Boston National Historic Sites Act

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Boston National Historic Sites Act

Boston National Historic Sites Act

Act Details

Boston National Historic Sites Act was, as a bill, a proposal (now, a piece of legislation) introduced on 1973-01-04 in the House of Commons and Senate respectively of the 93 United States Congress by Edward Kennedy in relation with: Historic sites, Massachusetts, Parks, Public lands and natural resources.

Boston National Historic Sites Act became law (1) in the United States on 1974-10-01

It was referred to the following Committee(s): (2)

Senate Interior and Insular Affairs (SSEG)
House Interior and Insular Affairs (HSII)

Edward Kennedy, member of the US congress
Edward Kennedy, Democrat, Senator from Massachusetts

The proposal had the following cosponsors:

Dewey Bartlett, Senator, from Oklahoma

Act Overview

Text of the Boston National Historic Sites Act

(LATEST SUMMARY) Boston National Historic Park Act – Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to acquire only with the consent of the current owner by donation or by purchase with donated or appropriated funds all lands and improvements thereon or interests therein comprising the following described areas: (1) Fanueil Hall located at Dock Square Boston; (2) Paul Revere House 19 North Square Boston; (3) the area identified as the Old North Church area 193 Salem Street Boston; (4) the Old State House Washington and State Street Boston; (5) Bunker Hill Breeds Hill Boston; (6) Old South Meeting House Milk and Washington Streets Boston; and (7) Charleston Navy Yard. Provides that such lands improvements and interests shall be known as the Boston National Historical Park. Authorizes the Secretary to enter into cooperative agreements with the city of Boston the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and private organizations to assist in the preservation and interpretation of the properties listed in this Act which in his opinion would best be preserved in private municipal or State ownership. Allows the Secretary to accept donations of property of national historical interest and significance located in the city of Boston which he may deem proper for administration as part of the park. Establishes a Boston National Historical Park Advisory Commission. Sets forth the membership composition of the Commission. Authorizes the Secretary to construct a suitable visitor center for the interpretation of the historical features of the park. Authorizes appropriations to carry out the purposes of this Act.

Act Notes

  • [Note 1] An Act (like Boston National Historic Sites Act) or a resolution cannot become a law in the United States until it has been approved (passed) in identical form by both the House of Representatives and the Senate, as well as signed by the President (but see (5)). If the two bodys of the Congress versions of an Act are not identical, one of the bodies might decide to take a further vote to adopt the bill (see more about the Congress process here). An Act may be pass in identical form with or without amendments and with or without conference. (see more about Enrollment).
  • [Note 2] Proposals are referred to committees for preliminary consideration, then debated, amended, and passed (or rejected) by the full House or Senate. To prevent endless shuttling of bills between the House and Senate, bills like Boston National Historic Sites Act are referred to joint committees made up of members of both houses.
  • [Note 3] For more information regarding this legislative proposal, go to THOMAS, select “Bill Number,” search on (Boston National Historic Sites Act)
  • [Note 4] A bill to authorize the establishment of the Boston national historical park in the commonwealth of Mass. The current official title of a bill is always present, assigned at introduction (for example, in this case, on 1973-01-04) and can be revised any time. This type of titles are sentences.
  • [Note 5] The Act is referred to the appropriate committee by the Speaker of any of the two Houses. Bills are placed on the calendar of the committee to which they have been assigned. See Assignment Process.
  • [Note 6] Regarding exceptions to President´s approval, a bill that is not signed (returned unsigned) by the President can still become law if at lest two thirds of each of the two bodys of the Congress votes to pass it, which is an infrequent case. See also Presidential Veto.
  • [Note 7] Legislative Proposal types can be: hr, hres, hjres, hconres, s, sres, sjres, sconres. A bill originating in the Senate is designated by the letter “S”, and a bill originating from the House of Representatives begins with “H.R.”, followed, in both cases, by its individual number which it retains throughout all its parliamentary process.
  • [Note 8] For information regarding related bill/s to Boston National Historic Sites Act, go to THOMAS.


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Historic sites
Public lands and natural resources

Further Reading

  • “How our laws are made”, Edward F Willett; Jack Brooks, Washington, U.S. G.P.O.
  • “To make all laws : the Congress of the United States, 1789-1989”, James H Hutson- Washington, Library of Congress.
  • “Bills introduced and laws enacted: selected legislative statistics, 1947-1990”, Rozanne M Barry; Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service.

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