Committee Legislation

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H.Res.678 Apr-15-13
STATUS: February 13, 2013: Introduced to House. March 25, 2013: Reported in House. April 13, 2013: Passed the House. April 15, 2013: Introduced in Senate. April 23, 2013: Hearing by Subcommittee (9) May 13, 2013: Reported to Senate without an amendment or written report. May 13, 2013: Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 72] June 3, 2013: Filed written report to the Senate. S. Rept. 113-39. August 1, 2013.--Passed Senate without amendment (Unanimous Consent). August 9, 2013.--Approved. Public Law 113-24. H.R.678 Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 678 RFS 113th CONGRESS1st Session H. R. 678IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESApril 15, 2013 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To authorize all Bureau of Reclamation conduit facilities for hydropower development under Federal Reclamation law, 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 `Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act'. SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION. Section 9(c) of the Reclamation Project Act of 1939 (43 U.S.C. 485h(c)) is amended-- (1) by striking `The Secretary is authorized to enter into contracts to furnish water' and inserting the following: `(1) The Secretary is authorized to enter into contracts to furnish water'; (2) by striking `(1) shall' and inserting `(A) shall'; (3) by striking `(2) shall' and inserting `(B) shall'; (4) by striking `respecting the terms of sales of electric power and leases of power privileges shall be in addition and alternative to any authority in existing laws relating to particular projects' and inserting `respecting the sales of electric power and leases of power privileges shall be an authorization in addition to and alternative to any authority in existing laws related to particular projects, including small conduit hydropower development'; and (5) by adding at the end the following: `(2)(A) When carrying out this subsection, the Secretary shall first offer the lease of power privilege to an irrigation district or water users association operating the applicable transferred conduit, or to the irrigation district or water users association receiving water from the applicable reserved conduit. The Secretary shall determine a reasonable time frame for the irrigation district or water users association to accept or reject a lease of power privilege offer for a small conduit hydropower project. `(B) If the irrigation district or water users association elects not accept a lease of power privilege offer under subparagraph (A), the Secretary shall offer the lease of power privilege to other parties in accordance with this subsection. `(3) The Bureau of Reclamation shall apply its categorical exclusion process under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) to small conduit hydropower development under this subsection, excluding siting of associated transmission facilities on Federal lands. `(4) The Power Resources Office of the Bureau of Reclamation shall be the lead office of small conduit hydropower policy and procedure-setting activities conducted under this subsection. `(5) Nothing in this subsection shall obligate the Western Area Power Administration, the Bonneville Power Administration, or the Southwestern Power Administration to purchase or market any of the power produced by the facilities covered under this subsection and none of the costs associated with production or delivery of such power shall be assigned to project purposes for inclusion in project rates. `(6) Nothing in this subsection shall alter or impede the delivery and management of water by Bureau of Reclamation facilities, as water used for conduit hydropower generation shall be deemed incidental to use of water for the original project purposes. Lease of power privilege shall be made only when, in the judgment of the Secretary, the exercise of the lease will not be incompatible with the purposes of the project or division involved, nor shall it create any unmitigated financial or physical impacts to the project or division involved. The Secretary shall notify and consult with the irrigation district or water users association operating the transferred conduit before offering the lease of power privilege and shall prescribe terms and conditions that will adequately protect the planning, design, construction, operation, maintenance, and other interests of the United States and the project or division involved. `(7) Nothing in this subsection shall alter or affect any existing agreements for the development of conduit hydropower projects or disposition of revenues. `(8) Nothing in this subsection shall alter or affect any existing preliminary permit, license, or exemption issued by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission under Part I of the Federal Power Act (16 U.S.C. 792 et seq.) or any project for which an application has been filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as of the date of the enactment of the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act. `(9) In this subsection: `(A) CONDUIT- The term `conduit' means any Bureau of Reclamation tunnel, canal, pipeline, aqueduct, flume, ditch, or similar manmade water conveyance that is operated for the distribution of water for agricultural, municipal, or industrial consumption and not primarily for the generation of electricity. `(B) IRRIGATION DISTRICT- The term `irrigation district' means any irrigation, water conservation or conservancy, multicounty water conservation or conservancy district, or any separate public entity composed of two or more such districts and jointly exercising powers of its member districts. `(C) RESERVED CONDUIT- The term `reserved conduit' means any conduit that is included in project works the care, operation, and maintenance of which has been reserved by the Secretary, through the Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation. `(D) TRANSFERRED CONDUIT- The term `transferred conduit' means any conduit that is included in project works the care, operation, and maintenance of which has been transferred to a legally organized water users association or irrigation district. `(E) SMALL CONDUIT HYDROPOWER- The term `small conduit hydropower' means a facility capable of producing 5 megawatts or less of electric capacity.'. Passed the House of Representatives April 10, 2013.
