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S. 2739 (is) To amend title 39, United States Code, to provide for the issuance of a semipostal stamp in order to afford the public a convenient way to contribute to funding for the establishment of the World War II Memorial. [Introduced in Senate] %%File...
108th CONGRESS 2d Session S. 2738 To establish a Commission to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Samuel de Champlain in the Champlain Valley and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES July 22, 2004 Mr. Leahy (for himself and Mr. Jeffords) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To establish a Commission to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Samuel de Champlain in the Champlain Valley and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION. 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Samuel de Champlain 400th Commemoration Commission Act of 2004''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. (a) Findings.--Congress finds that-- (1) Samuel de Champlain (1567-1635) was a French explorer and navigator who mapped much of northeastern North America and established a settlement in Quebec; (2) in 1609, Champlain entered the valley where he observed the lake that today carries his name, Lake Champlain, which borders the States of Vermont and New York and a portion of the border between Canada and the United States; (3) the 8,234 square mile Lake Champlain Basin is an extraordinary cultural, historical, and recreational resource that had a significant role in the history and culture of pre- European America, colonial North America, and the formation and early development of the United States; (4) Lake Champlain has a recognized national significance, not only for scenic beauty, but also for the impact of the lake on the local, regional, and national economy; (5) Lake Champlain is supported by a watershed of more than 8,200 square miles and supports a regional economy of more than $9,000,000,000; (6) the importance of Lake Champlain spreads throughout the Northeast, because residents of New England and the Mid- Atlantic States cherish the lake and the resources of the lake for recreational, ecological, and scenic values; and (7) the States of Vermont and New York have both established Champlain 400th Commemoration Commissions. (b) Purpose.-- (1) In general.--The purpose of this Act is to establish the Samuel de Champlain 400th Commemoration Commission to provide technical and financial assistance to the States of Vermont and New York and communities in the States to commemorate-- (A) the arrival of Samuel de Champlain into the Champlain Valley; and (B) the heritage of the greater Lake Champlain Basin. (2) Inclusions.--The assistance described in paragraph (1) shall, at a minimum-- (A) ensure a suitable national observance, in 2009, of the Samuel de Champlain anniversary by complementing the programs and activities of the States of Vermont and New York; (B) cooperate with and assist the programs and activities of the States in commemorating the Samuel de Champlain 2009 anniversary; (C) assist in ensuring that the commemoration provides an excellent visitor experience and beneficial interaction between visitors and the natural and cultural resources of the Champlain Valley; (D) assist in ensuring that the Samuel de Champlain 2009 observances are inclusive and appropriately recognize the experiences and heritage of all peoples present when Samuel de Champlain arrived in the Champlain Valley; (E) provide assistance to States, localities, and nonprofit organizations in the development of programs, activities, and facilities to recognize the cultural and historical significance of Lake Champlain; (F) facilitate international involvement in the Samuel de Champlain 2009 commemoration; (G) support and facilitate marketing efforts for a commemorative coin, stamp, and related activities for the Samuel de Champlain commemoration; (H) support and facilitate the related efforts of the Lake Champlain Basin Program and the Champlain 400th Commemoration Commissions established by the States of Vermont and New York; and (I) assist in the appropriate development of heritage tourism and economic benefits to the United States. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) Commemoration.--The term ``commemoration'' means the commemoration of the 400th anniversary of Samuel de Champlain first arriving in the Champlain Valley in 1609. (2) Commission.--The term ``Commission'' means the Samuel de Champlain 400th Commemoration Commission established by section 4(a). (3) Governor.--The term ``Governor'' means the Governor of each State. (4) Lake champlain basin program.--The term ``Lake Champlain Basin Program'' means the partnership with Federal agencies established by the States of Vermont and New York to implement the Lake Champlain management plan entitled ``Opportunities for Action''. (5) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary of the Interior. (6) State.-- (A) In general.--The term ``State'' means-- (i) the State of Vermont; and (ii) the State of New York. (B) Inclusions.--The term ``State'' includes agencies and entities of each State specified in subparagraph (A). SEC. 4. SAMUEL DE CHAMPLAIN 400TH COMMEMORATION COMMISSION. (a) In General.--There is established a commission to be known as the ``Samuel de Champlain 400th Commemoration Commission''. (b) Membership.-- (1) In general.--The Commission shall be composed of 13 members, of whom-- (A) 4 members shall be appointed by the Secretary from the Champlain 400th Commemoration Commission established by the State of Vermont, after consideration of the recommendations of the Governor of Vermont; (B) 4 members shall be appointed by the Secretary, from the Champlain 400th Commemoration Commission established by the State of New York, after consideration of the recommendations of the Governor of New York; (C) 2 members shall be employees of the National Park Service, of whom-- (i) 1 member shall be the Director of the National Park Service (or a designee); and (ii) 1 member shall be an employee of the National Park Service having experience relevant to the commemoration, to be appointed by the Secretary; and (D) 3 members shall be individuals that have an interest in, support for, and expertise appropriate to, the commemoration, to be appointed by the Secretary. (2) Term; vacancies.