S.1534 - Rural Post Office and Community Preservation Act of 2003108th Congress (2003-2004)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Reid, Harry [D-NV] (Introduced 07/31/2003)|
|Committees:||Senate - Governmental Affairs|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 07/31/2003 Read twice and referred to the Committee on Governmental Affairs. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in Senate (07/31/2003)
[Congressional Bills 108th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. 1534 Introduced in Senate (IS)] 1st Session S. 1534 To limit the closing and consolidation of certain post offices in rural communities, and for other purposes. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES July 31 (legislative day, July 21), 2003 Mr. Reid introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Governmental AffairsYYYYYYYYYYYYYY _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To limit the closing and consolidation of certain post offices in rural communities, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Rural Post Office and Community Preservation Act of 2003''. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. (a) Findings.--Congress finds that-- (1) a 1993 study by the National Trust for Historic Preservation found that approximately 80 percent of people in small communities plan their trips around a visit to a post office; (2) the Postal Service is increasingly closing small, rural post offices in the center of town and replacing such services with more distant post offices on the outskirts of such communities; and (3) closing post offices in the centers of small, rural communities removes the hub of such communities and has a deleterious effect on the economies and quality of life in such communities. (b) Purpose.--It is the purpose of this Act to limit the closure of centrally located rural post offices, and to enhance the economic health and quality of life of rural communities. SEC. 3. MAINTAINING CENTRALLY LOCATED RURAL POST OFFICES. Section 404(b) of title 39, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following: ``(3)(A) In this paragraph, the term `rural community' means a city, town, or unincorporated area with a population of not more than 20,000 people. ``(B) The Postal Service may not make a determination to close or consolidate a post office in a rural community, unless the Postal Service makes a determination that such closing or consolidation will have a positive economic impact on that community and enhance the quality of life in that community. ``(C) In making a determination under subparagraph (B), the Postal Service shall presume that the relocation of a centrally located post office in a rural community to the boundaries of that community will have a negative economic impact on that community and will not enhance the quality of life in that community. ``(D) If the Postal Service makes a determination to close or consolidate a post office in a rural community, the Postal Service shall develop a plan, in consultation with people in the rural community, to provide for the rehabilitation and use of the post office for purposes favored by the people of that community. Such plan shall be developed before the closing or consolidation takes effect.''. SEC. 4. GRANTS FOR REHABILITATION OF POST OFFICES IN RURAL COMMUNITIES. (a) Definition.--In this section, the term `rural community' means a city, town, or unincorporated area with a population of not more than 20,000 people. (b) Grants.--The Postal Service may award grants to State and local governments, private organizations, or individuals to provide for the rehabilitation of any closed post office in a rural community. (c) Authorization of Appropriations.--There are authorized to be appropriated $10,000,000 for each of fiscal years 2003 through 2007 to carry out this section. SEC. 5. TRANSFER OF CLOSED POST OFFICE IN ELY, NEVADA. The Postal Service shall transfer the real property (including all buildings and improvements) located at 415 5th Street in Ely, Nevada, and occupied by the closed post office, to the local county government of Ely County, Nevada. <all>