H.Res.674 Jun-18-13
STATUS: June 18, 2013.--Introduced. H.R.674 Rota Cultural and Natural Resources Study Act (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 674 RFS 113th CONGRESS1st Session H. R. 674IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJune 18, 2013 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to study the suitability and feasibility of designating prehistoric, historic, and limestone forest sites on Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as a unit of the National Park System. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; FINDINGS. (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `Rota Cultural and Natural Resources Study Act'. (b) Findings- Congress finds as follows: (1) The island of Rota was the only major island in the Mariana Islands to be spared the destruction and large scale land use changes brought about by World War II. (2) The island of Rota has been described by professional archeologists as having the most numerous, most intact, and generally the most unique prehistoric sites of any of the islands of the Mariana Archipelago. (3) The island of Rota contains remaining examples of what is known as the Latte Phase of the cultural tradition of the indigenous Chamorro people of the Mariana Islands. Latte stone houses are remnants of the ancient Chamorro culture. (4) Four prehistoric sites are listed on the National Register of Historic Places: Monchon Archeological District (also known locally as Monchon Latte Stone Village), Taga Latte Stone Quarry, the Dugi Archeological Site that contains latte stone structures, and the Chugai Pictograph Cave that contains examples of ancient Chamorro rock art. Alaguan Bay Ancient Village is another latte stone prehistoric site that is surrounded by tall-canopy limestone forest. (5) In addition to prehistoric sites, the island of Rota boasts historic sites remaining from the Japanese period (1914-1945). Several of these sites are on the National Register of Historic Places: Nanyo Kohatsu Kabushiki Kaisha Sugar Mill, Japanese Coastal Defense Gun, and the Japanese Hospital. (6) The island of Rota's natural resources are significant because of the extent and intact condition of its native limestone forest that provides habitat for several federally endangered listed species, the Mariana crow, and the Rota bridled white-eye birds, that are also native to the island of Rota. Three endangered plant species are also found on Rota and two are endemic to the island. (7) Because of the significant cultural and natural resources listed above, on September 2005, the National Park Service, Pacific West Region, completed a preliminary resource assessment on the island of Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, which determined that the `establishment of a unit of the national park system appear[ed] to be the best way to ensure the long term protection of Rota's most important cultural resources and its best examples of its native limestone forest.'. SEC. 2. NPS STUDY OF SITES ON THE ISLAND OF ROTA, COMMONWEALTH OF THE NORTHERN MARIANA ISLANDS. (a) Study- The Secretary of the Interior shall-- (1) carry out a study regarding the suitability and feasibility of designating prehistoric, historic, and limestone forest sites on the island of Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, as a unit of the National Park System; and (2) consider management alternatives for the island of Rota, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (b) Study Process and Completion- Except as provided by subsection (c) of this section, section 8(c) of Public Law 91-383 (16 U.S.C. 1a-5(c)) shall apply to the conduct and completion of the study required by this section. (c) Submission of Study Results- Not later than 3 years after the date that funds are made available for this section, 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 describing the results of the study. Passed the House of Representatives June 17, 2013. Attest: KAREN L. HAAS, Clerk.
S.659 Mar-22-13
STATUS: March 22, 2013.--Introduced. April 16, 2013.--Subcommittee on Water and Power hearing held. May 16, 2013.--Full committee markup; Ordered to be reported with an amendment favorably. July 15, 2013.--Reported to the Senate with an amendment. S. Rept. No. 113-73. July 15, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar. [Calendar No. 130]. S.659 To reauthorize the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991, and for other purposes. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 659 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 659 To reauthorize the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMarch 22, 2013 Mr. WYDEN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To reauthorize the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991, 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. EXTENSION OF RECLAMATION STATES EMERGENCY DROUGHT RELIEF ACT OF 1991. (a) Termination of Authority- Section 104(c) of the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991 (43 U.S.C. 2214(c)) is amended by striking `2012' and inserting `2018'. (b) Authorization of Appropriations- Section 301 of the Reclamation States Emergency Drought Relief Act of 1991 (43 U.S.C. 2241) is amended-- (1) by striking `$90,000,000' and inserting `$110,000,000'; and (2) by striking `2012' and inserting `2018'.
