Summary: S.1896 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (11/09/1999)

Downtown Equity Act of 1999 - Amends the Public Buildings Act of 1959 to require the head of each Federal agency, in locating and relocating Federal facilities, to give first priority to central business areas, except when such location would: (1) materially compromise the agency's mission; or (2) not be economically prudent.

Directs the Administrator of General Services to study and report to Congress on the feasibility of establishing a system for: (1) assessing the costs of locating Federal facilities in rural areas as compared to urban areas, in central business areas of rural areas as compared to rural areas outside central business areas, and in central business areas of urban areas as compared to urban areas outside central business areas; (2) adjusting the absolute comparable costs to correct for the inherent differences in property values between rural areas and urban areas; and (3) assessing the impacts on land use, air quality and other environmental factors, and to historic preservation, in the location of Federal facilities.

Authorizes appropriations for FY 2001 and 2002.