Committee Legislation

Bill Introduced Description
S.1139 Jun-11-13
STATUS: June 11, 2013.--Introduced. S.1139 Hudson River Valley Special Resource Study Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1139 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1139 To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the Hudson River Valley, New York. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 11, 2013 Mrs. GILLIBRAND introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study of the Hudson River Valley, New York. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Hudson River Valley Special Resource Study Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (2) STUDY AREA- (A) IN GENERAL- The term `study area' means the portion of the Hudson River that flows from Rodgers Island at Fort Edward to the southernmost boundary of Westchester County, New York. (B) INCLUSION- The term `study area' includes any relevant sites and landscapes within the counties in New York that abut the area described in subparagraph (A). SEC. 3. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) the Hudson River Valley possesses nationally significant and unique cultural, historical, natural, recreational, and scenic resources; (2) the Hudson River Valley is home to a robust and growing tourism and recreation industry that is an important component of the regional economy; (3) throughout history, the Hudson River Valley has played a crucial role in the development of the United States, starting from the vibrant Native American communities that first inhabited the land, to the voyage of Henry Hudson up the river later named for Hudson in the vessel Half Moon in 1609 and later with the American Revolution, the debate on our Constitution, the first successful steamboat voyage by Robert Fulton in 1807, the Industrial Revolution, the establishment of the Erie Canal and growth of metropolitan New York, and the inception of the modern labor and environmental movements; (4) the Hudson River Valley gave birth to important movements in the art, architecture, and literature of the United States; (5) the Hudson River Valley encompasses a rich array of sensitive natural resources ranging from the Hudson River and the vast estuarine district of the Hudson River, to the wetlands, refuges, parks, forests, farmlands, preserves, cliffs, valleys, and wildlife of the Hudson River; (6) the depictions and descriptions of the renowned scenery and natural resources of the Hudson River Valley played a central role in the recognition of the value of the landscape and the development of the esthetic and environmental ideal of the United States; (7) a 1996 National Park Service study described the Hudson River Valley as `the landscape that defined America'; and (8) the Hudson River Valley has been the subject of multiple State and Federal inventories, studies, and plans that should greatly assist in the conduct of a National Park Service special resource study. SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF STUDY. (a) In General- As soon as funds are made available to carry out this section, the Secretary shall conduct a study of the study area to evaluate-- (1) the national significance of the study area; and (2) the suitability and feasibility of designating the study area as a unit of the National Park System. (b) Study Guidelines- In conducting the study under subsection (a), the Secretary shall-- (1) use the criteria for the study of areas for potential inclusion in the National Park System included in section 8 of the National Park System General Authorities Act (16 U.S.C. 1a-5); and (2) closely examine models for units of the National Park System, in particular national river and recreation areas, and other landscape protection models, that-- (A) encompass large areas of non-Federal land within designated boundaries; (B) promote increased heritage tourism and economic development; (C) foster public and private collaborative arrangements for achieving National Park Service objectives; and (D) protect and respect the rights of private land owners and municipalities. SEC. 5. REPORT. Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available to conduct the study under section 4, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate a report on the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the study.
S.1138 Jun-11-13
STATUS: June 11, 2013.--Introduced. S.1138 To reauthorize the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1138 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1138 To reauthorize the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 11, 2013 Mrs. GILLIBRAND introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To reauthorize the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. REAUTHORIZATION OF HUDSON RIVER VALLEY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA. Section 910 of the Hudson River Valley National Heritage Area Act of 1996 (16 U.S.C. 461 note; Public Law 104-333; 127 Stat. 420) is amended by striking `2013' and inserting `2022'.
S.1100 Jun-06-13
STATUS: June 6, 2013.--Introduced. June 11, 2013.--Mr. Blunt added as cosponsor. S.1100 North American Alternative Fuels Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1100 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1100 To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to repeal a provision prohibiting Federal agencies from procuring alternative fuels. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 6, 2013 Mr. BARRASSO (for himself, Mr. MANCHIN, Mr. COATS, Ms. HEITKAMP, Mr. ENZI, Mr. INHOFE, and Mr. HOEVEN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to repeal a provision prohibiting Federal agencies from procuring alternative fuels. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `North American Alternative Fuels Act'. SEC. 2. REPEAL OF PROHIBITION OF THE PROCUREMENT AND ACQUISITION OF ALTERNATIVE FUELS. (a) In General- Section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-140; 42 U.S.C. 17142) is repealed. (b) Conforming Amendment- Section 30310 of title 51, United States Code, is repealed.