S.651 Mar-22-13
STATUS: March 22, 2013.--Introduced. S.651 Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 651 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 651 To provide for the withdrawal and protection of certain Federal land in the State of Colorado, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMarch 22, 2013 Mr. BENNET introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for the withdrawal and protection of certain Federal land in the State of Colorado, 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 `Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSES. (a) Findings- Congress finds that-- (1) the Thompson Divide in western Colorado is an area comprised of Federal and non-Federal land that provides important watershed, scenic, recreational, wildlife, and other benefits to the general public and local communities; (2) the Thompson Divide provides rural character, a robust agriculture-based economy, and outstanding recreational and sporting opportunities to many surrounding communities; and (3) the Thompson Divide provides important spring and summer grazing land for historical ranching operations. (b) Purposes- The purposes of this Act are-- (1) subject to valid existing rights, to withdraw certain Federal land and mineral rights in the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Area from-- (A) disposition under the mineral and geothermal leasing laws of the United States; (B) location, patent, and entry under mining laws of the United States; and (C) all forms of appropriation or disposal under the public land laws; and (2) to allow for the retirement, purchase, donation, voluntary exchange, or other acquisition of mineral and other interests in land from willing sellers within the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Area. SEC. 3. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `Thompson Creek Divide Proposed Withdrawal' and dated May 31, 2012. (2) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (3) THOMPSON DIVIDE WITHDRAWAL AND PROTECTION AREA- The term `Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Area' means the Federal land consisting of the approximately 183,000 acres depicted on the map as `Thompson Creek Divide Proposed Withdrawal'. SEC. 4. THOMPSON DIVIDE WITHDRAWAL AND PROTECTION AREA. (a) In General- Subject to valid existing rights, the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Area is withdrawn from all forms of-- (1) entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws; (2) location, entry, and patent under mining laws; and (3) operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws. (b) Surveys- The exact acreage and legal description of the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Area shall be determined by surveys approved by the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture. (c) Acquisition of Mineral Rights- (1) NOTIFICATION- (A) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, shall provide written notice to holders of valid existing mineral leases or other mineral interests within the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Area of the potential opportunity for donation, voluntary exchange, or other relinquishment of those rights for retirement under this Act. (B) NOTIFICATION TO SECRETARY- On receipt of the notification under subparagraph (A), a holder of a valid mineral lease or other mineral interest within the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Area may submit a written notice to the Secretary of the interest of the holder in the retirement or other conveyance of that right for withdrawal and protection purposes. (C) LIST OF INTERESTED HOLDERS- The Secretary shall prepare a list of interested holders under subparagraph (A) and make the list available to-- (i) the Secretary of Agriculture; (ii) any non-Federal nonprofit organization described in section 170(h) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986; or (iii) any person interested in acquiring a right for retirement under this Act. (2) WITHDRAWAL AND RETIREMENT- If any mineral lease or other mineral interest is relinquished, donated to, exchanged, or otherwise acquired by the United States wholly or partially within the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Area under this Act or under the authority of the Secretary or the Secretary of Agriculture, respectively the land shall, without further action by the Secretary concerned, be automatically withdrawn from all forms of-- (A) entry, appropriation, and disposal under the public land laws; (B) location, entry, and patent under mining laws; and (C) operation of the mineral leasing, mineral materials, and geothermal leasing laws. (3) PROHIBITION- The Secretary and the Secretary of Agriculture shall not use Federal funds to repurchase any valid Federal mineral lease or other mineral interest within the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Area. (4) APPLICABILITY- (A) EXISTING RIGHTS- Nothing in this Act expands, diminishes, impairs, or otherwise affects any valid existing mineral leases, mineral interest, or other private property rights wholly or partially within the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Area, including access to the leases, rights, or land in accordance with applicable Federal, State, and local laws (including regulations). (B) PRIOR LEASE SALES- Nothing in this Act prohibits the Secretary from taking any action necessary to issue, deny, remove the suspension of, or cancel a lease or any sold lease parcel that has not been issued pursuant to any lease sale carried out prior to the date of enactment of this Act, including the completion of any requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).
