Week ending December 1, 2017
H.R.3905 – Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act
H.R. 3905 congressional approval of any mineral withdrawal or monument designation involving the National Forest System lands in the State of Minnesota, to provide for the renewal of certain mineral leases in such lands.
Minerals within the National Forest System lands in the State of Minnesota shall not be subject to withdrawal from disposition under United States mineral and geothermal leasing law unless the withdrawal is specifically approved by an Act of Congress enacted after the date of the enactment of this Act.
All mineral leases issued within the exterior boundaries of National Forest System lands in the State of Minnesota under the authority of the Act of June 30, 1950 (16 U.S.C. 508b), or section 402 of Reorganization Plan No. 3 of 1946 (5 U.S.C. App.), are indeterminate preference right leases that—
(A) shall be issued for an initial 20-year period; and
(B) as provided in paragraph (2), shall be renewable after the period described in subparagraph (A) for 10-year renewal periods.
No extension or establishment of national monuments on National Forest System lands in the State of Minnesota may be undertaken except by express authorization of Congress.
The Secretary of the Interior may suspend operations under a lease when the lease can only be operated at a loss due to market conditions; or operations are interrupted by strikes.
(Full text of H.R. 3905 congress.gov)
Sponsor: Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] (Introduced 10/02/2017)
Status: Passed House /
VOTES and FLOOR ACTION
On Passage: An amendment, offered by Mr. Grijalva, numbered 1 printed in House Report 115-429 to increase the royalty rate by 16.66 percent for mineral leases in the Superior National Forest.
Motion to recommit:
Text of the motion:
COST AND IMPACT
Cost to the taxpayers: CBO estimates that enacting the bill would increase offsetting receipts, which are treated as reductions in direct spending, by $2 million over the 2018-2027 period
Pay-as-you-go requirements: pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Enacting H.R. 3905 would not affect revenues
Regulatory and Other Impact: H.R. 3905 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act (UMRA).
Dynamic Scoring: CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 3905 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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