Summary

                            A bill to establish the 400 Years of African-American History Commission, and for other purposes.

Introduced in Senate
400 Years of African-American History Commission Act

This bill establishes the 400 Years of African-American History Commission to
develop and carry out activities throughout the United States to commemorate the
400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English colonies at Point
Comfort, Virginia, in 1619.

The commission must:

 * plan programs to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced
   racial discrimination had on the United States; 
 * encourage civic, patriotic, historical, educational, artistic, religious, and
   economic organizations to organize and participate in anniversary activities; 
 * assist states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the
   commemoration; and 
 * coordinate for the public scholarly research on the arrival of Africans in
   the United States and their contributions to this country. 

The commission may provide: (1) grants to communities and nonprofit
organizations for the development of programs; (2) grants to research and
scholarly organizations to research, publish, or distribute information relating
to the arrival of Africans in the United States; and (3) technical assistance to
states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration.

The commission must prepare a strategic plan and submit a final report to
Congress that contains a summary of its activities, an accounting of its
received and expended funds, and its recommendations.

The commission shall terminate on July 1, 2020.

Reported to Senate without amendment
(This measure has not been amended since it was introduced. The summary has been
expanded because action occurred on the measure.)

400 Years of African-American History Commission Act

(Sec. 3) This bill establishes the 400 Years of African-American History
Commission to develop and carry out activities throughout the United States to
commemorate the 400th anniversary of the arrival of Africans in the English
colonies at Point Comfort, Virginia, in 1619.

The commission must:

 * plan programs to acknowledge the impact that slavery and laws that enforced
   racial discrimination had on the United States; 
 * encourage civic, patriotic, historical, educational, artistic, religious, and
   economic organizations to organize and participate in anniversary activities; 
 * assist states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the
   commemoration; and 
 * coordinate for the public scholarly research on the arrival of Africans in
   the United States and their contributions to this country. 

(Sec. 5) The commission may provide: (1) grants to communities and nonprofit
organizations for the development of programs; (2) grants to research and
scholarly organizations to research, publish, or distribute information relating
to the arrival of Africans in the United States; and (3) technical assistance to
states, localities, and nonprofit organizations to further the commemoration.

(Sec. 7) The commission must prepare a strategic plan and submit a final report
to Congress that contains a summary of its activities, an accounting of its
received and expended funds, and its recommendations.

(Sec. 9) The commission shall terminate on July 1, 2020.



                        

Actions

  • Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 81.

    May 16th, 2017
  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Reported by Senator Murkowski without amendment. With written report No. 115-63.

    May 16th, 2017
  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Reported by Senator Murkowski without amendment. With written report No. 115-63.

    May 16th, 2017
  • Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably.

    Mar 30th, 2017
  • Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. (Sponsor introductory remarks on measure: CR S1219)

    Feb 15th, 2017
  • Introduced in Senate

    Feb 15th, 2017