S.630 Mar-20-13
STATUS: March 20, 2013.--Introduced. S.630 FAIR Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 630 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 630 To establish a partnership between States that produce energy onshore and offshore for our country with the Federal Government. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 20, 2013 Ms. MURKOWSKI (for herself, Ms. LANDRIEU, Mr. BEGICH, and Ms. HEITKAMP) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish a partnership between States that produce energy onshore and offshore for our country with the Federal Government. 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 `Fixing America's Inequities with Revenues Act of 2013' or the `FAIR Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. DISTRIBUTION OF REVENUES TO COASTAL STATES. Section 9 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1338) is amended to read as follows: `SEC. 9. DISPOSITION OF REVENUES. `(a) Definitions- In this section: `(1) ALTERNATIVE AND RENEWABLE ENERGY- The term `alternative and renewable energy' means energy derived from-- `(A) a wind, solar, renewable biomass, or ocean (including tidal, wave, current, and thermal) source; or `(B) hydrogen derived from renewable biomass or water using an energy source described in subparagraph (A). `(2) COASTAL POLITICAL SUBDIVISION- The term `coastal political subdivision' means a county-equivalent subdivision of a coastal State all or part of which-- `(A) lies within the coastal zone (as defined in section 304 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 1453)); and `(B) the closest point of which is not more than 200 nautical miles from the geographical center of any leased tract. `(3) COASTAL STATE- The term `coastal State' means a State with a coastal seaward boundary within 200 nautical miles distance of the geographical center of a leased tract in an outer Continental Shelf area that is not a Gulf producing State (as defined in section 102 of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note; Public Law 109-432)). `(4) DISTANCE- The terms `distance' and `distances' mean minimum great circle distance and distances, respectively. `(5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. `(b) Coastal State Revenue Sharing for Outer Continental Shelf Energy Sources- `(1) IN GENERAL- Subject to the other provisions of this section, for fiscal year 2013 and each subsequent fiscal year-- `(A) the Secretary of the Treasury shall deposit in the Treasury, 37.5 percent of all revenues derived from all rentals, royalties, bonus bids, and other sums due and payable to the United States from energy development on the outer Continental Shelf areas of coastal States; and `(B) the Secretary shall, in accordance with subsection (b), disburse-- `(i) 27.5 percent of the revenues described in subparagraph (A) to coastal States and coastal political subdivisions; and `(ii) 10 percent of the revenues to coastal States that establish funds in the treasuries of the coastal States to support projects and activities relating to alternative and renewable energy, energy research and development, energy efficiency, or conservation. `(2) EXCLUSIONS- The revenues described in paragraph (1) do not include revenues generated from leases subject to section 8(g). `(3) ALLOCATION AMONG COASTAL STATES AND COASTAL POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS- `(A) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), for each fiscal year, the amount made available under subsection (a) from any lease shall be allocated to each coastal State in amounts (based on a formula established by the Secretary by regulation) that are inversely proportional to the respective distances between the point on the coastline of each coastal State that is closest to the geographic center of the applicable leased tract and the geographic center of the leased tract. `(B) LIMITATION- The allocable share of a coastal State is limited to the revenues collected from a leased tract located no more than 200 nautical miles from the coastline of the coastal State. `(C) PAYMENTS TO COASTAL POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS- `(i) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall pay 25 percent of the allocable share of each coastal State, as determined under paragraph (1), to the coastal political subdivisions of the coastal State. `(ii) ALLOCATION- The amount paid by the Secretary to coastal political subdivisions shall be allocated to each coastal political subdivision in accordance with subparagraphs (B) and (C) of section 31(b)(4) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1356a(b)(4)). `(iii) EXCEPTION FOR THE STATE OF ALASKA- For purposes of carrying out subparagraph (A) in the State of Alaska, of the amount paid by the Secretary to coastal political subdivisions-- `(I) 90 percent shall be allocated in amounts (based on a formula established by the Secretary by regulation) that are inversely proportional to the respective distances between the point in each coastal political subdivision that is closest to the geographic center of the applicable leased tract and the geographic center of the leased tract; and `(II) 10 percent shall be divided equally among each coastal political subdivision that-- `(aa) is more than 200 nautical miles from the geographic center of a leased tract; and `(bb) the State of Alaska determines to be a significant staging area for oil and gas servicing, supply vessels, operations, suppliers, or workers. `(4) ADMINISTRATION- The Secretary shall ensure that revenues from all sources of alternative and renewable energy leased, developed, or produced from any outer Continental Shelf area are distributed among coastal States, coastal political subdivisions, and Gulf producing States (as defined in section 102 of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note; Public Law 109-432)) in accordance with this section. `(c) Revenue Sharing for Certain Onshore Energy Sources- The Secretary of the Treasury shall disburse 50 percent of all revenues derived from all rentals, royalties, bonus bids, rights-of-way, and other amounts due and payable to the United States from the development of alternative and renewable onshore energy sources to the State within the boundaries of which the energy source is located.'. SEC. 3. DISTRIBUTION OF REVENUES TO GULF PRODUCING STATES. (a) Definition of Qualified Outer Continental Shelf Revenues- Section 102(9) of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note; Public Law 109-432) is amended-- (1) by striking subparagraph (A); and (2) by inserting the following: `(A) IN GENERAL- The term `qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues' means all rentals, royalties, bonus bids, and other sums due and payable to the United States received on or after October 1, 2012, from leases entered into on or after the date of enactment of Public Law 109-432 for-- `(i) the 181 Area; `(ii) the 181 South Area; and `(iii) the 2002-2007 planning area.'. (b) Disposition of Qualified Outer Continental Shelf Revenues- Section 105 of the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note; Public Law 109-432) is amended-- (1) in subsection (b)-- (A) in paragraph (1)-- (i) in the paragraph heading, by striking `2016' and inserting `2012'; and (ii) in subparagraph (A), by striking `2016' and inserting `2012'; and (B) in paragraph (2)-- (i) in the paragraph heading, by striking `2017' and inserting `2013'; and (ii) in subparagraph (A), by striking `2017' and inserting `2013'; and (2) by striking subsection (f) and inserting the following: `(f) Limitations on Amount of Distributed Qualified Outer Continental Shelf Revenues- `(1) DISTRIBUTION TO GULF PRODUCING STATES- `(A) IN GENERAL- Subject to subparagraphs (B) and (C), the total amount of qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues made available under subsection (a)(2) shall not exceed $500,000,000 for each fiscal year. `(B) CAP INCREASE FOR GULF PRODUCING STATES- In the case of the qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues that may be made available to Gulf producing States under subsection (a)(2)(A), the cap on amounts specified in subparagraph (A) shall be for-- `(i) fiscal year 2014, $600,000,000; and `(ii) each of fiscal years 2015 through 2023, the applicable amount for the previous fiscal year increased by $100,000,000. `(C) SUBSEQUENT FISCAL YEARS- For fiscal year 2024 and each fiscal year thereafter, all qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues made available under subsection (a)(2)(A) shall be made available without limitation for allocation to the Gulf producing States in accordance with subsection (b). `(2) PRO RATA REDUCTIONS- If paragraph (1) limits the amount of qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues that would be paid under subsection (a)(2)(A)-- `(A) the Secretary shall reduce the amount of qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues provided to each recipient on a pro rata basis; and `(B) any remainder of the qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues shall revert to the general fund of the Treasury.'. SEC. 4. EFFECTIVE DATE. This Act and the amendments made by this Act take effect on October 1, 2012.
