H.R.2582 – Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act

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H.R.2582 – Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act


“This bill allows the state of Utah to select certain lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the Department of the Interior that are identified as available for disposal by land exchange in the Record of Decision for the Pony Express Resource Management Plan and Rangeland Program Summary for Utah County, as amended by the Pony Express Plan Amendment (November 1997), in fulfillment of certain land grants made to Utah upon being admitted as a state, including for the establishment of certain state institutions, including certain local schools, under the Act of July 16, 1894, without further land use planning action by the BLM.” – crs

The Utah Enabling Act (28 Stat. 107), passed in 1894, granted Utah the right to select public lands for the support and benefit of state institutions, including an agricultural college (now Utah State University), in addition to the more familiar school land grants. Lands granted to Utah under this Act are managed by the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (SITLA), which is an independent state agency that manages Utah’s 3.4 million acres of trust lands.\1\ These trust lands generate revenue primarily through resource extraction and real estate sales.

Several thousand acres of unfulfilled selection rights are currently outstanding. In 1998, SITLA filed an application with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to select 444.05 acres of BLM land near the City of Eagle Mountain in Utah County for the benefit of the Utah State University land trust. This selection application was subsequently modified to add an additional 80 acres near the City of Saratoga Springs.

(Dissenting Views)

(Full text of H.R. 2582 congress.gov)

Sponsor:  Rep. Love, Mia B. [R-UT-4] (Introduced 05/22/2017)

Status:  Passed House /



On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.

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Cost to the taxpayers:  No discernible cost.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Data not available

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 2582 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and would benefit the state of Utah and local governments by expediting the transfer of federal lands to the state. The transfer could increase revenue from resource development on state trust lands; those revenues are used to fund public schools in Utah. Any costs incurred by the state of Utah or local governments associated would result from voluntary commitments.

Dynamic Scoring:       CBO estimates that enacting the bill would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.

Tax Complexity:  Not applicable to this bill.

Earmark Certification:  This bill does not contain any Congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined under clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI of the Rules of the House of Representatives.

Duplication of programs: This bill does not establish or reauthorize a program of the federal government known to be duplicative of another program.

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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