- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) - Sens. John Thune and Mike Rounds say the U.S. Senate has approved a permanent land transfer to expand Black Hills National Cemetery.

The legislation will transfer about 200 acres of Bureau of Land Management land to expand the cemetery. It was adopted as part of a larger amendment to the bipartisan Energy Policy Modernization Act.

Under current law, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act limits such transfers to a lifespan of 20 years. The Black Hills National Cemetery Boundary Expansion Act would make this transfer permanent.

The senators say that the land transfer guarantees that generations of South Dakota veterans will be able to rest peacefully and that the state has a solemn resting place for its military heroes.

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