S.618 Mar-20-13
STATUS: March 20, 2013.--Introduced. S.618 Pacific Islands Parks Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 618 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 618 To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain special resource studies. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 20, 2013 Mr. SCHATZ introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To require the Secretary of the Interior to conduct certain special resource studies. 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 `Pacific Islands Parks Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. DEFINITION OF SECRETARY. In this Act, the term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. SEC. 3. SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDIES. (a) Study- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall conduct a special resource study of each of the following sites: (A) The Ka`u Coast on the island of Hawaii, Hawaii. (B) The northern coast of Maui, Hawaii. (C) The southeastern coast of Kauai, Hawaii. (D) Historic sites on Midway Atoll. (E) On request of the Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, the island of Rota in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. (2) CONTENTS- In conducting each study required under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall-- (A) evaluate the national significance of the site and the area surrounding the site; (B) determine the suitability and feasibility of designating the site as a unit of the National Park System; (C) consider other alternatives for preservation, protection, and interpretation of the site by Federal, State, or local governmental entities or private and nonprofit organizations; (D) consult with any interested Federal, State, or local governmental entities, private and nonprofit organizations, or individuals; and (E) identify cost estimates for any Federal acquisition, development, interpretation, operation, and maintenance associated with the alternatives considered under the study. (b) Updates- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall update the study authorized by section 326(b)(3)(N) of the National Park Service Studies Act of 1999 (as enacted in title III of Appendix C of Public Law 106-113; 113 Stat. 1501A-195) relating to World War II sites in the Republic of Palau. (2) CONTENTS- In updating the study described in paragraph (1), the Secretary shall-- (A) determine whether conditions have changed to justify designating the site as a unit of the National Park System; (B) consider other alternatives for preservation, protection, and interpretation of the site by Federal, State, or local governmental entities or private and nonprofit organizations; (C) consult with any interested Federal, State, or local governmental entities, private and nonprofit organizations, or individuals; and (D) identify cost estimates for any Federal acquisition, development, interpretation, operation, and maintenance associated with the alternatives considered under the study. (c) Applicable Law- The studies and updates to the study required under this section shall be conducted in accordance with section 8 of the National Park System General Authorities Act (16 U.S.C. 1a-5). (d) Report- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available for the studies and updates to the study under this Act, 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 that describes-- (1) the results of each study and updates to the study; and (2) any conclusions and recommendations of the Secretary based on the results described in paragraph (1). SEC. 4. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act such sums as are necessary.