S.1084 Jun-03-13
STATUS: June 3, 2013.--Introduced. June 25, 2013.--Subcommittee on Energy hearing held. S.Hrg. 113-70. July 8, 2013.--Mr. Schatz added as cosponsor. S.1084 Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1084 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1084 To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to establish the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as the lead Federal agency for coordinating Federal, State, and local assistance provided to promote the energy retrofitting of schools. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 3, 2013 Mr. UDALL of Colorado (for himself and Ms. COLLINS) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the Energy Policy and Conservation Act to establish the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as the lead Federal agency for coordinating Federal, State, and local assistance provided to promote the energy retrofitting of schools. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Streamlining Energy Efficiency for Schools Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. COORDINATION OF ENERGY RETROFITTING ASSISTANCE FOR SCHOOLS. Section 392 of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6371a) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(e) Coordination of Energy Retrofitting Assistance for Schools- `(1) DEFINITION OF SCHOOL- In this subsection, the term `school' means-- `(A) an elementary school or secondary school (as defined in section 9101 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 7801)); `(B) an institution of higher education (as defined in section 102(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1002(a)); `(C) a school of the defense dependents' education system under the Defense Dependents' Education Act of 1978 (20 U.S.C. 921 et seq.) or established under section 2164 of title 10, United States Code; `(D) a school operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs; `(E) a tribally controlled school (as defined in section 5212 of the Tribally Controlled Schools Act of 1988 (25 U.S.C. 2511)); and `(F) a Tribal College or University (as defined in section 316(b) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1059c(b))). `(2) DESIGNATION OF LEAD AGENCY- The Secretary, acting through the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, shall act as the lead Federal agency for coordinating and disseminating information on existing Federal programs and assistance that may be used to help initiate, develop, and finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy retrofitting projects for schools. `(3) REQUIREMENTS- In carrying out coordination and outreach under paragraph (2), the Secretary shall-- `(A) in consultation and coordination with the appropriate Federal agencies, carry out a review of existing programs and financing mechanisms (including revolving loan funds and loan guarantees) available in or from the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Energy, the Department of Education, the Department of the Treasury, the Internal Revenue Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and other appropriate Federal agencies with jurisdiction over energy financing and facilitation that are currently used or may be used to help initiate, develop, and finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy retrofitting projects for schools; `(B) establish a Federal cross-departmental collaborative coordination, education, and outreach effort to streamline communication and promote available Federal opportunities and assistance described in subparagraph (A), for energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy retrofitting projects that enables States, local educational agencies, and schools-- `(i) to use existing Federal opportunities more effectively; and `(ii) to form partnerships with Governors, State energy programs, local educational, financial, and energy officials, State and local government officials, nonprofit organizations, and other appropriate entities, to support the initiation of the projects; `(C) provide technical assistance for States, local educational agencies, and schools to help develop and finance energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy retrofitting projects-- `(i) to increase the energy efficiency of buildings or facilities; `(ii) to install systems that individually generate energy from renewable energy resources; `(iii) to establish partnerships to leverage economies of scale and additional financing mechanisms available to larger clean energy initiatives; or `(iv) to promote-- `(I) the maintenance of health, environmental quality, and safety in schools, including the ambient air quality, through energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy retrofit projects; and `(II) the achievement of expected energy savings and renewable energy production through proper operations and maintenance practices; `(D) develop and maintain a single online resource Web site with contact information for relevant technical assistance and support staff in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy for States, local educational agencies, and schools to effectively access and use Federal opportunities and assistance described in subparagraph (A) to develop energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy retrofitting projects; and `(E) establish a process for recognition of schools that-- `(i) have successfully implemented energy efficiency, renewable energy, and energy retrofitting projects; and `(ii) are willing to serve as resources for other local educational agencies and schools to assist initiation of similar efforts. `(4) REPORT- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall submit to Congress a report describing the implementation of this subsection. `(5) AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this subsection such sums as are necessary for each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018.'.
S.1073 May-23-13
STATUS: May 23, 2013.--Introduced. July 17, 2013.--Mr. Durbin added as cosponsor. S.1073 Gas Price and Refinery Capacity Relief Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1073 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1073 To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to improve the coordination of refinery outages, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMay 23, 2013 Ms. KLOBUCHAR (for herself, Mr. FRANKEN, and Mr. HOEVEN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 to improve the coordination of refinery outages, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Gas Price and Refinery Capacity Relief Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. COORDINATION OF REFINERY OUTAGES. Section 804 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (42 U.S.C. 17283) is amended to read as follows: `SEC. 804. COORDINATION OF REFINERY OUTAGES. `(a) Definitions- In this section: `(1) ADMINISTRATOR- The term `Administrator' means the Administrator of the Energy Information Administration. `(2) PLANNED REFINERY OUTAGE- The term `planned refinery outage' means a removal, scheduled before the date on which the removal occurs, of a refinery, or any unit of a refinery, from service for maintenance, repair, or modification. `(3) REFINED PETROLEUM PRODUCT- The term `refined petroleum product' means any gasoline, diesel fuel, fuel oil, lubricating oil, liquid petroleum gas, or other petroleum distillate that is produced through the refining or processing of crude oil or an oil derived from tar sands, shale, or coal. `(4) REFINERY- The term `refinery' means a facility used in the production of a refined petroleum product through distillation, cracking, or any other process. `(5) UNPLANNED REFINERY OUTAGE- The `unplanned refinery outage' means the removal of a refinery, or any unit of a refinery, from service that is not scheduled in advance. `(b) Reporting Requirement- The owner or operator of a refinery shall submit to the Administrator information describing-- `(1) the schedule of the refinery for any planned refinery outage, including-- `(A) the dates for the planned refinery outage at least 1 year in advance of the date of the expected outage or the date the outage is scheduled; and `(B) the estimated inventories and production of refined petroleum products during the period described in subparagraph (A); and `(2) any unplanned refinery outages as soon as practicable `(c) Review and Analysis of Available Information- The Administrator shall, on an ongoing basis-- `(1) review information on planned refinery outages and unplanned refinery outages-- `(A) reported by refineries under subsection (b); and `(B) that is available from commercial reporting services; `(2) analyze that information to determine whether the scheduling of a planned refinery outage or an unplanned refinery outage may nationally or regionally substantially affect the price or supply of any refined petroleum product by-- `(A) decreasing the production of the refined petroleum product; and `(B) causing or contributing to a retail or wholesale supply shortage or disruption; and `(3) alert the Secretary of any refinery outage that the Administrator determines may nationally or regionally substantially affect the price or supply of a refined petroleum product. `(d) Action by Secretary- On a determination by the Secretary that a refinery outage may affect the price or supply of a refined petroleum product, the Secretary shall make available to refinery operators information on planned refinery outages or unplanned refinery outages to prevent significant market disruptions. `(e) Limitation- Nothing in this section-- `(1) alters any existing legal obligation or responsibility of a refinery operator; `(2) creates any legal right of action; or `(3) authorizes the Secretary-- `(A) to prohibit a refinery operator from conducting a planned refinery outage; or `(B) to require a refinery operator to continue to operate a refinery. `(f) Study on National Strategic Refined Petroleum Products Reserve- `(1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Secretary shall study and submit to Congress a report on the costs and benefits of creating a national strategic refined petroleum products reserve for refined petroleum products. `(2) INFORMATION- The report required under paragraph (1) shall include information on-- `(A) the days of existing storage capabilities within the different petroleum administration defense districts based on normal usage of refined petroleum products; `(B) the feasibility of increasing storage capacity for refined petroleum products on a regional basis; and `(C) the impact additional storage capacity would have on the retail price of refined petroleum products for consumers in the event of a supply shortage or market disruption from a natural disaster or refinery outage.'.
