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Every Kid Outdoors Act
This bill directs the Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, and the Army to establish the Every Kids Outdoors program to provide fourth graders free access to federal lands and waters to which the public has access.
Such Departments shall issue such students annual passes, upon request, which shall allow free access to:
In carrying out such program, such departments:
Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To establish an Every Kid Outdoors program, and for other purposes.
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,
This Act may be cited as the “Every Kid Outdoors Act”.
In this Act:
(1) FEDERAL LAND AND WATERS.—The term “Federal land and waters” means any Federal land or body of water under the jurisdiction of any of the Secretaries to which the public has access.
(2) PROGRAM.—The term “program” means the Every Kid Outdoors program established under section 3(a).
(i) the Director of the National Park Service;
(ii) the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service;
(iii) the Director of the Bureau of Land Management; and
(iv) the Commissioner of Reclamation;
(B) the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service;
(C) the Secretary of Commerce, acting through the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration; and
(D) the Secretary of the Army, acting through the Chief of Engineers of the Corps of Engineers.
(4) STATE.—The term “State” means each of the several States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands of the United States, and any other territory or possession of the United States.
(5) STUDENT OR STUDENTS.—The term “student” or “students” means any fourth grader or home-schooled learner 10 years of age residing in the United States, including any territory or possession of the United States.
(a) Establishment.—The Secretaries shall jointly establish a program, to be known as the “Every Kid Outdoors program”, to provide free access to Federal land and waters for students and accompanying individuals in accordance with this section.
(1) IN GENERAL.—At the request of a student, the Secretaries shall issue a pass to the student, which allows access to Federal lands and waters for which access is subject to an entrance, standard amenity, or day use fee, free of charge for the student and—
(i) any passengers accompanying the student in a private, noncommercial vehicle; or
(ii) not more than three adults accompanying the student on bicycles; or
(B) in the case of a per-person fee area, not more than three adults accompanying the student.
(2) TERM.—A pass described in paragraph (1) shall be effective during the period beginning on September 1 and ending on August 31 of the following year.
(3) PRESENCE OF A STUDENT IN GRADE FOUR REQUIRED.—A pass described in paragraph (1) shall be effective only if the student to which the pass was issued is present at the point of entry to the applicable Federal land or water.
(1) may collaborate with State Park systems that opt to implement a complementary Every Kid Outdoors State park pass;
(2) may coordinate with the Secretary of Education to implement the program;
(3) shall maintain a publicly available website with information about the program;
(4) may provide visitor services for the program; and
(5) may support approved partners of the Federal land and waters by providing the partners with opportunities to participate in the program.
(1) the implementation of the program;
(2) the number and geographical distribution of students who participated in the program; and
(3) the number of passes described in subsection (b)(1) that were distributed.
(e) Sunset.—The authorities provided in this Act, including the reporting requirement, shall expire on the date that is 7 years after the date of enactment of this Act.
Passed the House of Representatives September 12, 2018.
|Attest:||karen l. haas,|