H.R.2615 – Gulf Islands National Seashore Land Exchange Act of 2017

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H.R.2615 – Gulf Islands National Seashore Land Exchange Act of 2017


HR 2615 authorizes the National Park Service (NPS) to convey to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 5699 all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to a parcel of real property that is approximately 1.542 acres located within the Gulf Islands National Seashore in Jackson County, Mississippi, in exchange for a parcel of 2.161 acres.

The NPS shall require the Post to pay the costs incurred by the NPS to carry out such exchange (including survey costs, costs related to environmental documentation, and any other administrative costs related to the land exchange.) then the land will be administered as part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore.

(Full text of H.R. 2615 congress.gov)

SponsorRep. Palazzo, Steven M. [R-MS-4] (Introduced 05/23/2017)

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 expects that the properties to be exchanged are of roughly equal value and that any such payment would not exceed $500,000; such spending would be subject to the availability of appropriated funds. The bill would require the VFW to cover all administrative costs associated with the land exchange.

Pay-as-you-go requirements:  Enacting H.R. 2615 could affect direct spending; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Under the bill, if the NPS were to acquire land of a lower value than the federal land exchanged, the NPS could receive a cash payment to equalize the values; any such payments would be recorded as offsetting receipts, which are treated as reductions in direct spending. However, CBO estimates that any such payment would not exceed $500,000. Enacting H.R. 2615 would not affect revenues.

Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 2615 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA). The exchange authorized in the bill would have a small incidental effect on property taxes collected by local governments in Mississippi. That effect, however, would not result from an intergovernmental mandate as defined in the UMRA.

Dynamic Scoring:   CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 2615 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:  Data not available

Duplication of programs: Data not available

Direct Rule-Making:  Data not available

Advisory Committee Statement: Data not available

Budget Authority: Data not available

Constitutional Authority:   Assumed.


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