Once again, an effort is being made in the House of Representatives to modernize laws governing the National Park Service (NPS). Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) introduced H.R. 1068, which would put NPS and related programs law in one place in the United States Code. Goodlatte introduced the bill on Tuesday, March 12. You can view it at http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.1068:.
The bill would classify NPS law as “positive law,” putting it in one place and repealing antiqued provisions, some going back to the 1800s.
The bill was referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) cosponsored it.
Similar legislation was introduced in each of the last two congresses. Last summer, the House passed it and sent it to the Senate Judiciary Committee, which never acted. See stories linked to below for details.
The legislation states that it “will remove ambiguities, contradictions and other imperfections” in current law.” Changes will be technical – it won't eliminate programs or overturn rulings or regulations.