The Senate Energy & Natural Resources Committee approved 19 public lands bills on Thursday, March 14. Two involve lands in the Mid-Atlantic. View the list at http://www.energy.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/democratic-news?ID=da1011e9-6b47-4aff-8fbd-b164bd81ba6a.
The committee approved both S. 230 to authorize a Peace Corps memorial in or near Washington DC and S. 247 to authorize creation of two parks to honor abolitionist and Underground Railroad leader Harriet Tubman. One of the parks would go on Maryland's Eastern Shore and the other in Auburn, NY.
For details on the bills, see the stories linked to below.
The Peace Corps bill passed as written. But the committee added an amendment to the Tubman bill that would move $24 million from water resource development to pay for land needed to create the parks.
The New York park would be called the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park. The one that could get spread out at various historically significant sites in Maryland's Caroline, Dorchester and Talbot counties would get named the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad National Historical Park.