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H.R.520: Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act

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This bill was introduced in the 113th Congress
This bill is primarily about public lands and natural resources
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Sponsor Jackie Speier, D-Calif.
Total Cosponsors 23 (All Democrats)
Introduced Feb. 5, 2013
Latest Major Action Dec. 20, 2013
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Bill Summary

(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The expanded summary of the House reported version is repeated here.)

Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act - Directs the Secretary of the Interior to study alternatives for the commemoration and interpretation of the role of the Buffalo Soldiers (African-American troops who, in the late 19th century and early 20th century, came to be known as the Buffalo Soldiers) in the early years of the National Parks, which shall include: (1) a historical assessment of the Buffalo Soldiers who served in National Parks in years prior to the establishment of the National Park Service (NPS); (2) an evaluation of the suitability and feasibility of establishing a national historic trail commemorating the route traveled by the Buffalo Soldiers from their post in the Presidio of San Francisco to the Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks and to any other National Parks where they may have served; (3) identification of...

(Source: Congressional Research Service)

Bill Actions

Date Description
Dec. 20, 2013 Read twice. Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 285.
June 18, 2013 Received in the Senate.
June 17, 2013 Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
June 17, 2013 On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H3665)
June 17, 2013 DEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 520.
June 17, 2013 Considered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H3665-3666)
June 17, 2013 Mr. Bishop (UT) moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill.
May 17, 2013 Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 56.
May 17, 2013 Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-81.
April 24, 2013 Ordered to be Reported by Unanimous Consent.
April 24, 2013 Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
April 24, 2013 Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation Discharged.
Feb. 14, 2013 Referred to the Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation.
Feb. 5, 2013 Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.