Week ending November 3, 2017
H.R.2941 – Kisatchie National Forest Land Conveyance Act
‘The Kisatchie National Forest Land Conveyance Act conveys certain National Forest System land within the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana.’
The U.S. Forest Service (USFS) currently owns tracts of land in Louisiana that are inter-mixed with private land and heavily impacted by residences. These tracts have lost their natural qualities and are isolated from the core lands of Kisatchie National Forest. This fragmentation and urbanization leaves the land incompatible with National Forest management. The Committee believes managing these tracts for public benefit and use is a poor use of taxpayer money.
The bill authorizes the Secretary to convey 80 acres of land within the Kisatchie National Forest, requires the Secretary to convey a portion of the land to Collins Camp Properties, allows the Secretary to configure the land to maximize marketability or achieve management objectives, further allows the Secretary to establish terms and conditions for the conveyance. The bill also requires cash consideration in an amount equal to the fair market value, establishes the process by which fair market value is determined, and requires the Secretary to meet disclosure requirements for hazardous substances, but not to remediate or abate the substances.
Camp Collins Properties would have the right of first purchase to 50 acres of the affected lands, which contain more than 30 recreational residences.
In disposing of the occupied lots with some minor acreage of adjacent federal land, the USFS eliminates administrative and boundary maintenance costs. USFS would then be able to use the proceeds to identify and purchase land with recreational qualities that is more conducive to National Forest management.
(Full text of H.R. 2941 congress.gov)
Sponsor: Rep. Abraham, Ralph Lee [R-LA-5] (Introduced 06/20/2017)
Status: Passed House /
VOTES and FLOOR ACTION
On Passage: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote.
Motion to recommit:
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COST AND IMPACT
Cost to the taxpayers: CBO estimates that the Forest Service would sell between 50 and 80 acres of land at an average value of a little less than $4,000 an acre. That sale would increase offsetting receipts, which are treated as reductions in direct spending, by less than $300,000. Under current law, the affected lands are expected to generate offsetting receipts totaling about $30,000 a year from fees paid by owners of recreational residences. Thus, CBO estimates that selling those lands also would reduce offsetting receipts by the same amount, about $300,000, over the next 10 years.
Pay-as-you-go requirements: Because enacting the bill would affect direct spending, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. However, CBO estimates that the net change in direct spending would not be significant over the 2018-2027 period. Enacting the bill would not affect revenues.
Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 2941 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
Dynamic Scoring: CBO estimates that enacting the legislation would not significantly 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: H.R. 2941 does not contain any congressional earmarks, limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined in clause 9(e), 9(f), or 9(g) of rule XXI of the Rules of the House Representatives.
Duplication of programs: This bill does not establish or reauthorize a program of the Federal Government known to be duplicative of another Federal program
Direct Rule-Making: The Committee does not believe that the legislation directs an executive branch official to conduct any specific rule making proceedings within the meaning of 5 U.S.C. 551.
Advisory Committee Statement: No advisory committee within the meaning of section 5(b) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act was created by this legislation.
Budget Authority: Data not available
Constitutional Authority: Assumed.
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