S.1054 May-23-13
STATUS: May 23, 2013: Introduced. S.1054 Gold Butte National Conservation Area Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1054 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1054 To establish the Gold Butte National Conservation Area in Clark County, Nevada in order to conserve, protect, and enhance the cultural, archaeological, natural, wilderness, scientific, geological, historical, biological, wildlife, educational, and scenic resources of the area, to designate wilderness areas, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMay 23, 2013 Mr. REID introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish the Gold Butte National Conservation Area in Clark County, Nevada in order to conserve, protect, and enhance the cultural, archaeological, natural, wilderness, scientific, geological, historical, biological, wildlife, educational, and scenic resources of the area, to designate wilderness areas, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `Gold Butte National Conservation Area Act'. (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. Sec. 2. Findings. Sec. 3. Definitions. TITLE I--GOLD BUTTE NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA Sec. 101. Establishment of Gold Butte National Conservation Area. Sec. 102. Management of Conservation Area. Sec. 103. General provisions. Sec. 104. Gold Butte National Conservation Area Advisory Council. TITLE II--DESIGNATION OF WILDERNESS AREAS IN CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA Sec. 201. Findings. Sec. 202. Additions to National Wilderness Preservation System. Sec. 203. Administration. Sec. 204. Adjacent management. Sec. 205. Military, law enforcement, and emergency overflights. Sec. 206. Release of wilderness study areas. Sec. 207. Native American cultural and religious uses. Sec. 208. Wildlife management. Sec. 209. Wildfire, insect, and disease management. Sec. 210. Climatological data collection. Sec. 211. National Park System land. TITLE III--GENERAL PROVISIONS Sec. 301. Relationship to Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. Sec. 302. Visitor center, research, and interpretation. Sec. 303. Termination of withdrawal of Bureau of Land Management land. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) the public land in southeastern Nevada generally known as `Gold Butte' is recognized for outstanding-- (A) scenic values; (B) natural resources, including critical habitat, sensitive species, wildlife, desert tortoise habitat, and geology; (C) historic resources, including historic mining, ranching and other western cultures, and pioneer activities; and (D) cultural resources, including evidence of prehistoric habitation and rock art; (2) Gold Butte has become a destination for diverse recreation opportunities, including camping, hiking, hunting, motorized recreation, and sightseeing; (3) Gold Butte draws visitors from throughout the United States; (4) Gold Butte provides important economic benefits to Mesquite and other nearby communities; (5) inclusion of the Gold Butte National Conservation Area in the National Landscape Conservation System would provide increased opportunities for-- (A) interpretation of the diverse values of the area for the visiting public; and (B) education and community outreach in the region; and (6) designation of Gold Butte as a National Conservation Area will permanently protect the scenic, biological, natural, historical, scientific, paleontological, recreational, ecological, wilderness, and cultural resources within the area. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) ADVISORY COUNCIL- The term `Advisory Council' means the Gold Butte National Conservation Area Advisory Council established under section 104(a). (2) CONSERVATION AREA- The term `Conservation Area' means the Gold Butte National Conservation Area established by section 101(a). (3) COUNTY- The term `County' means Clark County, Nevada. (4) DESIGNATED ROUTE- The term `designated route' means a road that is designated as open by the Route Designations for Selected Areas of Critical Environmental Concern Located in the Northeast Portion of the Las Vegas BLM District Environmental Assessment, NV-052-2006-0433. (5) MANAGEMENT PLAN- The term `management plan' means the management plan for the Conservation Area developed under section 102(b). (6) MAP- The term `Map' means the map entitled `Gold Butte National Conservation Area' and dated May 23, 2013. (7) PUBLIC LAND- The term `public land' has the meaning given the term `public lands' in section 103 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1702). (8) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (9) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Nevada. (10) WILDERNESS AREA- The term `wilderness area' means a wilderness areas designated by section 202(a). TITLE I--GOLD BUTTE NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA SEC. 101. ESTABLISHMENT OF GOLD BUTTE NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA. (a) Establishment- There is established the Gold Butte National Conservation Area in the State. (b) Area Included- The Conservation Area shall consist of approximately 348,515 acres of public land administered by the Bureau of Land Management in the County, as generally depicted on the Map. (c) Map and Legal Description- (1) IN GENERAL- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map and legal description of the Conservation Area with the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate. (2) EFFECT- The map and legal description prepared under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this title, except that the Secretary may correct minor errors in the map or legal description. (3) PUBLIC AVAILABILITY- A copy of the map and legal description shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service. SEC. 102. MANAGEMENT OF CONSERVATION AREA. (a) Purposes- In accordance with this title, the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), and other applicable laws, the Secretary shall manage the Conservation Area in a manner that conserves, protects, and enhances the scenic, biological, natural, historical, scientific, paleontological, recreational, ecological, wilderness, and cultural resources of the Conservation Area. (b) Management Plan- (1) PLAN REQUIRED- Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall develop a management plan for the long-term protection and management of the Conservation Area. (2) CONSULTATION- The Secretary shall prepare the management plan in consultation with the State, local and tribal government entities, the Advisory Council, and the public. (3) REQUIREMENTS- The management plan shall-- (A) describe the appropriate uses and management of the Conservation Area; and (B) include a recommendation on interpretive and educational materials regarding the cultural and biological resources of the region within which the Conservation Area is located. (4) INCORPORATION OF ROUTE DESIGNATIONS- The management plan shall incorporate the decisions in the Route Designations for Selected Areas of Critical Environmental Concern Located in the Northeast Portion of the Las Vegas BLM District Environmental Assessment, NV-052-2006-0433. (c) Uses- The Secretary shall allow only such uses of the Conservation Area that the Secretary determines would further the purpose of the Conservation Area described in subsection (a). (d) Incorporation of Acquired Land and Interests- Any land or interests in land located within the boundary of the Conservation Area that is acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act shall become part of the Conservation Area and be managed as provided in subsection (a). (e) Motorized Vehicles- (1) IN GENERAL- Except in cases in which motorized vehicles are needed for administrative purposes or to respond to an emergency, the use of motorized vehicles shall be permitted only on designated routes. (2) MONITORING AND EVALUATION- The Secretary shall annually-- (A) assess the effects of the use of motorized vehicles on designated routes; and (B) in consultation with the Nevada Department of Wildlife, assess the effects of designated routes on wildlife and wildlife habitat to minimize environmental impacts and prevent damage to cultural and historical resources from the use of designated