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S. 1275 (rh) To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to produce and sell products and to sell publications relating to the Hoover Dam, and to deposit revenues generated from the sales into the Colorado River Dam fund. [Reported in House] ...

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  2d Session
                                S. 1275



                            January 27, 2000

                 Referred to the Committee on Resources


                                 AN ACT

To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to produce and sell products 
  and to sell publications relating to the Hoover Dam, and to deposit 
  revenues generated from the sales into the Colorado River Dam fund.

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


    This Act may be cited as the ``Hoover Dam Miscellaneous Sales 


    Congress finds that--
            (1) the sale and distribution of general public information 
        about the use of public land and water areas for recreation, 
        fish, wildlife, and other purposes serve significant public 
            (2) publications and other materials educate the public and 
        provide general information about Bureau of Reclamation 
        programs and projects;
            (3) in 1997, more than 1,000,000 visitors, including 
        300,000 from foreign countries, toured the Hoover Dam;
            (4) hundreds of thousands of additional visitors stopped to 
        view the dam;
            (5) visitors often ask to purchase maps, publications, and 
        other items to enhance their experience or serve educational 
            (6) in many cases the Bureau of Reclamation is the sole 
        source of those items;
            (7) the Bureau is in a unique position to fulfill public 
        requests for those items; and
            (8) as a public agency, the Bureau should be responsive to 
        the public by having appropriate items available for sale.


    The purposes of this Act are--
            (1) to authorize the Secretary of the Interior to offer for 
        sale to members of the public that visit the Hoover Dam Visitor 
        Center educational materials and memorabilia; and
            (2) to use revenue from those sales to repay the costs 
        relating to construction of the Hoover Dam Visitor Center.


    With respect to the Hoover Dam, the Secretary of the Interior, 
acting through the Commissioner of Reclamation, may--
            (1) conduct sales of--
                    (A) materials generated by the Bureau of 
                Reclamation such as posters, maps, brochures, 
                photographs, and similar publications, videotapes, and 
                computer information discs that are related to programs 
                or projects of the Bureau; and
                    (B) memorabilia and other commemorative items that 
                depict programs or projects of the Bureau;
            (2) convert unneeded property or scrap material into Bureau 
        memorabilia for sale purposes; and
            (3) enter into agreements with nonprofit organizations, 
        other Federal agencies, State and local governments, and 
        commercial entities for--
                    (A) the production or sale of items described in 
                paragraphs (1) and (2); and
                    (B) the sale of publications described in paragraph 


    (a) Costs.--All costs incurred by the Bureau of Reclamation under 
this Act shall be paid from the Colorado River Dam fund established by 
section 2 of the Act of December 21, 1928 (43 U.S.C. 617a).
    (b) Revenues.--
            (1) Use for repayment of sales costs.--All revenues 
        collected by the Bureau of Reclamation under this Act shall be 
        credited to the Colorado River Dam fund to remain available, 
        without further Act of appropriation, to pay costs associated 
        with the production and sale of items in accordance with 
        section 4.
            (2) Use for repayment of construction costs.--All revenues 
        collected by the Bureau of Reclamation under this Act that are 
        not needed to pay costs described in paragraph (1) shall be 
        transferred annually to the general fund of the Treasury in 
        repayment of costs relating to construction of the Hoover Dam 
        Visitor Center.

            Passed the Senate November 19, 1999.


                                                    GARY SISCO,


Pages: 1

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