WASHINGTON — The House on Monday approved legislation to create a national historic site within a 650-acre preservation district in former President Jimmy Carter's hometown of Plains, Ga.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Richard Ray (D-Ga.), was passed by a voice vote and sent to the Senate, where a similar bill died last year because there was not enough time for a hearing.
It would authorize the National Park Service to acquire Carter's current and boyhood homes, land across from his current home, the now-abandoned Plains High School and the railroad depot, which was Carter's campaign headquarters.
Under the legislation, the park service could spend no more than $3.5 million to acquire and develop the historic site. It also requires that at least 40% of the costs of renovating the high school come from non-federal sources.