routes. (3) MANAGEMENT- (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall manage designated routes in a manner that-- (i) is consistent with motorized and mechanized use of the designated routes that is authorized on the date of the enactment of this Act; (ii) ensures the safety of the people that use the designated routes; (iii) does not damage sensitive habitat or cultural or historical resources; and (iv) provides for adaptive management of resources and restoration of damaged habitat or resources. (B) REROUTING- (i) IN GENERAL- A designated route may be temporarily closed or rerouted if the Secretary, in consultation with the State, the County, and the Advisory Council, subject to subparagraph (C), determines that-- (I) the designated route is having an adverse impact on-- (aa) sensitive habitat; (bb) natural resources; (cc) cultural resources; or (dd) historical resources; (II) the designated route threatens public safety; (III) temporary closure of the designated route is necessary to repair-- (aa) the designated route; or (bb) resource damage; or (IV) modification of the designated route would not significantly affect access within the Conservation Area. (ii) PRIORITY- If the Secretary determines that the rerouting of a designated route is necessary under clause (i), the Secretary may give priority to existing roads designated as closed. (iii) DURATION- A designated route that is temporarily closed under clause (i) shall remain closed only until the date on which the resource or public safety issue that led to the temporary closure has been resolved. (C) NOTICE- The Secretary shall provide information to the public regarding any designated routes that are open, have been rerouted, or are temporarily closed through-- (i) use of appropriate signage within the Conservation Area; and (ii) the distribution of maps, safety education materials, law enforcement, and other information considered to be appropriate by the Secretary. (4) NO EFFECT ON NON-FEDERAL LAND OR INTERESTS IN NON-FEDERAL LAND- Nothing in this section affects ownership, management, or other rights relating to non-Federal land or interests in non-Federal land. (5) MAP ON FILE- The Secretary shall keep a current map on file at the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management. (6) ROAD CONSTRUCTION- Except as necessary for administrative purposes or to respond to an emergency, the Secretary shall not construct any permanent or temporary road within the Conservation Area after the date of enactment of this Act. (f) National Landscape Conservation System- The Conservation Area shall be administered as a component of the National Landscape Conservation System. (g) Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping- Nothing in this title affects the jurisdiction of the State with respect to fish and wildlife, including hunting, fishing, and trapping in the Conservation Area. SEC. 103. GENERAL PROVISIONS. (a) No Buffer Zones- (1) IN GENERAL- The establishment of the Conservation Area shall not create an express or implied protective perimeter or buffer zone around the Conservation Area. (2) PRIVATE LAND- If the use of, or conduct of an activity on, private land that shares a boundary with the Conservation Area is consistent with applicable law, nothing in this title concerning the establishment of the Conservation Area prohibits or limits the use or conduct of the activity. (b) Withdrawals- Subject to valid existing rights, all public land within the Conservation Area, including any land or interest in land that is acquired by the United States within the Conservation Area after the date of enactment of this Act, is withdrawn from-- (1) entry, appropriation or disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws. (c) Special Management Areas- (1) IN GENERAL- The establishment of the Conservation Area shall not affect the management status of any area within the boundary of the Conservation Area that is protected under the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. (2) CONFLICT OF LAWS- If there is a conflict between the laws applicable to an area described in paragraph (1) and this title, the more restrictive provision shall control. SEC. 104. GOLD BUTTE NATIONAL CONSERVATION AREA ADVISORY COUNCIL. (a) Establishment- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall establish an advisory council, to be known as the `Gold Butte National Conservation Area Advisory Council'. (b) Duties- The Advisory Council shall advise the Secretary with respect to the preparation and implementation of the management plan. (c) Applicable Law- The Advisory Council shall be subject to-- (1) the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.); and (2) the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.). (d) Members- (1) IN GENERAL- The Advisory Council shall include 13 members to be appointed by the Secretary, of whom, to the extent practicable-- (A) 4 members shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Mesquite, Nevada, City Council; (B) 1 member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Bunkerville, Nevada, Town Advisory Board; (C) 1 member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Moapa Valley, Nevada, Town Advisory Board; (D) 1 member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Moapa, Nevada, Town Advisory Board; (E) 1 member shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the Moapa Band of Paiutes Tribal Council; and (F) 5 at-large members from the County shall be appointed after considering the recommendations of the County Commission. (2) SPECIAL APPOINTMENT CONSIDERATIONS- The at-large members appointed under paragraph (1)(F) shall have backgrounds that reflect-- (A) the purposes for which the Conservation Area was established; and (B) the interests of persons affected by the planning and management of the Conservation Area. (3) REPRESENTATION- The Secretary shall ensure that the membership of the Advisory Council is fairly balanced in terms of the points of view represented and the functions to be performed by the Advisory Council. (4) INITIAL APPOINTMENT- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall appoint the initial members of the Advisory Council in accordance with paragraph (1). (e) Duties of the Advisory Council- The Advisory Council shall advise the Secretary with respect to the preparation and implementation of the management plan, including budgetary matters relating to the Conservation Area. (f) Compensation- Members of the Advisory Council shall receive no compensation for serving on the Advisory Council. (g) Chairperson- (1) IN GENERAL- The Advisory Council shall elect a Chairperson from among the members of the Advisory Council. (2) TERM- The term of the Chairperson shall be 3 years. (h) Term of Members- (1) IN GENERAL- The term of a member of the Advisory Council shall be 3 years. (2) SUCCESSORS- Notwithstanding the expiration of a 3-year term of a member of the Advisory Council, a member may continue to serve on the Advisory Council until a successor is appointed. (i) Vacancies- (1) IN GENERAL- A vacancy on the Advisory Council shall be filled in the same manner in which the original appointment was made. (2) APPOINTMENT FOR REMAINDER OF TERM- A member appointed to fill a vacancy on the Advisory Council shall serve for the remainder of the term for which the predecessor was appointed. (j) Termination- The Advisory Council shall terminate not later than 3 years after the date on which the final version of the management plan is published. TITLE II--DESIGNATION OF WILDERNESS AREAS IN CLARK COUNTY, NEVADA SEC. 201. