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National Lighthouse Stewardship Act

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Postby Grover1 » Thu Mar 26, 2009 7:08 pm


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Postby island » Fri Mar 27, 2009 6:16 am


Sen. Levin introduced the same bill (S.3555) last year on Sept. 24. This bill was referred to the Committee on Energy and National Resources on this same date and where apparently no subsequent action was taken by this committee.

Ok. So Levin introduced this bill again. What was resolved? Where is it now? What is the next step? Referred again to E and NR?

The present Senate E and NR Committee has 23 members of which only five are from "lighthouse" states. Levin is not a member, nor are co-sponsors Snow or Collins. Only co-sponsor Stebanow is a member.
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Postby Terry_Pepper » Fri Mar 27, 2009 1:51 pm


I know that there has been considerable discussion on this Board relative to whether the Federal Government has any real rightful role in supporting lighthouse preservation, and I would like to take this early opportunity to ask that any commentary and discussion of this component of possible legislation be made in a separate posting.

The National Lighthouse Stewardship Act of 2009 has now been assigned Senate bill Number S715. The proposed act is designed to serve as a compliment to NHLPA 2000, through the establishment of a program that would enable state and nonprofit groups to apply for grants to assist with their restoration and maintenance efforts. This pilot program would authorize the distribution of $20 million a year for three years. These grants would require no matching funds, and would be able to serve as a match for other grants. As such, there is no need to explain how the passage of this act would serve as an immense benefit to the nation’s nonprofit lighthouse stewards.

regardless of whether you are in favor or in opposition to the passage of this act, I strongly recommend that you contact your appropriate legislators by telephone, snail mail or email as soon as possible to voice your feelings regarding passage of Senate bill S715.

Your personal interests will thus be best served - either way.
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Postby LighthouseNews » Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:35 pm


island wrote:
Ok. So Levin introduced this bill again. What was resolved? Where is it now? What is the next step? Referred again to E and NR?


You may track the progress of this bill through the government tracker RSS feed located at
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-715
There are three types of feed available, choose the one your feed reader recommends. Live bookmarks in Firefox browser is probably one of the simplest readers.
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Postby island » Fri Mar 27, 2009 2:39 pm


This bill was referred to the Committee on Energy and National Resources. http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-715

What has to happen next is to get this bill approved by this committee before it can go on to the Senate floor as part of a legislative package. Most bills die in committee. Therefore it is most appropriate to contact members of this committee to urge action to be taken on this bill.

The current members are: Chairman Jeff Bingaman (NM)

Byron L. Dorgan (ND) Ron Wyden (OR) Tim Johnson (SD) Mary L. Landrieu (LA) Maria Cantwell (WA) Robert Menendez (NJ) Blanche Lincoln (AR) Bernard Sanders (VT) Evan Bayh (IN) Debbie Stabenow (MI) Mark Udall (CO) Jeanne Shaheen (NH)

Lisa Murkowski (AK) Richard Burr (NC) John Barrasso (WY) Sam Brownback (KS) James E. Risch (ID) John McCain (AZ) Robert Bennett (UT) Jim Bunning (KY) Jeff Sessions (AL) Bob Corker (TN)
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Postby LighthouseNews » Fri Mar 27, 2009 5:37 pm


Snowe screwed up her press release. While I appreciate her support, it doesn't make her look all that good. See if you can spot the glaring (to me) error in the release:

March 27, 2009

Washington, D.C. -

U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe (R-Maine) joined U.S. Senator Carl Levin (D-Mich.) this week to introduce, S. 715, the National Lighthouse Stewardship Act, bipartisan legislation to create a three-year competitive grant program to be administered by the Department of the Interior that will help preserve and rehabilitate historic lighthouses across the country.

"In the state of Maine, we are fortunate to be home to 83 lighthouses. Each lighthouse tells a different story and is as integral to the history and narrative of our state as the magnificent landscapes on which they proudly stand," said Senator Snowe, an original cosponsor of the bill. "By helping to provide the necessary resources to ensure our lighthouses are not damaged or lost, this legislation will not only preserve a significant component of our heritage, but also go a long way in helping to boost local tourism and spur job growth in our communities."

Today, lighthouses across the country are maintained by non-profit historic societies, many of which are struggling in the recession. S. 715 would authorize $20 million for a three-year competitive grant pilot program that would provide funds to stewards of historic lighthouses to help them preserve and rehabilitate the lighthouses under their care.
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Postby island » Fri Mar 27, 2009 9:02 pm


Looks like Maine has given birth to more lighthouses. Maybe she is including faux lightlhouses and lighthouse lawn orniments.

Snow did not co-sponsor the first bill presented by Levin last fall. Nor did Collins or Schumer. And these senators are not members of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and will have little or no influence on what takes place in that committee regarding this bill. The bill will be relegated to an E and NR subcommitee, likely National Parks with 16 members, three of which are from lighthouse states. (Stabenow, Menendez and Burr, the ranking member)
Furthermore, if your Member of Congress does not sit on any committee relevant to this bill, you generally have no opportunity to voice your opinion on the bill while the bill is receiving its most important consideration.
http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=s111-715&tab=committees

Again as I stated before one needs to contact senators who are members of the E and NR committee or the sub-committee to which this bill is assigned.
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