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H.R. 1619 (ih) To amend the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor Act of 1994 to expand the boundaries of the Corridor. [Introduced in House] ...


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        H.R.1619

                       One Hundred Sixth Congress

                                 of the

                        United States of America


                          AT THE FIRST SESSION

         Begun and held at the City of Washington on Wednesday,
   the sixth day of January, one thousand nine hundred and ninety-nine


                                 An Act


 
  To amend the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage 
     Corridor Act of 1994 to expand the boundaries of the Corridor.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; REFERENCE.

    (a) Short Title.--This Act may be cited as the ``Quinebaug and 
Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor Reauthorization Act 
of 1999''.
    (b) Reference.--Whenever in this Act a section or other provision 
is amended or repealed, such amendment or repeal shall be considered to 
be made to that section or other provision of the Quinebaug and 
Shetucket Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor Act of 1994 (Public 
Law 103-449; 16 U.S.C. 461 note).

SEC. 2. FINDINGS.

    Section 102 of the Act is amended--
        (1) in paragraph (1), by inserting ``and the Commonwealth of 
    Massachusetts'' after ``State of Connecticut'';
        (2) by striking paragraph (2) and redesignating paragraphs (3) 
    through (9) as paragraphs (2) through (8), respectively; and
        (3) in paragraph (3) (as so redesignated), by inserting ``New 
    Haven,'' after ``Hartford,''.

SEC. 3. ESTABLISHMENT OF QUINEBAUG AND SHETUCKET RIVERS VALLEY NATIONAL 
              HERITAGE CORRIDOR; PURPOSE.

    (a) Establishment.--Section 103(a) of the Act is amended by 
inserting ``and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts'' after ``State of 
Connecticut''.
    (b) Purpose.--Section 103(b) of the Act is amended to read as 
follows:
    ``(b) Purpose.--It is the purpose of this title to provide 
assistance to the State of Connecticut and the Commonwealth of 
Massachusetts, their units of local and regional government and 
citizens in the development and implementation of integrated natural, 
cultural, historic, scenic, recreational, land, and other resource 
management programs in order to retain, enhance, and interpret the 
significant features of the lands, water, structures, and history of 
the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley.''.

SEC. 4. BOUNDARIES AND ADMINISTRATION.

    (a) Boundaries.--Section 104(a) of the Act is amended--
        (1) by inserting ``Union,'' after ``Thompson,''; and
        (2) by inserting after ``Woodstock'' the following: ``in the 
    State of Connecticut, and the towns of Brimfield, Charlton, Dudley, 
    E. Brookfield, Holland, Oxford, Southbridge, Sturbridge, and 
    Webster in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, which are contiguous 
    areas in the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers Valley, related by 
    shared natural, cultural, historic, and scenic resources''.
    (b) Administration.--Section 104 of the Act is amended by adding at 
the end the following:
    ``(b) Administration.--
        ``(1) In general.--(A) The Corridor shall be managed by the 
    management entity in accordance with the management plan, in 
    consultation with the Governor and pursuant to a compact with the 
    Secretary.
        ``(B) The management entity shall amend its by-laws to add the 
    Governor of Connecticut (or the Governor's designee) and the 
    Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (or the Governor's 
    designee) as a voting members of its Board of Directors.
        ``(C) The management entity shall provide the Governor with an 
    annual report of its activities, programs, and projects. An annual 
    report prepared for any other purpose shall satisfy the 
    requirements of this paragraph.
        ``(2) Compact.--To carry out the purposes of this Act, the 
    Secretary shall enter into a compact with the management entity. 
    The compact shall include information relating to the objectives 
    and management of the Corridor, including, but not limited to, each 
    of the following:
            ``(A) A delineation of the boundaries of the Corridor.
            ``(B) A discussion of goals and objectives of the Corridor, 
        including an explanation of the proposed approaches to 
        accomplishing the goals set forth in the management plan.
            ``(C) A description of the role of the State of Connecticut 
        and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
        ``(3) Authorities of management entity.--For the purpose of 
    achieving the goals set forth in the management plan, the 
    management entity may use Federal funds provided under this Act--
            ``(A) to make grants to the State of Connecticut and the 
        Commonwealth of Massachusetts, their political subdivisions, 
        nonprofit organizations, and other persons;
            ``(B) to enter into cooperative agreements with or provide 
        technical assistance to the State of Connecticut and the 
        Commonwealth of Massachusetts, their political subdivisions, 
        nonprofit organizations, and other persons;
            ``(C) to hire and compensate staff; and
            ``(D) to contract for goods and services.
        ``(4) Prohibition on acquisition of real property.--The 
    management entity may not use Federal funds received under this Act 
    to acquire real property or any interest in real property.''.