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) public land administered by the Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Park Service in the County contains unique and spectacular natural, cultural, and historical resources, including-- (A) priceless habitat for numerous species of plants and wildlife; (B) thousands of acres of land that remain in a natural state; and (C) numerous sites containing significant cultural and historical artifacts; and (2) continued preservation of the public land would benefit the County and all of the United States by-- (A) ensuring the conservation of ecologically diverse habitat; (B) protecting prehistoric cultural resources; (C) conserving primitive recreational resources; and (D) protecting air and water quality. SEC. 202. ADDITIONS TO NATIONAL WILDERNESS PRESERVATION SYSTEM. (a) Additions- In furtherance of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), the following public land administered by the National Park Service or the Bureau of Land Management in the County is designated as wilderness and as components of the National Wilderness Preservation System: (1) VIRGIN PEAK WILDERNESS- Certain public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, comprising approximately 18,296 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the `Virgin Peak Wilderness'. (2) BLACK RIDGE WILDERNESS- Certain public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, comprising approximately 18,192 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the `Black Ridge Wilderness'. (3) BITTER RIDGE NORTH WILDERNESS- Certain public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management comprising approximately 15,114 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the `Bitter Ridge North Wilderness'. (4) BITTER RIDGE SOUTH WILDERNESS- Certain public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, comprising approximately 12,646 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the `Bitter Ridge Wilderness'. (5) BILLY GOAT PEAK WILDERNESS- Certain public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, comprising approximately 30,460 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the `Billy Goat Peak Wilderness'. (6) MILLION HILLS WILDERNESS- Certain public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, comprising approximately 24,818 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the `Million Hills Wilderness'. (7) OVERTON WILDERNESS- Certain Federal land within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, comprising approximately 23,227 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the `Overton Wilderness'. (8) TWIN SPRINGS WILDERNESS- Certain Federal land within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, comprising approximately 9,684 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the `Twin Springs Wilderness'. (9) SCANLON WASH WILDERNESS- Certain Federal land within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, comprising approximately 22,826 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the `Scanlon Wash Wilderness'. (10) HILLER MOUNTAINS WILDERNESS- Certain Federal land within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, comprising approximately 14,832 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the `Hiller Mountains Wilderness'. (11) Hell'S KITCHEN WILDERNESS- Certain Federal land within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, comprising approximately 12,439 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the `Hell's Kitchen Wilderness'. (12) INDIAN HILLS WILDERNESS- Certain Federal land within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, comprising approximately 8,955 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which shall be known as the `Indian Hills Wilderness'. (13) LIME CANYON WILDERNESS ADDITIONS- Certain public land managed by the Bureau of Land Management, comprising approximately 10,069 acres, as generally depicted on the Map, which is incorporated in, and shall be managed as part of, the `Lime Canyon Wilderness' designated by section 202(a)(9) of the Clark County Conservation of Public Land and Natural Resources Act of 2002 (16 U.S.C. 1132 note; Public Law 107-282). (b) National Landscape Conservation System- The wilderness areas administered by the Bureau of Land Management shall be administered as components of the National Landscape Conservation System. (c) Road Offset- The boundary of any portion of a wilderness area that is bordered by a road shall be at least 100 feet away from the centerline of the road so as not to interfere with public access. (d) Lake Offset- The boundary of any portion of a wilderness area that is bordered by Lake Mead or the Colorado River shall be 300 feet inland from the high water line. (e) Map and Legal Description- (1) IN GENERAL- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file a map and legal description of each wilderness area with the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate. (2) EFFECT- Each map and legal description under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this title, except that the Secretary may correct clerical and typographical errors in the map or legal description. (3) AVAILABILITY- Each map and legal description under paragraph (1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management and the National Park Service. SEC. 203. ADMINISTRATION. (a) Management- Subject to valid existing rights, the wilderness areas shall be administered by the Secretary in accordance with the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), except that-- (1) any reference in that Act to the effective date of that Act shall be considered to be a reference to the date of enactment of this Act; and (2) any reference in that Act to the Secretary of Agriculture shall be considered to be a reference to the Secretary. (b) Incorporation of Acquired Land and Interests- Any land or interest in land within the boundaries of a wilderness area that is acquired by the United States after the date of enactment of this Act shall be added to, and administered as part of, the wilderness area within which the acquired land or interest is located. (c) Water Rights- (1) FINDINGS- Congress finds that-- (A) the land designated as a wilderness area-- (i) is within the Mojave Desert; (ii) is arid in nature; and (iii) includes ephemeral streams; (B) the hydrology of the land designated as a wilderness area is locally characterized by complex flow patterns and alluvial fans with impermanent channels; (C) the subsurface hydrogeology of the region within which the land designated as a wilderness area is located is characterized by ground water subject to local and regional flow gradients and artesian aquifers; (D) the land designated as a wilderness area is generally not suitable for use or development of new water resource facilities; (E) there are no actual or proposed water resource facilities and no opportunities for diversion, storage, or other uses of water occurring outside the land designated as a wilderness area that would adversely affect the wilderness or other values of the land; and (F) because of the unique nature and hydrology of the desert land designated as a wilderness area and the existence of the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan, it is possible to provide for proper management and protection of the wilderness, perennial springs, and other values of the land in ways different than the methods used in other laws. (2) STATUTORY CONSTRUCTION- (A) NO RESERVATION- Nothing in this title constitutes an express or implied reservation by the United States of any water or water rights with respect to the land designated as a wilderness area. (B) STATE RIGHTS- Nothing in this title affects any water rights in the State existing on the date of enactment of this Act, including any water rights held by the United States. (C) NO PRECEDENT- Nothing in this subsection establishes a precedent with regard to any future wilderness designations. (D) NO EFFECT ON COMPACTS- Nothing in this title limits, alters, modifies, or amends any of the interstate compacts or equitable apportionment decrees that apportion water among and between the State and other States. (E) CLARK COUNTY MULTI-SPECIES HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN- Nothing in this title limits, alters, modifies, or amends the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan with respect to the land designated as a wilderness area, including specific management actions for the conservation of perennial springs. (3) NEVADA WATER LAW- The Secretary shall follow the procedural and substantive requirements of State law in order to obtain and hold any water rights not in existence on the date of enactment of this Act with respect to the land designated as a wilderness area. (4) NEW PROJECTS- (A) DEFINITION- (i) IN GENERAL- In this paragraph, the term `water resource facility' means irrigation and pumping