[House Report 111-245]
[From the U.S. Government Printing Office]


111th Congress                                                   Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session                                                    111-245

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             ALTO LEE ADAMS, SR., UNITED STATES COURTHOUSE

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 September 8, 2009.--Referred to the House Calendar and ordered to be 
                                printed

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Mr. Oberstar, from the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, 
                        submitted the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 3193]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

      The Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, to 
whom was referred the bill (H.R. 3193) to designate the United 
States courthouse under construction at 101 South United States 
Route 1 in Fort Pierce, Florida, as the ``Alto Lee Adams, Sr., 
United States Courthouse'', having considered the same, report 
favorably thereon without amendment and recommend that the bill 
do pass.

                       PURPOSE OF THE LEGISLATION

    H.R. 3193 designates the United States courthouse under 
construction at 101 South United States Route 1 in Fort Pierce, 
Florida, as the ``Alto Lee Adams, Sr., United States 
Courthouse''.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    Alto Lee Adams, Sr. was born and raised in Walton County, 
Florida, and graduated from the University of Florida Law 
School in 1921. After practicing law in Fort Pierce County for 
14 years, Judge Adams was appointed to the Florida state 
circuit court in 1938.
    In 1940, Florida citizens voted for the creation of a 
seventh seat on the State Supreme Court. Then-Governor Cone 
appointed Judge Adams to the State's highest court. He served 
on the Florida Supreme Court until 1951, the last two years as 
the Chief Justice. During this time, Justice Adams authored one 
of his most highly-regarded decisions in Taylor v. State, which 
illustrated Justice Adams' dedication to civil rights. He wrote 
that ``[a]s to the relative rights and duties, the law makes no 
[racial] distinction.'' Justice Adams also continually 
advocated for individual property rights over the Federal 
Government's power of eminent domain. In 1967, then-Governor 
Kirk re-appointed Justice Adams to the State Supreme Court, 
where he remained on the court until his mandatory retirement 
in 1968.
    Throughout his legal career, Justice Adams co-authored a 
book and wrote several articles regarding legal history and 
philosophy. His 13 years of service on the Florida State 
Supreme Court are marked by his fairness on the bench.
    He was also an active member of his community serving as 
President of the Florida State Elks Association and as Vice 
Chair of the State Welfare Board.
    Because of Judge Adam's exemplary career in public service, 
it is fitting to designate the United States Courthouse under 
construction at 101 South United States Route 1 in Fort Pierce, 
Florida, as the ``Alto Lee Adams, Sr., United States 
Courthouse''.

                       SUMMARY OF THE LEGISLATION

Section 1. Designation

    Section 1 designates the United States courthouse under 
construction at 101 South United States Route 1 in Fort Pierce, 
Florida as the ``Alto Lee Adams, Sr., United States 
Courthouse''.

Sec. 2. References

    Section 2 indicates that any reference in a law, map, 
regulation, document, paper, or other record of the United 
States to the United States courthouse referred to in section 1 
shall be deemed to be a reference to the ``Alto Lee Adams, Sr., 
United States Courthouse ''.

            LEGISLATIVE HISTORY AND COMMITTEE CONSIDERATION

    On July 13, 2009, Representative Tom Rooney introduced H.R. 
3193. This bill has not been introduced in a previous Congress. 
On July 30, 2009, the Committee on Transportation and 
Infrastructure met in open session, and ordered the bill 
reported favorably to the House by voice vote with a quorum 
present.

                              RECORD VOTES

    Clause 3(b) of rule XIII of the House of Representatives 
requires each committee report to include the total number of 
votes cast for and against on each record vote on a motion to 
report and on any amendment offered to the measure or matter, 
and the names of those members voting for and against. There 
were no recorded votes taken in connection with consideration 
of H.R. 3193 or ordering the bill reported. A motion to order 
H.R. 3193 reported favorably to the House was agreed to by 
voice vote with a quorum present.

