[108th Congress Public Law 94]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]

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Public Law 108-94
108th Congress

                                 An Act

To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of Coltsville 
in the State of Connecticut for potential inclusion in the National Park 
               System. <<NOTE: Oct. 3, 2003 -  [S. 233]>> 

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress <<NOTE: Coltsville Study Act of 
2003.>> assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ``Coltsville Study Act of 2003''.


    Congress finds that--
            (1) Hartford, <<NOTE: Colt Manufacturing 
        Company.>> Connecticut, home to Colt Manufacturing Company 
        (referred to in this Act as ``Colt''), played a major role in 
        the Industrial Revolution;
            (2) Samuel Colt, founder of Colt, and his wife, Elizabeth 
        Colt, inspired Coltsville, a community in the State of 
        Connecticut that flourished during the Industrial Revolution and 
        included Victorian mansions, an open green area, botanical 
        gardens, and a deer park;
            (3) the residence of Samuel and Elizabeth Colt in Hartford, 
        Connecticut, known as ``Armsmear'', is a national historic 
        landmark, and the distinctive Colt factory is a prominent 
        feature of the Hartford, Connecticut, skyline;
            (4) the Colt legacy is not only about firearms, but also 
        about industrial innovation and the development of technology 
        that would change the way of life in the United States, 
                    (A) the development of telegraph technology; and
                    (B) advancements in jet engine technology by Francis 
                Pratt and Amos Whitney, who served as apprentices at 
            (5) Coltsville--
                    (A) set the standard for excellence during the 
                Industrial Revolution; and
                    (B) continues to prove significant--
                          (i) as a place in which people of the United 
                      States can learn about that important period in 
                      history; and
                          (ii) by reason of the close proximity of 
                      Coltsville to the Mark Twain House, Trinity 
                      College, Old North Cemetery, and many historic 
                      homesteads and architecturally renowned buildings;
            (6) in 1998, the National Park Service conducted a special 
        resource reconnaissance study of the Connecticut River Valley to 
        evaluate the significance of precision manufacturing sites; and

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            (7) the report on the study stated that--
                    (A) no other region of the United States contains an 
                equal concentration of resources relating to the 
                precision manufacturing theme that began with firearms 
                    (B) properties relating to precision manufacturing 
                encompass more than merely factories; and
                    (C) further study, which should be undertaken, may 
                recommend inclusion of churches and other social 


    (a) In General.--Not <<NOTE: Deadline.>> later than 3 years after 
the date on which funds are made available to carry out this Act, the 
Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this Act as the ``Secretary'') 
shall complete a study of the site in the State of Connecticut commonly 
known as ``Coltsville'' to evaluate--
            (1) the national significance of the site and surrounding 
            (2) the suitability and feasibility of designating the site 
        and surrounding area as a unit of the National Park System; and
            (3) the importance of the site to the history of precision 

    (b) Applicable Law.--The study required under subsection (a) shall 
be conducted in accordance with Public Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-1 et 

SEC. 4. <<NOTE: Deadline.>> REPORT.

    Not later than 30 days after the date on which the study under 
section 3(a) is completed, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee 
on Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy 
and Natural Resources of the Senate a report that describes--
            (1) the findings of the study; and
            (2) any conclusions and recommendations of the Secretary.


    There are authorized to be appropriated such sums as are necessary 
to carry out this Act.

    Approved October 3, 2003.


HOUSE REPORTS: No. 108-252 (Comm. on Resources).
SENATE REPORTS: No. 108-9 (Comm. on Energy and Natural Resources).
            Mar. 4, considered and passed Senate.
            Sept. 23, considered and passed House.