[United States Statutes at Large, Volume 117, 108th Congress, 1st Session] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office, www.gpo.gov] 117 STAT. 1322]] Public Law 108-109 108th Congress An Act To provide for the establishment by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs of additional cemeteries in the National Cemetery Administration. [NOTE: Nov. 11, 2003 - [H.R. 1516]] Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress [NOTE: National Cemetery Expansion Act of 2003. 38 USC 2400 note.] assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``National Cemetery Expansion Act of 2003''. SEC. 2. ESTABLISHMENT OF NEW NATIONAL [NOTE: 38 USC 2400 note. Deadline.] CEMETERIES. (a) Establishment.--Not later than 4 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in accordance with chapter 24 of title 38, United States Code, shall establish six new national cemeteries. The new cemeteries shall be located in the following locations (those locations having been determined by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to be the most appropriate locations for new national cemeteries): (1) Southeastern Pennsylvania. (2) The Birmingham, Alabama, area. (3) The Jacksonville, Florida, area. (4) The Bakersfield, California, area. (5) The Greenville/Columbia, South Carolina, area. (6) The Sarasota County, Florida, area. (b) Funds.--Amounts appropriated for the Department of Veterans Affairs for any fiscal year after fiscal year 2003 for Advance Planning shall be available for the purposes of subsection (a). (c) Site Selection Process.--In determining the specific sites for the new cemeteries required by subsection (a) within the locations specified in that subsection, the Secretary shall solicit the advice and views of representatives of State and local veterans organizations and other individuals as the Secretary considers appropriate. (d) Initial Report.--Not [NOTE: Deadline.] later than 120 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report on the establishment of the national cemeteries required by subsection (a). The report shall-- (1) set forth a schedule for the establishment of each such cemetery and an estimate of the costs associated with the establishment of each such cemetery; and (2) identify the amount of Advance Planning Funds obligated for purposes of this section as of the submission of the report. (e) Annual Reports.--The Secretary shall submit to Congress an annual report on the implementation of this section until the [[Page 1323]] 117 STAT. 1323 establishment of all six cemeteries is completed and each such cemetery has opened. The Secretary shall include in each such annual report an update of the information provided under paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (d). (f) Definition of Southeastern Pennsylvania.--In this section, the term ``southeastern Pennsylvania'' means the city of Philadelphia and Berks County, Bucks County, Chester County, Delaware County, Philadelphia County, and Montgomery County in the State of Pennsylvania. Approved November 11, 2003. LEGISLATIVE HISTORY--H.R. 1516: --------------------------------------------------------------------------- HOUSE REPORTS: No. 108-199 (Comm. on Veterans' Affairs). SENATE REPORTS: No. 108-164 (Comm. on Veterans' Affairs). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 149 (2003): July 21, considered and passed House. Oct. 17, considered and passed Senate, amended. Oct. 29, House concurred in Senate amendments.