-- (A) Term.--A member of the Commission shall be appointed for the life of the Commission. (B) Vacancies.-- (i) In general.--A vacancy on the Commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment was made. (ii) Partial term.--A member appointed to fill a vacancy on the Commission shall serve for the remainder of the term for which the predecessor of the member was appointed. (3) Meetings.-- (A) In general.--The Commission shall meet-- (i) at least twice each year; or (ii) at the call of the Chairperson or the majority of the members of the Commission. (B) Initial meeting.--Not later than 30 days after the date on which all members of the Commission have been appointed, the Commission shall hold the initial meeting of the Commission. (4) Voting.-- (A) In general.--The Commission shall act only on an affirmative vote of a majority of the members of the Commission. (B) Quorum.--A majority of the members of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. (5) Chairperson and vice chairperson.-- (A) In general.--The Commission shall annually elect the Chairperson and the Vice Chairperson of the Commission from among the members of the Commission. (B) Authority.--The Vice Chairperson shall serve as the Chairperson in the absence of the Chairperson. (c) Duties.-- (1) In general.--The Commission shall-- (A) plan, develop, and execute programs and activities appropriate for the commemoration; (B) generally facilitate activities relating to the commemoration throughout the United States; (C) encourage civic, patriotic, historical, educational, religious, economic, and other organizations throughout the United States to organize and participate in anniversary activities to expand the understanding and appreciation of the significance of Lake Champlain; (D) consult with the Lake Champlain Basin Program and other relevant organizations to plan and develop programs and activities for the commemoration; (E) provide technical assistance to States, localities, and nonprofit organizations to carry out activities relating to the commemoration; (F) coordinate and facilitate public scholarly research on the history of Samuel de Champlain and the Lake Champlain basin; and (G) ensure that the commemoration provides a lasting legacy and long-term public benefit by assisting in the development of appropriate programs, projects, and facilities. (2) Plans; reports.-- (A) Strategic plan; annual performance plans.--In accordance with section 306 of title 5, United States Code, and section 1115 of title 31, United States Code, the Commission shall prepare a strategic plan and annual performance plans for the activities of the Commission carried out under this Act. (B) Final report.--Not later than September 30, 2010, the Commission shall submit to the Secretary a final report that contains-- (i) a summary of the activities of the Commission; (ii) a final accounting of funds received and expended by the Commission; and (iii) the findings and recommendations of the Commission. (d) Powers of the Commission.--The Commission may-- (1) accept and dispose of donations of money, personal services, and personal property related to the settling of the Champlain Basin and the significance of Lake Champlain in the history of the United States; (2) appoint such advisory committees as the Commission determines to be necessary to carry out this Act; (3) authorize any member or employee of the Commission to take any action that the Commission is authorized to take by this Act; (4) procure supplies, services, and property, and make or enter into contracts, leases, or other legal agreements, to carry out this Act (except that any contracts, leases, or other legal agreements made or entered into by the Commission, either directly or with administrative assistance from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, shall not extend beyond the date of termination of the Commission); (5) use the United States mails in the same manner and under the same conditions as other Federal agencies; (6) subject to approval by the Commission, with assistance from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, make grants in amounts not to exceed $25,000 to communities and nonprofit organizations to develop programs and facilities to assist in the commemoration and recognition of Lake Champlain cultural and historical resources and projects; (7) make grants to research and scholarly organizations to research, publish, or distribute information relating to the early history of the Champlain Valley; and (8) provide technical assistance to States, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration. (e) Commission Personnel Matters.-- (1) Compensation of members of the commission.-- (A) In general.--Except as provided in subparagraph (B), a member of the Commission shall serve without compensation. (B) Federal employees.--A member of the Commission who is an officer or employee of the Federal Government shall serve without compensation in addition to the compensation received for the services of the member as an officer or employee of the Federal Government. (C) Travel expenses.--A member of the Commission shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for an employee of an agency under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, while away from the home or regular place of business of the member in the performance of the duties of the Commission. (2) Staff.-- (A) In general.--The Chairperson of the Commission may, without regard to the civil service laws (including regulations), appoint and terminate an executive director and such other additional personnel, including personnel appointed from the Lake Champlain Basin Program, as are necessary to enable the Commission to perform the duties of the Commission. (B) Confirmation of executive director.--The
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