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                                                  Union Calendar No. 76
106th CONGRESS
  1st Session
                                 H. R. 66

                          [Report No. 106-137]

  To preserve the cultural resources of the Route 66 corridor and to 
     authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide assistance.


_______________________________________________________________________


                    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

                            January 6, 1999

 Mrs. Wilson (for herself, Mr. Skeen, Mr. Udall of New Mexico, and Mr. 
   Watkins) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the 
                         Committee on Resources

                              May 13, 1999

Additional sponsors: Mr. Lewis of California, Mr. English, Mr. Pastor, 
                Ms. Berkley, Mr. Bilbray, and Mr. Stump

                              May 13, 1999

  Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole 
       House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed
 [Strike out all after the enacting clause and insert the part printed 
                               in italic]
[For text of introduced bill, see copy of bill as introduced on January 
                                6, 1999]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL


 
  To preserve the cultural resources of the Route 66 corridor and to 
     authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide assistance.

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

SECTION 1. DEFINITIONS.

    In this Act, the following definitions apply:
            (1) Route 66 corridor.--The term ``Route 66 corridor'' 
        means structures and other cultural resources described in 
        paragraph (3), including--
                    (A) lands owned by the Federal Government and lands 
                owned by a State or local government within the 
                immediate vicinity of those portions of the highway 
                formerly designated as United States Route 66; and
                    (B) private land within that immediate vicinity 
                that is owned by persons or entities that are willing 
                to participate in the programs authorized by this Act.
            (2) Cultural resource programs.--The term ``Cultural 
        Resource Programs'' means the programs established and 
        administered by the National Park Service for the benefit of 
        and in support of preservation of the Route 66 corridor, either 
        directly or indirectly.
            (3) Preservation of the route 66 corridor.--The term 
        ``preservation of the Route 66 corridor'' means the 
        preservation or restoration of structures or other cultural 
        resources of businesses, sites of interest, and other 
        contributing resources that--
                    (A) are located within the land described in 
                paragraph (1);
                    (B) existed during the route's period of 
                outstanding historic significance (principally between 
                1926 and 1970), as defined by the study prepared by the 
                National Park Service and entitled ``Special Resource 
                Study of Route 66'', dated July 1995; and
                    (C) remain in existence as of the date of enactment 
                of this Act.
            (4) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of the Interior, acting through the Cultural Resource Programs 
        at the National Park Service.
            (5) State.--The term ``State'' means a State in which a 
        portion of the Route 66 corridor is located.

SEC. 2. MANAGEMENT.

    (a) In General.--The Secretary, in collaboration with the entities 
described in subsection (c), shall facilitate the development of 
guidelines and a program of technical assistance and grants that will 
set priorities for the preservation of the Route 66 corridor.
    (b) Designation of Officials.--The Secretary shall designate 
officials of the National Park Service stationed at locations 
convenient to the States to perform the functions of the Cultural 
Resource Programs under this Act.
    (c) General Functions.--The Secretary shall--
            (1) support efforts of State and local public and private 
        persons, nonprofit Route 66 preservation entities, Indian 
        tribes, State Historic Preservation Offices, and entities in 
        the States for the preservation of the Route 66 corridor by 
        providing technical assistance, participating in cost-sharing 
        programs, and making grants;
            (2) act as a clearinghouse for communication among Federal, 
        State, and local agencies, nonprofit Route 66 preservation 
        entities, Indian tribes, State historic preservation offices, 
        and private persons and entities interested in the preservation 
        of the Route 66 corridor; and
            (3) assist the States in determining the appropriate form 
        of and establishing and supporting a non-Federal entity or 
        entities to perform the functions of the Cultural Resource 
        Programs after those programs are terminated.
    (d) Authorities.--In carrying out this Act, the Secretary may--
            (1) enter into cooperative agreements, including (but not 
        limited to) cooperative agreements for study, planning, 
preservation, rehabilitation, and restoration related to the Route 66 
corridor;
            (2) accept donations of funds, equipment, supplies, and 
        services as appropriate;
            (3) provide cost-share grants for projects for the 
        preservation of the Route 66 corridor (but not to exceed 50 
        percent of total project costs) and information about existing 
        cost-share opportunities;
            (4) provide technical assistance in historic preservation 
        and interpretation of the Route 66 corridor; and
            (5) coordinate, promote, and stimulate research by other 
        persons and entities regarding the Route 66 corridor.
    (e) Preservation Assistance.--
            (1) In general.--The Secretary shall provide assistance in 
        the preservation of the Route 66 corridor in a manner that is 
        compatible with the idiosyncratic nature of the Route 66 
        corridor.
            (2) Planning.--The Secretary shall not prepare or require 
        preparation of an overall management plan for the Route 66 
        corridor, but shall cooperate with the States and local public 
        and private persons and entities, State historic preservation 
        offices, nonprofit Route 66 preservation entities, and Indian 
        tribes in developing local preservation plans to guide efforts 
        to protect the most important or representative resources of 
        the Route 66 corridor.

SEC. 3. RESOURCE TREATMENT.

    (a) Technical Assistance Program.--
            (1) Program required.--The Secretary shall develop a 
        program of technical assistance in the preservation of the 
        Route 66 corridor and interpretation of the Route 66 corridor.
            (2) Program guidelines.--As part of the technical 
        assistance program under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall 
        establish guidelines for setting priorities for preservation 
        needs for the Route 66 corridor. The Secretary shall base the 
        guidelines on the Secretary's standards for historic 
        preservation.
    (b) Program for Coordination of Activities.--
            (1) In general.--The Secretary shall coordinate a program 
        of historic research, curation, preservation strategies, and 
        the collection of oral and video histories of events that 
        occurred along the Route 66 corridor.
            (2) Design.--The program under paragraph (1) shall be 
        designed for continuing use and implementation by other 
        organizations after the Cultural Resource Programs are 
        terminated.

SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.

    There are authorized to be appropriated $10,000,000 for the period 
of fiscal years 2000 through 2009 to carry out the purposes of this 
Act.
                                                  Union Calendar No. 76

106th CONGRESS

  1st Session

                                H. R. 66

                          [Report No. 106-137]

_______________________________________________________________________

                                 A BILL

  To preserve the cultural resources of the Route 66 corridor and to 
     authorize the Secretary of the Interior to provide assistance.

_______________________________________________________________________

                              May 13, 1999

  Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole 
       House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

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