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106th CONGRESS

  1st Session

                               H. R. 2541

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                                 AN ACT

   To adjust the boundaries of the Gulf Islands National Seashore to 
                    include Cat Island, Mississippi.
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
106th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                H. R. 2541

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 AN ACT


 
   To adjust the boundaries of the Gulf Islands National Seashore to 
                    include Cat Island, Mississippi.

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

SECTION 1. BOUNDARY ADJUSTMENT.

    (a) In General.--The first section of Public Law 91-660 (16 U.S.C. 
459h; 84 Stat. 1967) is amended--
            (1) by redesignating paragraphs (1) through (6) as 
        subparagraphs (A) through (F);
            (2) by striking ``shall comprise the following gulf coast'' 
        and inserting the following: ``shall comprise the following:
            ``(1) The gulf coast''; and
            (3) by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
            ``(2) Only after acquisition by the Secretary from a 
        willing seller, the approximately 2000 acres of land on Cat 
        Island, Mississippi, generally depicted on the map entitled 
        `Boundary Map, Gulf Islands National Seashore, Cat Island, 
        Mississippi', numbered 635/80085, and dated November 9, 1999 
        (hereinafter referred to as the `Cat Island Map'). The Cat 
        Island Map shall be on file and available for public inspection 
        in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service of the 
        Department of the Interior.''.
    (b) Acquisition Authority.--Section 2 of Public Law 91-660 (16 
U.S.C. 459h-1; 84 Stat. 1967) is amended--
            (1) in the first sentence of subsection (a), by inserting 
        ``submerged lands,'' after ``lands,''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
    ``(e)(1) The Secretary is authorized to acquire, from a willing 
seller only--
            ``(A) the approximately 2,000 acres of land depicted on the 
        Cat Island Map;
            ``(B) an easement over the approximately 150-acre parcel 
        depicted as the `Boddie Family Tract' on the Cat Island Map for 
        the purpose of implementing an agreement with the owners of the 
        parcel concerning the development and use of the parcel; and
            ``(C) lands and interests in lands on Cat Island outside 
        the 2,000-acre area depicted on the Cat Island Map and 
        submerged lands that lie within 1 mile seaward of Cat Island; 
        however submerged lands owned by the State of Mississippi or 
        its subdivisions may be acquired under this subsection only by 
        donation.
    ``(2) Lands and interests in lands acquired under this subsection 
shall be administered by the Secretary, acting through the Director of 
the National Park Service.
    ``(3) The boundary of the seashore shall be modified to reflect the 
acquisition of such lands.''.
    (c) Regulation of Fishing.--Section 3 of Public Law 91-660 (16 
U.S.C. 459h-2; 84 Stat. 1968) is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``(a)'' before ``The Secretary''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following:
    ``(b) Nothing in this Act shall be construed to give the Secretary 
authority to regulate fishing activities, including shrimping, outside 
of the boundaries of the seashore.''.
    (d) Authorization of Management Agreements.--Section 5 of Public 
Law 91-660 (16 U.S.C. 459h-4; 84 Stat. 1968) is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``(a)'' before ``Except''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection:
    ``(b)(1) The Secretary is authorized to enter into agreements--
            ``(A) with the State of Mississippi and its political 
        subdivisions for the purposes of managing resources and 
        providing law enforcement assistance, subject to State law 
        authorization, and emergency services on or within any lands on 
        Cat Island and any waters and submerged lands within 1 mile 
        seaward from Cat Island; and
            ``(B) with the owners of the approximately 150-acre parcel 
        of land depicted as the `Boddie Family Tract' on the Cat Island 
        Map concerning the development and use of such land.
    ``(2) Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to authorize 
the Secretary to enforce Federal regulations outside the land area 
within the designated boundary of the seashore.''.
    (e) Authorization of Appropriations.--Section 11 of Public Law 91-
660 (16 U.S.C. 459h-10; 84 Stat. 1970) is amended--
            (1) by inserting ``(a)'' before ``There''; and
            (2) by adding at the end the following:
    ``(b) In addition to the funds authorized by subsection (a), there 
are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to acquire 
lands and submerged lands on and adjacent to Cat Island, 
Mississippi.''.

            Passed the House of Representatives November 16, 1999.

            Attest:

                                                                 Clerk.

Pages: 1

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