S.615 Mar-19-13
STATUS: March 19, 2013.--Introduced. March 20, 2013.--Mr. Murphy added as cosponsor. April 23, 2013.--Subcommittee on National Parks hearings held. S.615 Coltsville National Historical Park Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 615 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 615 To establish Coltsville National Historical Park in the State of Connecticut, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 19, 2013 Mr. BLUMENTHAL introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish Coltsville National Historical Park in the State of Connecticut, 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 `Coltsville National Historical Park Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. For the purposes of this Act: (1) CITY- The term `city' means the city of Hartford, Connecticut. (2) COMMISSION- The term `Commission' means the Coltsville National Historical Park Advisory Commission established by subsection 6(a). (3) HISTORIC DISTRICT- The term `Historic District' means the Coltsville Historic District. (4) MAP- The term `map' means the map titled `Coltsville National Historical Park--Proposed Boundary', numbered T25/102087, and dated May 11, 2010. (5) PARK- The term `park' means the Coltsville National Historical Park in the State of Connecticut. (6) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (7) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Connecticut. SEC. 3. COLTSVILLE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK. (a) Establishment- (1) IN GENERAL- Subject to paragraph (2), there is established in the State a unit of the National Park System to be known as the `Coltsville National Historical Park'. (2) CONDITIONS FOR ESTABLISHMENT- The park shall not be established until the date on which the Secretary determines that-- (A) the Secretary has acquired by donation sufficient land or an interest in land within the boundary of the park to constitute a manageable unit; (B) the State, city, or private property owner, as appropriate, has entered into a written agreement with the Secretary to donate at least 10,000 square feet of space in the East Armory which would include facilities for park administration and visitor services; and (C) the Secretary has entered into a written agreement with the State, city, or other public entity, as appropriate, providing that-- (i) land owned by the State, city, or other public entity within the Coltsville Historic District shall be managed consistent with this section; and (ii) future uses of land within the historic district shall be compatible with the designation of the park and the city's preservation ordinance. (b) Boundaries- The park shall include and provide appropriate interpretation and viewing of the following sites, as generally depicted on the map: (1) The East Armory. (2) The Church of the Good Shepherd. (3) The Caldwell/Colt Memorial Parish House. (4) Colt Park. (5) The Potsdam Cottages. (6) Armsmear. (7) The James Colt House. (c) Collections- The Secretary shall enter into a written agreement with the State of Connecticut State Library, Wadsworth Atheneum, and the Colt Trust, or other public entities, as appropriate, to gain appropriate access to Colt-related artifacts for the purposes of having items routinely on display in the East Armory or within the park as determined by the Secretary as a major function of the visitor experience. SEC. 4. ADMINISTRATION. (a) In General- The Secretary shall administer the park in accordance with-- (1) this Act; and (2) the laws generally applicable to units of the National Park System, including-- (A) the National Park Service Organic Act (16 U.S.C. 1 et seq.); and (B) the Act of August 21, 1935 (16 U.S.C. 461 et seq.). (b) State and Local Jurisdiction- Nothing in this Act enlarges, diminishes, or modifies any authority of the State, or any political subdivision of the State (including the city)-- (1) to exercise civil and criminal jurisdiction; or (2) to carry out State laws (including regulations) and rules on non-Federal land located within the boundary of the park. (c) Cooperative Agreements- (1) IN GENERAL- As the Secretary determines to be appropriate to carry out this Act, the Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements with the owner of any property within the Coltsville Historic District or any nationally significant properties within the boundary of the park, under which the Secretary may identify, interpret, restore, rehabilitate, and provide technical assistance for the preservation of the properties. (2) RIGHT OF ACCESS- A cooperative agreement entered into under paragraph (1) shall provide that the Secretary, acting through the Director of the National Park Service, shall have the right of access at all reasonable times to all public portions of the property covered by the agreement for the purposes of-- (A) conducting visitors through the properties; and (B) interpreting the properties for the public. (3) CHANGES OR ALTERATIONS- No changes or alterations shall be made to any properties covered by a cooperative agreement entered into under paragraph (1) unless the Secretary and the other party to the agreement agree to the changes or alterations. (4) CONVERSION, USE, OR DISPOSAL- Any payment by the Secretary under this subsection shall be subject to an agreement that the conversion, use, or disposal of a project for purposes contrary to the purposes of this section, as determined by the Secretary, shall entitle the United States to reimbursement in an amount equal to the greater of-- (A) the amounts made available to the project by the United States; or (B) the portion of the increased value of the project attributable to the amounts made available under this subsection, as determined at the time of the conversion, use, or disposal. (5) MATCHING FUNDS- (A) IN GENERAL- As a condition of the receipt of funds under this subsection, the Secretary shall require that any Federal funds made available under a cooperative agreement