Summary: H.R.3171 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Reported to House with amendment(s) (04/13/2000)

National Health Museum Site Selection Act - Authorizes the Administrator of General Services to identify a parcel of excess real property in the District of Columbia to be conveyed to the National Health Museum, Inc., subject to the written concurrence of the Museum, to provide a site for the construction and operation of a new building to serve as the Museum.

Prohibits any part of the property from being used for lobbying activities for 99 years.

Sets forth provisions regarding the purchase price for the property and requires that the net proceeds from the conveyance be deposited into, administered, and expended as part of the Federal Buildings Fund.

Conditions such conveyance on the Administrator receiving satisfactory assurances that the Museum: (1) will establish, operate, and maintain a satellite museum on Ellis Island, New Jersey, for the same purposes and subject to the same limitations as the Museum and will, within a prescribed period, commence construction of such satellite museum and renovation of a National Park Service (NPS) facility and will pay operation and maintenance costs of such facility; or (2) has entered into an agreement to take occupancy of an NPS facility that has been renovated by the NPS and will pay all rents for such facility.

Provides for reversion of the property to the United States and repayment of the Museum if construction and operation requirements are not met or if use or status restrictions are violated.

Permits the Museum, after the conveyance of property under this Act, to: (1) demolish or renovate any existing or future improvement on the property; (2) build, own, operate, and maintain new improvements on the property; (3) finance and mortgage the property on customary terms and conditions; and (4) manage the property.

Requires the United States to cooperate with the Museum on any zoning or other administrative matter relating to the development or improvement of the property, or the demolition of any improvement.

Requires the costs of remediation of any environmental hazards existing on the property before the date of the conveyance of the property under this Act, including all asbestos-containing materials, to be borne by the United States.

Requires the Museum to submit annual reports on the Museum's status to the Administrator and appropriate congressional committees.