facilities, reservoirs, water conservation works, aqueducts, canals, ditches, pipelines, wells, hydropower projects, and transmission and other ancillary facilities, and other water diversion, storage, and carriage structures. (ii) EXCLUSION- In this paragraph, the term `water resource facility' does not include wildlife guzzlers. (B) NO LICENSES OR PERMITS- Except as otherwise provided in this title, on and after the date of enactment of this Act, neither the President nor any other officer, employee, or agent of the United States shall fund, assist, authorize, or issue a license or permit for the development of any new water resource facility within the land designated as a wilderness area. (d) Withdrawal- Subject to valid existing rights, any Federal land within the wilderness areas, including any land or interest in land that is acquired by the United States within the Conservation Area after the date of enactment of this Act, is withdrawn from-- (1) entry, appropriation, or disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under the mining laws; and (3) operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws. SEC. 204. ADJACENT MANAGEMENT. (a) No Buffer Zones- Congress does not intend for the designation of land as wilderness areas to lead to the creation of protective perimeters or buffer zones around the wilderness areas. (b) Nonwilderness Activities- The fact that nonwilderness activities or uses can be seen or heard from areas within a wilderness area shall not preclude the conduct of those activities or uses outside the boundary of the wilderness area. SEC. 205. MILITARY, LAW ENFORCEMENT, AND EMERGENCY OVERFLIGHTS. Nothing in this Act restricts or precludes-- (1) low-level overflights of military, law enforcement, or emergency medical services aircraft over the area designated as wilderness by this Act, including military, law enforcement, or emergency medical services overflights that can be seen or heard within the wilderness area; (2) flight testing and evaluation; or (3) the designation or creation of new units of special use airspace, or the establishment of military, law enforcement, or emergency medical services flight training routes, over the wilderness area. SEC. 206. RELEASE OF WILDERNESS STUDY AREAS. (a) Finding- Congress finds that, for the purposes of section 603 of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1782), the Bureau of Land Management land in any portion of the wilderness study areas located within the Conservation Area not designated as a wilderness area has been adequately studied for wilderness designation. (b) Release- Any Bureau of Land Management land described in subsection (a) that is not designated as a wilderness area-- (1) is no longer subject to section 603(c) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1782(c)); (2) shall be managed in accordance with-- (A) the land management plans adopted under section 202 of that Act (43 U.S.C. 1712); and (B) cooperative conservation agreements in existence on the date of enactment of this Act; and (3) shall be subject to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). SEC. 207. NATIVE AMERICAN CULTURAL AND RELIGIOUS USES. Nothing in this title diminishes-- (1) the rights of any Indian tribe; or (2) tribal rights regarding access to Federal land for tribal activities, including spiritual, cultural, and traditional food-gathering activities. SEC. 208. WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT. (a) In General- In accordance with section 4(d)(7) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(7)), nothing in this title affects or diminishes the jurisdiction of the State with respect to fish and wildlife management, including the regulation of hunting, fishing, and trapping, in the wilderness areas. (b) Management Activities- (1) IN GENERAL- In furtherance of the purposes and principles of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1131 et seq.), management activities to maintain or restore fish and wildlife populations and the habitats to support the populations may be carried out within the wilderness areas, if the activities-- (A) are consistent with relevant wilderness management plans; and (B) are carried out in accordance with appropriate policies, such as those set forth in Appendix B of House Report 101-405. (2) USE OF MOTORIZED VEHICLES- The management activities under paragraph (1) may include the occasional and temporary use of motorized vehicles, if the use, as determined by the Secretary, would-- (A) promote healthy, viable, and more naturally distributed wildlife populations that would enhance wilderness values; and (B) accomplish the purposes described in subparagraph (A) with the minimum impact necessary to reasonably accomplish the task. (c) Existing Activities- Consistent with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1)) and in accordance with appropriate policies such as those set forth in Appendix B of House Report 101-405, the State may continue to use aircraft (including helicopters) to survey, capture, transplant, monitor, and provide water for wildlife populations, including bighorn sheep, and feral stock, horses, and burros. (d) Wildlife Water Development Projects- Subject to subsection (f), the Secretary shall authorize structures and facilities, including existing structures and facilities, for wildlife water development projects, including guzzlers, in the wilderness areas if-- (1) the structures and facilities will, as determined by the Secretary, enhance wilderness values by promoting healthy, viable and more naturally distributed wildlife populations; and (2) the visual impacts of the structures and facilities on the wilderness areas can reasonably be minimized. (e) Hunting, Fishing, and Trapping- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may designate, by regulation, areas in which, and establish periods during which, for reasons of public safety, administration, or compliance with applicable laws, no hunting, fishing, or trapping will be permitted in the wilderness areas. (2) CONSULTATION- Except in emergencies, the Secretary shall consult with the appropriate State agency before promulgating regulations under paragraph (1). (f) Cooperative Agreement- The State, including a designee of the State, may conduct wildlife management activities in the wilderness areas-- (1) in accordance with the terms and conditions specified in the cooperative agreement between the Secretary and the State entitled `Memorandum of Understanding between the Bureau of Land Management and the Nevada Department of Wildlife Supplement No. 9' and signed November and December 2003, including any amendments to the cooperative agreement agreed to by the Secretary and the State; and (2) subject to all applicable laws (including regulations). SEC. 209. WILDFIRE, INSECT, AND DISEASE MANAGEMENT. (a) In General- In accordance with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1)), the Secretary may take such measures in each wilderness area as the Secretary determines to be necessary for the control of fire, insects, and diseases (including, as the Secretary determines to be appropriate, the coordination of the activities with a State or local agency). (b) Effect- Nothing in this Act precludes a Federal, State, or local agency from conducting wildfire management operations (including operations using aircraft or mechanized equipment) in accordance with section 4(d)(1) of the Wilderness Act (16 U.S.C. 1133(d)(1)). SEC. 210. CLIMATOLOGICAL DATA COLLECTION. Subject to such terms and conditions as the Secretary may require, nothing in this title precludes the installation and maintenance of hydrologic, meteorologic, or climatological collection devices in the wilderness areas if the facilities and access to the facilities are essential to flood warning, flood control, and water reservoir operation activities. SEC. 211. NATIONAL PARK SYSTEM LAND. To the extent any of the provisions of this title are in conflict with laws (including regulations) or management policies applicable to Federal land within the Lake Mead National Recreation Area designated as a wilderness area, the laws (including regulations) or policies shall control. TITLE III--GENERAL PROVISIONS SEC. 301. RELATIONSHIP TO CLARK COUNTY MULTI-SPECIES HABITAT CONSERVATION PLAN. (a) In