shall be matched on a 1-to-1 basis by non-Federal funds. (B) FORM- With the approval of the Secretary, the non-Federal share required under subparagraph (A) may be in the form of donated property, goods, or services from a non-Federal source, fairly valued. (d) Acquisition of Land- The Secretary is authorized to acquire land and interests in land by donation, purchase with donated or appropriated funds, or exchange, except that land or interests in land owned by the State or any political subdivision of the State may be acquired only by donation. (e) Technical Assistance and Public Interpretation- The Secretary may provide technical assistance and public interpretation of related historic and cultural resources within the boundary of the historic district. SEC. 5. MANAGEMENT PLAN. (a) In General- Not later than 3 fiscal years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the Commission, shall complete a management plan for the park in accordance with-- (1) section 12(b) of Public Law 91-383 (commonly known as the National Park Service General Authorities Act) (16 U.S.C. 1a-7(b)); and (2) other applicable laws. (b) Cost Share- The management plan shall include provisions that identify costs to be shared by the Federal Government, the State, and the city, and other public or private entities or individuals for necessary capital improvements to, and maintenance and operations of, the park. (c) Submission to Congress- On completion of the management plan, the Secretary shall submit the management plan to-- (1) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives; and (2) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate. SEC. 6. COLTSVILLE NATIONAL HISTORICAL PARK ADVISORY COMMISSION. (a) Establishment- There is established a Commission to be known as the Coltsville National Historical Park Advisory Commission. (b) Duty- The Commission shall advise the Secretary in the development and implementation of the management plan. (c) Membership- (1) COMPOSITION- The Commission shall be composed of 11 members, to be appointed by the Secretary, of whom-- (A) 2 members shall be appointed after consideration of recommendations submitted by the Governor of the State; (B) 1 member shall be appointed after consideration of recommendations submitted by the State Senate President; (C) 1 member shall be appointed after consideration of recommendations submitted by the Speaker of the State House of Representatives; (D) 2 members shall be appointed after consideration of recommendations submitted by the Mayor of Hartford, Connecticut; (E) 2 members shall be appointed after consideration of recommendations submitted by Connecticut's 2 United States Senators; (F) 1 member shall be appointed after consideration of recommendations submitted by Connecticut's First Congressional District Representative; (G) 2 members shall have experience with national parks and historic preservation; (H) all appointments must have significant experience with and knowledge of the Coltsville Historic District; and (I) 1 member of the Commission must live in the Sheldon/Charter Oak neighborhood within the Coltsville Historic District. (2) INITIAL APPOINTMENTS- The Secretary shall appoint the initial members of the Commission not later than the earlier of-- (A) the date that is 30 days after the date on which the Secretary has received all of the recommendations for appointments under paragraph (1); or (B) the date that is 30 days after the park is established. (d) Term; Vacancies- (1) TERM- (A) IN GENERAL- A member shall be appointed for a term of 3 years. (B) REAPPOINTMENT- A member may be reappointed for not more than 1 additional term. (2) VACANCIES- A vacancy on the Commission shall be filled in the same manner as the original appointment was made. (e) Meetings- The Commission shall meet at the call of-- (1) the Chairperson; or (2) a majority of the members of the Commission. (f) Quorum- A majority of the Commission shall constitute a quorum. (g) Chairperson and Vice Chairperson- (1) IN GENERAL- The Commission shall select a Chairperson and Vice Chairperson from among the members of the Commission. (2) VICE CHAIRPERSON- The Vice Chairperson shall serve as Chairperson in the absence of the Chairperson. (3) TERM- A member may serve as Chairperson or Vice Chairperson for not more than 1 year in each office. (h) Commission Personnel Matters- (1) COMPENSATION OF MEMBERS- (A) IN GENERAL- Members of the Commission shall serve without compensation. (B) TRAVEL EXPENSES- Members of the Commission shall be allowed travel expenses, including per diem in lieu of subsistence, at rates authorized for an employee of an agency under subchapter I of chapter 57 of title 5, United States Code, while away from the home or regular place of business of the member in the performance of the duty of the Commission. (2) STAFF- (A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall provide the Commission with any staff members and technical assistance that the Secretary, after consultation with the Commission, determines to be appropriate to enable the Commission to carry out the duty of the Commission. (B) DETAIL OF EMPLOYEES- The Secretary may accept the services of personnel detailed from the State or any political subdivision of the State. (i) FACA Nonapplicability- Section 14(b) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.) shall not apply to the Commission. (j) Termination- (1) IN GENERAL- Unless extended under paragraph (2), the Commission shall terminate on the date that is 10 years after the date of the enactment of this Act. (2) EXTENSION- Eight years after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Commission shall make a recommendation to the Secretary if a body of its nature is still necessary to advise on the development of the park. If, based on a recommendation under this paragraph, the Secretary determines that the Commission is still necessary, the Secretary may extend the life of the Commission for not more than 10 years.
