination and segregation; and

(2) to authorize the National Park Service to coordinate and facilitate Federal and non-Federal activities to commemorate, honor, and interpret—

(A) the history of the African American civil rights movement;

(B) the significance of the civil rights movement as a crucial element in the evolution of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000a et seq.); and

(C) the relevance of the African American civil rights movement in fostering the spirit of social justice and national reconciliation.

(More bill information below)

(Full text of H.R. 1927 at congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Clay, Wm. Lacy [D-MO-1] (Introduced 04/05/2017)

Status:  Passed House /

VOTES and FLOOR ACTION

HOUSE

On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote

House Amendments:

Motion to recommit:

Text of the motion:

SENATE

On Passage:

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COST AND IMPACT

Cost to the taxpayers:  Data not available

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Data not available

Regulatory and Other Impact: Data not available

Dynamic Scoring:   Data not available

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.

 

More Bill Information:

Congress finds that—

 

(1) the African American civil rights movement includes historic events, court decisions, and legislation, the goals of which were—

 

(A) to end segregation based upon race;

 

(B) to end discrimination against African Americans; and

 

(C) to ensure that African American citizens could exercise their basic constitutional rights, including the right to vote;

 

(2) the civil rights movement—

 

(A) helped bridge the divides of race, religion, sectional differences, and nationality;

 

(B) spanned State lines; and

 

(C) joined the ideals of liberty and freedom expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (42 U.S.C. 2000a et seq.) to the extraordinary actions of ordinary men and women working in common purpose for equal rights;

 

(3) the National Park Service and Organization of American Historians conducted a theme study that identified and interpreted sites related to the Civil Rights movement (Public Law 106–113, Appendix C, “The National Park System New Area of Study Act of 2000” [s. 1349]);

 

(4) in conducting the theme study referred to in paragraph (3), the National Park Service and the Organization of American Historians found that—

 

(A) although many sites relating to the African American civil rights movement have been identified and recognized in existing National Park System units—

 

(i) a number of sites relating to the African American civil rights movement have not been recognized;

 

(ii) many sites relating to the African American civil rights movement are in imminent danger of being lost or destroyed; and

 

(iii) many important resource types relating to the African American civil rights movement are not adequately represented and protected;

 

(B) there are many important sites relating to the African American civil rights movement that have high potential for preservation and visitor use in a number of States, the District of Columbia, and territories of the United States;

 

(C) no single site completely reflects and characterizes the African American civil rights movement, since the story of, and resources associated with, the African American civil rights movement involve networks, regions, and territories of the United States rather than individual sites; and

 

(D) the establishment of a variety of partnerships among the Federal Government, State, and units of local government, and the private sector would be most appropriate for the protection, restoration, and interpretation of the African American Civil Rights Network;

 

(5) the National Park Service can play a vital role in facilitating the creation and sustained success of the African American Civil Rights Network; and

 

(6) the story and significance of the African American civil rights movement can best engage the people of the United States through a national program of the National Park Service that links, in a unified and flexible manner—

 

(A) historic buildings, structures, and sites relating to the African American civil rights movement;

 

(B) geographic areas relating to the African American civil rights movement;

 

(C) interpretive centers, museums, and institutions relating to the African American civil rights movement; and

 

(D) programs, activities, community projects, exhibits, and multimedia materials relating to the African American civil rights movement.

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