General- Nothing in this Act limits, alters, modifies, or amends the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan with respect to the Conservation Area and the wilderness areas, including the specific management actions contained in the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan for the conservation of perennial springs. (b) Conservation Management Areas- The Secretary shall credit the Conservation Area and the wilderness areas as Conservation Management Areas, as may be required by the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan (including amendments to the plan). (c) Management Plan- In developing the management plan, to the extent consistent with this section, the Secretary may incorporate any provision of the Clark County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation Plan. SEC. 302. VISITOR CENTER, RESEARCH, AND INTERPRETATION. (a) In General- The Secretary, acting through the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, may establish, in cooperation with any other public or private entities that the Secretary may determine to be appropriate, a visitor center and field office in Mesquite, Nevada-- (1) to serve visitors; and (2) to assist in fulfilling the purposes of-- (A) the Lake Mead National Recreation Area; (B) the Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument; and (C) the Conservation Area. (b) Requirements- The Secretary shall ensure that the visitor center authorized under subsection (a) is designed-- (1) to interpret the scenic, biological, natural, historical, scientific, paleontological, recreational, ecological, wilderness, and cultural resources of each of the areas described in that subsection; and (2) to serve as an interagency field office for each of the areas described in that subsection. (c) Cooperative Agreements- The Secretary may, in a manner consistent with this Act, enter into cooperative agreements with the State, the State of Arizona, and any other appropriate institutions and organizations to carry out the purposes of this section. SEC. 303. TERMINATION OF WITHDRAWAL OF BUREAU OF LAND MANAGEMENT LAND. (a) Termination of Withdrawal- The withdrawal of the parcels of Bureau of Land Management land described in subsection (b) for use by the Bureau of Reclamation is terminated. (b) Description of Land- The parcels of land referred to in subsection (a) consist of the Bureau of Land Management land identified on the Map as `Transfer from BOR to BLM'. (c) Map and Legal Description- (1) IN GENERAL- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall finalize the legal description of the land reverting to the Bureau of Land Management under subsection (a). (2) MINOR ERRORS- The Secretary may correct any minor error in-- (A) the Map; or (B) the legal description. (3) AVAILABILITY- The Map and legal description shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management and the Bureau of Reclamation.
S.1049 May-23-13
STATUS: May 23, 2013: Introduced. March 25, 2014.--Mr. Warner added as cosponsor. June 24, 2014.--Mr. Tester added as cosponsor. July 30, 2014.--Subcommittee hearing held. S.1049 To direct the Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Agriculture to expedite access to certain Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of each Secretary for good Samaritan... (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1049 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1049 To direct the Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Agriculture to expedite access to certain Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of each Secretary for good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMay 23, 2013 Mr. HELLER introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To direct the Secretary of the Interior and Secretary of Agriculture to expedite access to certain Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of each Secretary for good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. EXPEDITED ACCESS TO CERTAIN FEDERAL LANDS. (a) In General- The Secretary shall develop and implement a process to expedite access to Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary for eligible organizations and eligible individuals to request access to Federal lands to conduct good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions. The process developed and implemented pursuant to this subsection shall include provisions that clarify that-- (1) an eligible organization or eligible individual granted access under this section shall be acting for private purposes and shall not be considered a Federal volunteer; (2) an eligible organization or eligible individual conducting a good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission under this section shall not be considered a volunteer under section 3 of the Volunteers in the Parks Act of 1969 (16 U.S.C. 18i); (3) the Federal Torts Claim Act shall not apply to an eligible organization or eligible individual carrying out a privately requested good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission under this section; and (4) the Federal Employee Compensation Act shall not apply to an eligible organization or eligible individual conducting good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission under this section and such activities shall not constitute civilian employment. (b) Release of the Federal Government From Liability- The Secretary shall not require an eligible organization or an eligible individual to have liability insurance as a condition of accessing Federal lands under this section if the eligible organization or eligible individual-- (1) acknowledges and consents, in writing, to the provisions listed in paragraphs (1) through (4) of subsection (a); and (2) signs a waiver releasing the Federal Government from all liability related to the access granted under this section. (c) Approval and Denial of Requests- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall notify an eligible organization and eligible individual of the approval or denial of a request by that eligible organization and eligible individual to carry out a good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission under this section not more than 48 hours after the request is made. (2) DENIALS- If the Secretary denies a request from an eligible organization or eligible individual to carry out a good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission under this section, the Secretary shall notify the eligible organization or eligible individual of-- (A) the reason for the denial request; and (B) any actions that eligible organization or eligible individual can take to meet the requirements for the request to be approved. (d) Partnerships- The Secretary shall develop search-and-recovery focused partnerships with search-and-recovery organizations to-- (1) coordinate good Samaritan search-and-recovery missions on Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary; and (2) expedite and accelerate good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission efforts for missing individuals on Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary. (e) Report- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall submit a joint report to Congress describing-- (1) plans to develop partnerships described in subsection (c)(1); and (2) efforts being taken to expedite and accelerate good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission efforts for missing individuals on Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary pursuant to subsection (b)(2). (f) Definitions- For the purposes of this section, the following definitions apply: (1) ELIGIBLE ORGANIZATION AND ELIGIBLE INDIVIDUAL- The terms `eligible organization' and `eligible individual' means an organization or individual, respectively, that-- (A) is acting in a not-for-profit capacity; and (B) is certificated in training that meets or exceeds standards established by the American Society for Testing and Materials. (2) GOOD SAMARITAN SEARCH-AND-RECOVERY MISSION- The term `good Samaritan search-and-recovery mission' means a search for one or more missing individuals believed to be deceased at the time that the search is initiated. (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture, as appropriate.