                      COMMITTEE OVERSIGHT FINDINGS

    With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(1) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee's oversight findings and recommendations are 
reflected in this report.

                          COST OF LEGISLATION

    Clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives does not apply where a cost estimate and 
comparison prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office under section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974 has been timely submitted prior to the filing of the 
report and is included in the report. Such a cost estimate is 
included in this report.

                    COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XIII

    1. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(2) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, and 
section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the 
Committee references the report of the Congressional Budget 
Office included in the report.
    2. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(4) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
performance goals and objective of this legislation are to 
designate the United States Courthouse under construction at 
101 South United States Route 1 in Fort Pierce, Florida, as the 
``Alto Lee Adams, Sr., United States Courthouse''.
    3. With respect to the requirement of clause 3(c)(3) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
section 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the 
Committee has received the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 3193 
from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office.

                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                     Washington, DC, July 31, 2009.
Hon. James L. Oberstar,
Chairman, Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
reviewed the following legislation ordered reported by the 
House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on July 
30, 2009:
     H.R. 2423, a bill to designate the federal 
building and United States courthouse located at 1300 Victoria 
Street in Laredo, Texas, as the ``George P. Kazen Federal 
Building and United States Courthouse'';
     H.R. 2913, a bill to designate the United States 
courthouse located at 301 Simonton Street in Key West, Florida, 
as the ``Sidney M. Aronovitz United States Courthouse''; and
     H.R. 3193, a bill to designate the United States 
courthouse under construction at 101 South United States Route 
1 in Fort Pierce, Florida, as the ``Alto Lee Adams, Sr., United 
States Courthouse.''
    CBO estimates that enacting those pieces of legislation 
would have no significant impact on the federal budget and 
would not affect direct spending or revenues. The bills contain 
no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in 
the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would impose no costs on 
state, local, or tribal governments.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Matthew 
Pickford.
             Sincerely,
                                         Robert A. Sunshine
                              (For Douglas W. Elmendorf, Director).

                     COMPLIANCE WITH HOUSE RULE XXI

    Pursuant to clause 9 of rule XXI of the Rules of the House 
of Representatives, H.R. 3193 does not contain any 
congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff 
benefits as defined in clause 9(d), 9(e), and 9(f) of rule XXI 
of the Rules of the House of Representatives.

                   CONSTITUTIONAL AUTHORITY STATEMENT

    Pursuant to clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the Rules of the 
House of Representatives, committee reports on a bill or joint 
resolution of a public character shall include a statement 
citing the specific powers granted to the Congress in the 
Constitution to enact the measure. The Committee on 
Transportation and Infrastructure finds that Congress has the 
authority to enact this measure pursuant to its powers granted 
under article I, section 8 of the Constitution.

                       FEDERAL MANDATES STATEMENT

    The Committee adopts as its own the estimate of Federal 
mandates prepared by the Director of the Congressional Budget 
Office pursuant to section 423 of the Unfunded Mandates Reform 
Act (P.L. 104-4).

                        PREEMPTION CLARIFICATION

    Section 423 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974 
requires the report of any Committee on a bill or joint 
resolution to include a statement on the extent to which the 
bill or joint resolution is intended to preempt State, local, 
or tribal law. The Committee states that H.R. 3193 does not 
preempt any State, local, or tribal law.

                      ADVISORY COMMITTEE STATEMENT

    No advisory committees within the meaning of section 5(b) 
of the Federal Advisory Committee Act are created by this 
legislation.

                APPLICABILITY TO THE LEGISLATIVE BRANCH

    The Committee finds that the legislation does not relate to 
the terms and conditions of employment or access to public 
services or accommodations within the meaning of section 
102(b)(3) of the Congressional Accountability Act (P.L. 104-1).

         CHANGES IN EXISTING LAW MADE BY THE BILL, AS REPORTED

    H.R. 3193 makes no changes in existing law.