SEC. 5. STATES CORRIDOR PLAN.

    Section 105 of the Act is amended--
        (1) by striking subsections (a) and (b);
        (2) by redesignating subsection (c) as subsection (a);
        (3) in subsection (a) (as so redesignated)--
            (A) by striking the first sentence and all that follows 
        through ``Governor,'' and inserting the following: ``The 
        management entity shall implement the management plan. Upon 
        request of the management entity,''; and
            (B) in paragraph (5), by striking ``identified pursuant to 
        the inventory required by section 5(a)(1)''; and
        (4) by adding at the end the following:
    ``(b) Grants and Technical Assistance.--For the purposes of 
implementing the management plan, the management entity may make grants 
or provide technical assistance to the State of Connecticut and the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, their political subdivisions, nonprofit 
organizations, and other persons to further the goals set forth in the 
management plan.''.

SEC. 6. DUTIES OF THE SECRETARY.

    Section 106 of the Act is amended--
        (1) in subsection (a)--
            (A) by striking ``Governor'' each place it appears and 
        inserting ``management entity'';
            (B) by striking ``preparation and''; and
            (C) by adding at the end the following: ``Such assistance 
        shall include providing funds authorized under section 109 and 
        technical assistance necessary to carry out this Act.''; and
        (2) by amending subsection (b) to read as follows:
    ``(b) Termination of Authority.--The Secretary may not make any 
grants or provide any assistance under this Act after September 30, 
2009.''.

SEC. 7. DUTIES OF OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES.

    Section 107 of the Act is amended by striking ``Governor'' and 
inserting ``management entity''.

SEC. 8. DEFINITIONS.

    Section 108 of the Act is amended--
        (1) in paragraph (1), by inserting before the period the 
    following: ``and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts''.
        (2) in paragraph (3), by inserting before the period the 
    following: ``and the Governor of the Commonwealth of 
    Massachusetts'';
        (3) in paragraph (5), by striking ``each of'' and all that 
    follows and inserting the following: ``the Northeastern Connecticut 
    Council of Governments, the Windham Regional Council of 
    Governments, and the Southeastern Connecticut Council of 
    Governments in Connecticut, (or their successors), and the Pioneer 
    Valley Regional Planning Commission and the Southern Worcester 
    County Regional Planning Commission (or their successors) in 
    Massachusetts.''; and
        (4) by adding at the end the following:
        ``(6) The term `management plan' means the document approved by 
    the Governor of the State of Connecticut on February 16, 1999, and 
    adopted by the management entity, entitled `Vision to Reality: A 
    Management Plan', the management plan for the Corridor, as it may 
    be amended or replaced from time-to-time.
        ``(7) The term `management entity' means Quinebaug-Shetucket 
    Heritage Corridor, Inc., a not-for-profit corporation (or its 
    successor) incorporated in the State of Connecticut.''.

SEC. 9. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    Section 109 of the Act is amended to read as follows:

``SEC. 109. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    ``(a) In General.--There is authorized to be appropriated under 
this title not more than $1,000,000 for any fiscal year. Not more than 
a total of $10,000,000 may be appropriated for the Corridor under this 
title after the date of the enactment of the Quinebaug and Shetucket 
Rivers Valley National Heritage Corridor Reauthorization Act of 1999.
    ``(b)  Fifty Percent Match.--Federal funding provided under this 
title may not exceed 50 percent of the total cost of any assistance or 
grant provided or authorized under this title.''.

SEC. 10. CONFORMING AMENDMENTS.

    (a) Long Title.--The long title of the Act is amended to read as 
follows: ``An Act to establish the Quinebaug and Shetucket Rivers 
Valley National Heritage Corridor in the State of Connecticut and the 
Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and for other purposes.''.
    (b) Heading.--The heading for section 110 of the Act is amended by 
striking ``service'' and inserting ``system''.

                               Speaker of the House of Representatives.

                            Vice President of the United States and    
                                               President of the Senate.

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