H.R.1306 – Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act

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H.R.1306 – Western Oregon Tribal Fairness Act


“H.R. 1306 would convey federally owned portions of Oregon and California Railroad grant lands in the state of Oregon to local Indian tribes—about 17,500 acres to the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians and about 14,700 acres to the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians. The bill would then require that the Department of the Interior (DOI) locate a similar amount of land in the public domain and reclassify that land as Oregon and California Railroad grant land. Finally, the bill would amend how the federal government manages forest land held in trust for the benefit of the Coquille Tribe of Coos County, Oregon.

“Under current law, the lands specified for conveyance generate federal receipts from the sale of timber, which are treated a reductions in direct spending; those receipts are not available to be spent without further appropriation. The government currently retains about 50 percent of the total receipts earned from Oregon and California Railroad grant lands and 96 percent of receipts earned on lands in the public domain. Thus, conveying the land to the tribes and reclassifying other federal lands would reduce such receipts and increase direct spending.” – cbo

 (Full text of H.R. 1306 at congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep. DeFazio, Peter A. [D-OR-4] (Introduced 03/02/2017)

Status: Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote

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Cost to the taxpayersCBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1306 would increase net direct spending by $5 million over the 2018-2027 period

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Those changes in outlays, which are subject to pay-as-you-go procedures

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 1306 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act. The bill would benefit the Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe and the Confederate Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw Indians by transferring federal land into trust for those tribes.

Dynamic Scoring: Enacting H.R. 1306 would not affect revenues and implementing the bill would have no significant effect on spending subject to appropriation.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  no earmarks

Duplication of programs: None

Direct Rule-Making:  None

Advisory Committee Statement: None created

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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