H.R.1488 – Indiana Dunes National Park Act

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H.R.1488 – Indiana Dunes National Park Act


H.R. 1488 would redesignate the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, an existing unit of the National Park Service (NPS) system, as the Indiana Dunes National Park.

    Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore was established by Congress in 1966 through Public Law 89-761. The designation of the national lakeshore as a unit of the National Park System was the culmination of decades of work by conservationists, area residents and elected officials. The law included 8,330 acres of land and water. The National Park Service and conservation advocates continued to seek expansion of the boundaries, and five subsequent expansion bills increased the size of the national lakeshore to more than 15,000 acres.

Redesignation of the national lakeshore as a national park would make Indiana Dunes the 60th national park in the United States. Although there is no statutory definition of a national park, they are typically considered the “crown jewels” of the park system. National parks are generally large, diverse areas with outstanding natural features and ecological resources. Proponents argue that national park status gives greater recognition to the dunes and will potentially draw more visitors and boost the local economy.

 (Full text of H.R. 1488 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Visclosky, Peter J. [D-IN-1] (Introduced 03/09/2017)

Status: Passed House /



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

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Cost to the taxpayers:  Redesignating the site may require NPS to update maps, handouts, and signage. On the basis of the costs of similar tasks, CBO estimates that those costs would be insignificant and would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  . Enacting H.R. 1488 would not affect direct spending or revenues; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 1488 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1488 would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  This bill does not contain any Congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined under clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives.

Duplication of programs:  This bill does not establish or reauthorize a program of the federal government known to be duplicative of another program.

Direct Rule-Making:  This bill does not contain any directed rule makings.

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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