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H.R. 7049 - Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp Act of 2018

Sponsor: Tim Walberg (R)
Introduced: 2018-10-09
Bill Status: Referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 7049


    To provide for the issuance of a Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 9, 2018

    Mr. Walberg (for himself and Mr. Ryan of Ohio) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and in addition to the Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Natural Resources, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

    To provide for the issuance of a Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp.

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

SECTION 1. Short title; findings.

(a) Short title.—This Act may be cited as the “Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp Act of 2018”.

(b) Findings.—The Congress finds the following:

(1) The Great Lakes consist of Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, Lake Ontario, and Lake Superior, and border the States of Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Pennsylvania, and New York.

(2) The Great Lakes watershed provides habitats for numerous fascinating species of wildlife.

(3) The Great Lakes have exceptional surrounding parks, forests, shorelines, and islands, which are a source of recreation through swimming, hiking, picnics, boating, fishing, hunting, and wildlife watching.

(4) The Great Lakes region is currently home to 27 million people.

(5) The Great Lakes are the largest surface freshwater system on Earth, with over 20 percent of the world's fresh water supply.

(6) The Great Lakes are the source of drinking water for over 40 million people and 56 billion gallons of water a day for municipal, industrial, and agricultural use.

(7) The Great Lakes are vital for the region's economy, attracting tourism and providing transportation for goods.

(8) The Great Lakes region's environment and economy depend on the health and well-being of the Great Lakes.

(9) The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has played a critical role in restoring the Great Lakes.

(10) The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is vital in combating the introduction of invasive species into the Great Lakes.

(11) The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative is pivotal in mitigating harmful algal blooms.

(12) The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has restored over 250,000 acres of habitat.

SEC. 2. Great Lakes Restoration Stamp.

(a) In general.—In order to afford a convenient way for members of the public to contribute to funding for the operations supported by the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, as described under the fourth undesignated paragraph under the heading “Administrative Provisions, Environmental Protection Agency” in Public Law 111–88 (123 Stat. 2938; commonly known as the “Interior Department and Further Continuing Appropriations Act for Fiscal Year 2010”), the United States Postal Service shall issue a semipostal stamp (referred to in this Act as the “Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp”) in accordance with the provisions of this section.

(b) Cost.—The Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp shall be offered at a cost equal to the cost of mailing a letter weighing 1 ounce or less at the nonautomation single-piece first-ounce letter rate, in effect at the time of purchase, plus a differential of not less than 25 percent.

(c) Other terms and conditions.—The issuance and sale of the Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp shall be governed by the provisions of section 416 of title 39, United States Code, and regulations issued under such section, subject to subsection (b) and the following:

(1) DISPOSITION OF PROCEEDS.—

(A) IN GENERAL.—All amounts becoming available from the sale of the Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp shall be transferred to the Environmental Protection Agency for the purpose of funding the operations of the Initiative described in subsection (a), through payments which shall be made at least twice a year.

(B) PROCEEDS NOT TO BE OFFSET.—In accordance with section 416(d)(4) of such title 39, amounts becoming available from the sale of the Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp (as so determined) shall not be taken into account in any decision relating to the level of appropriations or other Federal funding to be furnished in any year to the Initiative identified in subsection (a).

(2) DURATION.—The Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp shall be made available to the public for a period of at least 5 years, beginning no later than 12 months after the date of the enactment of this Act.

(3) STAMP DEPICTIONS.—Stamps issued under this Act shall depict images of each of the five Great Lakes.

(4) LIMITATION.—The Great Lakes Restoration Semipostal Stamp shall not be subject to, or taken into account for purposes of applying, any limitation under section 416(e)(1)(C) of such title 39.

(d) Definition.—For purposes of this Act, the term “semipostal stamp” refers to a stamp described in section 416(a)(1) of title 39, United States Code.


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