S.1044 May-23-13
STATUS: May 23, 2013: Introduced. July 23, 2013.--Mrs. Landrieu added as cosponsor. July 31, 2013.--Subcommittee on National Parks.hearing held. S.Hrg. 113-93. November 21, 2013.--Full committee hearing; Ordered to be reported without amendment favorably. March 10, 2014.--Mr. Blunt added as cosponsor. March 31, 2014.--Reported to Senate without amendment. S. Rept. 113-1141. March 31, 2014.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar. [Calendar No. 339]. June 5, 2014,--Passed Senate without amendment by Unanimous Consent. June 5, 2014.--Message on Senate action sent to the House. June 9, 2014.--Bill held at desk. June 25, 2014.--Presented to President. June 30, 2014.--Signed by President. June 30, 2014.--Became Public Law No. 113-123. S.1044 World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1044 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1044 To direct the Secretary of the Interior to install in the area of the World War II Memorial in the District of Columbia a suitable plaque or an inscription with the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the United States on D-Day, June 6, 1944. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMay 23, 2013 Mr. PORTMAN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To direct the Secretary of the Interior to install in the area of the World War II Memorial in the District of Columbia a suitable plaque or an inscription with the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the United States on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `World War II Memorial Prayer Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. PLACEMENT OF PLAQUE OR INSCRIPTION AT WORLD WAR II MEMORIAL. The Secretary of the Interior-- (1) shall install in the area of the World War II Memorial in the District of Columbia a suitable plaque or an inscription with the words that President Franklin D. Roosevelt prayed with the United States on June 6, 1944, the morning of D-Day; (2) shall design, procure, prepare, and install the plaque or inscription referred to in paragraph (1); and (3) may not use Federal funds to prepare or install the plaque or inscription referred to in paragraph (1), but may accept and expend private contributions for this purpose. SEC. 3. COMMEMORATIVE WORKS ACT. Chapter 89 of title 40, United States Code (commonly known as the `Commemorative Works Act'), shall apply to the design and placement of the plaque within the area of the World War II Memorial.
H.Res.1033 Apr-10-13
STATUS: April 9, 2013.--Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-29. 04/10/2013: Received. 04/10/2013: Received in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Passed/agreed to in House, 283 - 122. May 22, 2014.--Reported in Senate with an amendment. S. Rept No. 113-172. May 22, 2014.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar .[Calendar No. 398]. H.R.1033 American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act of 2013 (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 1033 RFS 113th CONGRESS1st Session H. R. 1033IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESApril 10, 2013 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To authorize the acquisition and protection of nationally significant battlefields and associated sites of the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812 under the American Battlefield Protection Program. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `American Battlefield Protection Program Amendments Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. REVOLUTIONARY WAR AND WAR OF 1812 AMERICAN BATTLEFIELD PROTECTION. Section 7301(c) of the Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009 (Public Law 111-11) is amended as follows: (1) In paragraph (1)-- (A) by striking subparagraph (A) and inserting the following: `(A) BATTLEFIELD REPORT- The term `battlefield report' means, collectively-- `(i) the report entitled `Report on the Nation's Civil War Battlefields', prepared by the Civil War Sites Advisory Commission, and dated July 1993; and `(ii) the report entitled `Report to Congress on the Historic Preservation of Revolutionary War and War of 1812 Sites in the United States', prepared by the National Park Service, and dated September 2007.'; and (B) in subparagraph (C)(ii), by striking `Battlefield Report' and inserting `battlefield report'. (2) In paragraph (2), by inserting `eligible sites or' after `acquiring'. (3) In paragraph (3), by inserting `an eligible site or' after `acquire'. (4) In paragraph (4), by inserting `an eligible site or' after
S.1024 May-22-13
STATUS: May 22, 2013: Introduced. S.1024 Virginia Outer Continental Shelf Energy Production Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 1024 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 1024 To provide for the inclusion of Lease Sale 220 in the outer Continental Shelf leasing program for fiscal years 2012-2017, to revise the map for the Mid-Atlantic planning area, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMay 22, 2013 Mr. WARNER (for himself and Mr. KAINE) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for the inclusion of Lease Sale 220 in the outer Continental Shelf leasing program for fiscal years 2012-2017, to revise the map for the Mid-Atlantic planning area, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Virginia Outer Continental Shelf Energy Production Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) LEASE SALE 220- The term `Lease Sale 220' means the sale of Federal oil, gas, wind, or alternative and renewable energy exploration leases in the outer Continental Shelf planning area located off the coast of the State. (2) QUALIFIED REVENUES- The term `qualified revenues' means all rentals, royalties, bonus bids, and other sums due and payable to the United States under a lease sale conducted under section 3(a)(1). (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (4) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Virginia. SEC. 3. OUTER CONTINENTAL SHELF ENERGY LEASES OFF THE COAST OF THE STATE OF VIRGINIA. (a) Authorization of Lease Sales- In carrying out the outer Continental Shelf leasing program for fiscal years 2012-2017 prepared under section 18 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344), the Secretary shall-- (1) include in the schedule of proposed lease sales-- (A) Lease Sale 220; and (B) any areas off the coast of the State that are included in the Mid-Atlantic planning area as a result of the revision to the map under section 4(b); and (2) provide that the Secretary shall not make any tract available for lease under paragraph (1) if the President, in consultation with the Committees on Armed Services of the Senate and the House of Representatives, determines that the lease of that tract would conflict with military operations relating to national security. (b) Disposition of Revenues- (1) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding section 9 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1338) and subject to the provisions of this section, for each applicable fiscal year, the Secretary of the Treasury shall deposit-- (A) 50 percent of any qualified revenues in the general fund of the Treasury; and (B) 50 percent of any qualified revenues in a special account in the Treasury to be used for the purposes described in paragraph (2). (2) DISPOSITION OF REVENUES TO STATE- Of the qualified revenues described in paragraph (1)(B)-- (A) 75 percent shall be disbursed to the State; and (B) 25 percent shall be used, at the discretion of the President-- (i) to enhance State land and water conservation efforts; (ii) to improve State public transportation projects; and (iii) to establish State alternative and renewable energy systems. SEC. 4. REVISED MAP OF THE MID-ATLANTIC PLANNING AREA. (a) Definition of Mid-Atlantic State- In this section, the term `Mid-Atlantic State' means each of the States of Delaware, North Carolina, Maryland, and Virginia. (b) Revision of Map- Subject to subsection (c), the Secretary shall revise the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement map entitled `Atlantic NAD 83 Federal Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Administrative Boundaries' and dated January 2010 to ensure that the square footage of the leasable area in the Mid-Atlantic planning area is directly proportional to the length of the tidal shoreline of the Mid-Atlantic States, as determined using the information on tidal shorelines provided in the document published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration entitled `The Coastline of the United States' and numbered NOAA/PA 71046 (1975). (c) Limitation- Nothing in this section affects the boundary of Lease Sale 220.