S.609 Mar-19-13
STATUS: March 19, 2013.--Introduced. April 25, 2013.--Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining hearing held. May 16, 2013.--Full committee markup; Ordered to be reported with amendments favorably. June 27, 2013.--Reported to Senate with amendments. S. Rept. 113-66. June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 120]. July 9, 2014.--Passed Senate without amendments by Unanimous Consent. July 10, 2014.--Message on Senate action sent to House. July 10, 2014.--Received in House and held at the desk. July 23, 2014.--Referred to House Committee on Natural Resources. July 29, 2014.--Subcommittee hearing held. September 18, 2014.-- House ordered to be Reported by Unanimous Consent. S.609 San Juan County Federal Land Conveyance Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 609 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 609 To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land in San Juan County, New Mexico, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMarch 19, 2013 Mr. UDALL of New Mexico (for himself and Mr. HEINRICH) 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 convey certain Federal land in San Juan County, New Mexico, 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 `San Juan County Federal Land Conveyance Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) FEDERAL LAND- The term `Federal land' means the approximately 19 acres of Federal land generally depicted as `Lands Authorized for Conveyance' on the map. (2) LANDOWNER- The term `landowner' means the plaintiffs in the case styled Blancett v. United States Department of the Interior, et al., No. 10-cv-00254-JAP-KBM, United States District Court for the District of New Mexico. (3) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `San Juan County Land Conveyance' and dated June 20, 2012. (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (5) STATE- The term `State' means the State of New Mexico. SEC. 3. CONVEYANCE OF CERTAIN FEDERAL LAND IN SAN JUAN COUNTY, NEW MEXICO. (a) In General- On request of the landowner, the Secretary shall, under such terms and conditions as the Secretary may prescribe, convey to the landowner all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to any portion of the Federal land (including any improvements or appurtenances to the Federal land) by sale. (b) Survey; Administrative Costs- (1) SURVEY- The exact acreage and legal description of the Federal land to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined by a survey approved by the Secretary. (2) COSTS- The administrative costs associated with the conveyance shall be paid by the landowner. (c) Consideration- (1) IN GENERAL- As consideration for the conveyance of the Federal land under subsection (a), the landowner shall pay to the Secretary an amount equal to the fair market value of the Federal land conveyed, as determined under paragraph (2). (2) APPRAISAL- The fair market value of any Federal land that is conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined by an appraisal acceptable to the Secretary that is performed in accordance with-- (A) the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions; (B) the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice; and (C) any other applicable law (including regulations). (d) Disposition and Use of Proceeds- (1) DISPOSITION OF PROCEEDS- The Secretary shall deposit the proceeds of any conveyance of Federal land under subsection (a) in a special account in the Treasury for use in accordance with paragraph (2). (2) USE OF PROCEEDS- Amounts deposited under paragraph (1) shall be available to the Secretary, without further appropriation and until expended, for the acquisition of land or interests in land from willing sellers in the State for resource protection that is consistent with the purposes for which the Bald Eagle Area of Critical Environmental Concern in the State was established. (e) Additional Terms and Conditions- The Secretary may require such additional terms and conditions for a conveyance under subsection (a) as the Secretary determines to be appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.
S.598 Mar-18-13
STATUS: March 18, 2013.--Introduced. S.598 Deepwater Drilling Royalty Relief Prohibition Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 598 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 598 To prohibit royalty incentives for deepwater drilling, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 18, 2013 Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself and Mr. NELSON) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To prohibit royalty incentives for deepwater drilling, 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 `Deepwater Drilling Royalty Relief Prohibition Act'. SEC. 2. PROHIBITION ON ROYALTY INCENTIVES FOR DEEPWATER DRILLING. (a) In General- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary of the Interior shall not issue any oil or gas lease sale under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1331 et seq.) with royalty-based incentives in any tract located in water depths of 400 meters or more on the outer Continental Shelf. (b) Royalty Relief for Deepwater Production- Section 345 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 15905) is repealed. (c) Royalty Relief- Section 8(a)(3) of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1337(a)(3)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(D) PROHIBITION- Notwithstanding subparagraphs (A) through (C) or any other provision of law, the Secretary shall not reduce or eliminate any royalty or net profit share for any lease or unit located in water depths of 400 meters or more on the outer Continental Shelf.'. (d) Application- This section and the amendments made by this section-- (1) apply beginning with the first lease sale held on or after the date of enactment of this Act for which a final notice of sale has not been published as of that date; and (2) do not apply to a lease in effect on the date of enactment of this Act.
H.Res.573 May-16-13
STATUS: February 6, 2013.--Introduced to House February 6, 2013.--Referred to House Committee on Natural Resources April 24, 2013.--Committee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held April 24, 2013.--Ordered to be Reported by Unanimous Consent. May 14, 2013.--Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-56. May 14, 2013.--Placed on the Union Calendar, Calendar No. 34. May 14, 2013.--House Debate; On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. May 15, 2013.--Motion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection. May 16, 2013: Introduced in Senate. H.R.573 To amend Public Law 93-435 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands, providing parity with Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 573 RFS 113th CONGRESS1st Session H. R. 573IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMay 16, 2013 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To amend Public Law 93-435 with respect to the Northern Mariana Islands, providing parity with Guam, the Virgin Islands, and American Samoa. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. AMENDMENT. (a) In General- The first section and section 2 of Public Law 93-435 (48 U.S.C. 1705, 1706) are amended by inserting `the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands,' after `Guam,' each place it appears. (b) References to Date of Enactment- For the purposes of the amendment made by subsection (a), each reference in Public Law 93-435 to the `date of enactment' shall be considered to be a reference to the date of the enactment of this section. Passed the House of Representatives May 15, 2013. Attest: KAREN L. HAAS, Clerk.