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Cesar Chavez
Special Resource Study

On May 8, 2008, P.L. 110-229, Consolidated Natural Resources Act of 2008 (Act) received final approval.  Within that legislation, Title II, Subtitle C, Section 325, “Cesar E. Chavez Study" authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to complete a special resource study of sites significant to the life of Cesar E. Chavez. The following is the text of the legislation that pertains to the Cesar E. Chavez Study. Click here to read the entire text of the Act.


PUBLIC LAW 110-229—MAY 8, 2008

Public Law 110-229
110th Congress

An Act

To authorize certain programs and activities in the Department of the Interior, the Forest Service, and the Department of Energy, to implement further the Act approving the Covenant to Establish a Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands in Political Union with the United States of America, to amend the Compact of Free Association Amendments Act of 2003, and for other purposes. <<NOTE: May 8, 2008 - [S. 2739]>>

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

      (a) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this section, the Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this section as the "Secretary") shall complete a special resource study of sites in the State of Arizona, the State of California, and other States that are significant to the life of Cesar E. Chavez and the farm labor movement in the western United States to determine—
      (1) appropriate methods for preserving and interpreting the sites; and
      (2) whether any of the sites meets the criteria for listing on the National Register of Historic Places or designation as a national historic landmark under—
            (A) the Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.); or
            (B) the National Historic Preservation Act (16 U.S.C. 470 et seq.).

      (b) REQUIREMENTS.—In conducting the study authorized under subsection (a), the Secretary shall—
      (1) consider the criteria for the study of areas for potential inclusion in the National Park System under section 8(b)(2) of Public Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-5(b)(2)); and
      (2) consult with—
            (A) the Cesar E. Chavez Foundation;
            (B) the United Farm Workers Union; and
            (C) State and local historical associations and societies, including any State historic preservation offices in the State in which the site is located.

      (c) REPORT.—On completion of the study, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report that describes—
            (1) the findings of the study; and
            (2) any recommendations of the Secretary.

      (c) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS.—There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary to carry out this section.

Approved May 8, 2008

Updated 3/28/11