Gettysburg National Military Park Boundaries Revisionby Former Representative Doc Hastings
Posted on 2014-01-13
HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I move to suspend the rules
and pass the bill (H.R. 1513) to revise the boundaries of the
Gettysburg National Military Park to include the Gettysburg Train
Station and certain land along Plum Run in Cumberland Township, to
limit the means by which property within such revised boundaries may be
acquired, and for other purposes.
The Clerk read the title of the bill.
The text of the bill is as follows: H.R. 1513 Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. GETTYSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK.
(a) Boundary Revision.--Section 1 of the Act titled ``An Act to revise the boundary of Gettysburg National Military Park in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and for other purposes'', approved August 17, 1990 (16 U.S.C. 430g-4), is amended by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(d) Additional Land.-- ``(1) Covered land; condition.--In addition to the land identified in subsections (a) and (b), the park shall include the following, as depicted on the maps titled `Gettysburg National Military Park Proposed Boundary Addition', numbered 305/80,045, and dated January 2010, if the owner of the property has provided written consent to inclusion: ``(A) The land and interests in land commonly known as the `Gettysburg Train Station' and its immediate surroundings in the Borough of Gettysburg.
``(B) The land and interests in land located along Plum Run in Cumberland Township.
``(2) Rule of construction.--Nothing in paragraph (1), the acquisition of property within the area described in such paragraph, or the management plan for such acquired property shall be construed to create buffer zones outside of such property. That an activity or use can be seen or heard from within such acquired property shall not preclude the conduct of that activity or use outside such property.''.
(b) Limited Acquisition Authority.--Section 2(a) of that Act (16 U.S.C. 430g-5(a)) is amended in the first sentence by inserting before the period the following: ``, except that the Secretary is authorized to acquire property within the area described in section 1(d) by donation only''.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Pursuant to the rule, the gentleman from Washington (Mr. Hastings) and the gentleman from Arizona (Mr. Grijalva) each will control 20 minutes.
The Chair recognizes the gentleman from Washington.
General Leave Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. Mr. Speaker, I ask unanimous consent that all Members may have 5 legislative days to revise and extend their remarks and include extraneous material on the bill under consideration.
The SPEAKER pro tempore. Is there objection to the request of the gentleman from Washington? There was no objection.
Mr. HASTINGS of Washington. I yield myself as much time as I may consume.
Mr. Speaker, H.R. 1513, sponsored by our colleague from Pennsylvania (Mr. Perry), would revise the boundaries of the Gettysburg National Military Park. The park will now include the site known as the Gettysburg Train Station, the historic depot where President Abraham Lincoln arrived and departed via train in 1863 to deliver the Gettysburg Address.
Currently, the depot is owned by the Borough of Gettysburg, but will be donated to the National Park Service. However, the depot will continue to be operated by local or nonprofit organizations.
In addition, H.R. 1513 includes within the park a 45-acre parcel that has already been donated to the Park Service.
Finally, I would like to thank again our colleague, Mr. Perry, for including important property-rights protections in his bill that allow the Park Service to acquire property by donation only and requires that owners be provided written consent prior to property being included into the park boundary.
With that, I support the bill and reserve the balance of my time.