In the House of Representatives
Representative Zachary Wong introduced the following bill which was referred to the Committee on ______________________
Section 1: The purpose of the bill is to provide protection as well as funding for restoration of all historical buildings in the
Section 2: The Congress hereby finds and declares that during the post World War II years, the
It shall be recognized that all public buildings and some private buildings hold historical value. Known that within the past 230 years, many historical events have occurred all over this nation including those that may have happened during critical times in this nation i.e. the Civil War, the Great Depression, et al. Buildings such as Penn Station in New York city were masterpieces of the Beaux-arts movement wound up being torn down by financially struggling companies. Such activities led to private movements to protect buildings. Politically significant buildings are no exception such as the Freedom tower in Miami, Florida which provided a safe haven for people who had managed to escape the Castro reign of the late 1950s. The building was marked for demolition to be turned into condominiums but however due to much protest, the building was spared and the condominiums built in front of it. The Larkin Administration building of
It is known that buildings of past eras give cities an appeal as well as a unique character. The structural and aesthetic parts of these buildings are also important to
It is recognized that buildings of the past need to be protected for the future. The
Although the damage of many historic buildings is irreversible, there is still time to preserve whatever buildings are left to hold American history intact through its buildings. This bill identifies the necessity of providing protection for all historically designated and/or significant buildings by providing local, state or national certification as well as funding and basic guidelines on restoration of buildings for future Americans. Through the problems identified and recognized in §2, it is necessary to pass the following bill to ensure the preservation of American heritage, culture and history.
Section 3: Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
(1.) In general: There is established within the Department of the Interior an office to be known as the Building Preservation Administration (in this section hear after to be referred to as the “Preservation Administration”)
(2.) Headed by: The Preservation Administration shall be formed as a new agency in the Department of the Interior.
(3.) Purpose: The purpose of the Preservation Administration is to maintain and regulate records of all buildings as defined as “Historic”. As well as providing funds to private owners to maintain historic properties to ensure the character of local regions. The Preservation Administration also will serve as a central office of all State historic councils.
(B.) Administration of Funds
(1.) Process: Under the direction of the Preservation Administration, Each state shall form a council of no less than 15 persons to be known as the State Historical Council. In turn, each county or designated jurisdiction shall form a Sub State Historical Council with no less than 7 persons each. The Sub State Historical Council shall process local applications for certification to receive funding from the county in which certification is applied for. Should the Sub State Historical Council find that a building applying for certification is of State significance, the building will receive funds from both state and the jurisdiction certification was applied for. Should the building in question be significant on a national level, the building will receive funding on the national and state levels.
(2.) Certification: For owners to receive any federal or state funds for restoration, the property in question must undergo certification
(a.) Administration of Certification: Property owners must apply for certification for funding. A copy of the certificate must be posted in a visible and public area of the property if undergoing renovations.
(b.) Regional Level: Building owners must apply for regional certification before receiving any federal funds.
(c.) State Level: Should a regional applicant find that his or her property is if state importance, the regional application will move onto the State Historical Preservation Council where it will be determined if the applicant should receive state or regional funding.
(d.) National Level: Should a building be found of national importance, the owner of the property must either turn over the property with just compensation to be maintained by federal personnel, or apply for national certification and keep the property.
(3.) Budget: This bill will cost approximately 2 billion dollars per annum and shall be distributed among states and distributed further by a state council for restoration of buildings. Funding will come from federal income taxes. States shall be allowed to issue parcel taxes which also will provide funding for the bill.
(a.) Distribution of Funds: Among the Preservation Administration and State administration, the 2 billion dollar budget will be distributed as follows
(i.) 1.2 billion dollars will be distributed among States for redistribution among counties and or jurisdictions.
(ii.) 500 million dollars will be maintained by the Preservation Administration when the use of eminent domain is required.
(iii.) 200 million dollars will fund for the upkeep of currently registered national and state historical buildings
(iv.) 100 million dollars will provide salaries for workers and employees working under the services of the administration
(b.) Determining the allotment of money for a building.
(i.) If a building is found to be of regional and/or state significance, the property owners shall be entitled to the allotment of 5,000 dollars
(ii.) If a building is found to be of national significance, the property owners shall be entitled to the allotment of 10,000 dollars
(iii.) If a building not of significance, but of historical merit has received local and/or state certification, it is entitled to a graded allotment system. The building in question shall be inspected by a local committee of no less than 3 persons holding civic positions. The committee shall determine based on condition and significance how much shall be allotted.
(1.) Incentive to comply: The Preservation Administration and/or State Preservation Administrations shall make it known public of incentives in complying with regulations of building preservation.
(2.) Outsider Incentives: If in the case where a building without proper certification or visible certification goes under massive restoration such as demolition, State administrations shall offer small incentives to reporters of “non-comply” renovations.
(a.) Should it be found that the outsider incentive system is abused; the person of the abusive nature shall be punished by government under the full extent of the law.
(3.) Failure to Comply or Refusal to Comply: If in the case where a property owner refuses to either certify, or is certified and fails to meet expectations of the administration, under Eminent Domain, the property in question shall be purchased at or above market value, from the incumbent owner and sold to someone who is found of good character and willing to comply with restoration regulations.
(D.) Date Effective
(1.) Should the bill come to pass, it shall become valid at noon on the first day of the next month in the year it was passed in.
(E.) Date Ineffective
(1.) Should this bill be surpassed by a more effective bill, this bill shall be rendered null and void only with the consent of at least a one half majority in both houses. As well as being authorized as null and void by the incumbent president.