Committee Legislation

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S.225 Feb-04-13
STATUS: February 4, 2013.--Introduced. April 23, 2013.-- Hearing by subcommittee on National Parks. (9) S.Hrg. 113-27 May 16, 2013.--Full committee business meeting; ordered reported without amendment favorably. (voice vote) June 27, 2013.-- Reported to the Senate without amendment. S. Rept. No. 113-53. June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 107]. S.225 Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 225 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 225 To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study of alternatives for commemorating and interpreting the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Parks, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 4, 2013 Mrs. FEINSTEIN (for herself and Mrs. BOXER) 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 study of alternatives for commemorating and interpreting the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Parks, 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 `Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks Study Act'. SEC. 2. FINDINGS AND PURPOSE. (a) Findings- The Congress finds the following: (1) In the late 19th century and early 20th century, African-American troops who came to be known as the Buffalo Soldiers served in many critical roles in the western United States, including protecting some of the first National Parks. (2) Based at the Presidio in San Francisco, Buffalo Soldiers were assigned to Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks where they patrolled the backcountry, built trails, stopped poaching, and otherwise served in the roles later assumed by National Park rangers. (3) The public would benefit from having opportunities to learn more about the Buffalo Soldiers in the National Parks and their contributions to the management of National Parks and the legacy of African-Americans in the post-Civil War era. (4) As the centennial of the National Park Service in 2016 approaches, it is an especially appropriate time to conduct research and increase public awareness of the stewardship role the Buffalo Soldiers played in the early years of the National Parks. (b) Purpose- The purpose of this Act is to authorize a study to determine the most effective ways to increase understanding and public awareness of the critical role that the Buffalo Soldiers played in the early years of the National Parks. SEC. 3. STUDY. (a) In General- The Secretary of the Interior shall conduct a study of alternatives for commemorating and interpreting the role of the Buffalo Soldiers in the early years of the National Parks. (b) Contents of Study- The study shall include-- (1) a historical assessment, based on extensive research, of the Buffalo Soldiers who served in National Parks in the years prior to the establishment of the National Park Service; (2) an evaluation of the suitability and feasibility of establishing a national historic trail commemorating the route traveled by the Buffalo Soldiers from their post in the Presidio of San Francisco to Sequoia and Yosemite National Parks and to any other National Parks where they may have served; (3) the identification of properties that could meet criteria for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or criteria for designation as National Historic Landmarks; (4) an evaluation of appropriate ways to enhance historical research, education, interpretation, and public awareness of the story of the Buffalo Soldiers' stewardship role in the National Parks, including ways to link the story to the development of National Parks and the story of African-American military service following the Civil War; and (5) any other matters that the Secretary of the Interior deems appropriate for this study. (c) Report- Not later than 3 years after funds are made available for the study, the Secretary of the Interior 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 containing the study's findings and recommendations.
S.222 Feb-25-13
STATUS: February 4, 2013.--Introduced March 14, 2013.--Full committee business meeting ordered reported without an amendment. (14-4) April 22, 2013.--Reported to the Senate without amendment. S. Rept. 113-20 April 22, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 51] S.222 To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation... (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 222 IS 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 222 To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation projects and acid mine remediation programs. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES February 4, 2013 Mr. UDALL of New Mexico (for himself, Mr. HEINRICH, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, and Mr. BENNET) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 to clarify that uncertified States and Indian tribes have the authority to use certain payments for certain noncoal reclamation projects and acid mine remediation programs. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. ABANDONED MINE RECLAMATION. (a) Reclamation Fee- Section 402(g)(6)(A) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1232(g)(6)(A)) is amended by inserting `and section 411(h)(1)' after `paragraphs (1) and (5)'. (b) Filling Voids and Sealing Tunnels- Section 409(b) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1239(b)) is amended by inserting `and section 411(h)(1)' after `section 402(g)'. (c) Use of Funds- Section 411(h)(1)(D)(ii) of the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act of 1977 (30 U.S.C. 1240a(h)(1)(D)(ii)) is amended by striking `section 403' and inserting `section 402(g)(6), 403, or 409'.
S.219 Feb-04-13
STATUS: February 4, 2013.--Introduced. April 23, 2013.--Hearing by Subcommittee on National Parks. (9) S.Hrg. 113-27 S.219 Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 219 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 219 To establish the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area in the State of Pennsylvania, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 4, 2013 Mr. CASEY introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area in the State of Pennsylvania, 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 `Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) HERITAGE AREA- The term `Heritage Area' means the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area established by section 3(a). (2) LOCAL COORDINATING ENTITY- The term `local coordinating entity' means the local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area designated by section 4(a). (3) MANAGEMENT PLAN- The term `management plan' means the plan developed by the local coordinating entity under section 5(a). (4) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (5) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Pennsylvania. SEC. 3. SUSQUEHANNA GATEWAY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA. (a) Establishment- There is established the Susquehanna Gateway National Heritage Area in the State. (b) Boundaries- The Heritage Area shall include Lancaster and York Counties, Pennsylvania. SEC. 4. DESIGNATION OF LOCAL COORDINATING ENTITY. (a) Local Coordinating Entity- The Susquehanna Heritage Corporation, a nonprofit organization established under the laws of the State, shall be the local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area. (b) Authorities of Local Coordinating Entity- The local coordinating entity may, for purposes of preparing and implementing the management plan, use Federal funds made available under this Act-- (1) to prepare reports, studies, interpretive exhibits and programs, historic preservation projects, and other activities recommended in the management plan for the Heritage Area; (2) to make grants to the State, political subdivisions of the State, nonprofit organizations, and other persons; (3) to enter into cooperative agreements with the State, political subdivisions of the State, nonprofit organizations, and other organizations; (4) to hire and compensate staff; (5) to obtain funds or services from any source, including funds and services provided under any other Federal program or law; and (6) to contract for goods and services. (c) Duties of Local Coordinating Entity- To further the purposes of the Heritage Area, the local coordinating entity shall-- (1) prepare a management plan for the Heritage Area in accordance with section 5; (2) give priority to the implementation of actions, goals, and strategies set forth in the management plan, including assisting units of government and other persons in-- (A) carrying out programs and projects that recognize and protect important resource values in the Heritage Area; (B) encouraging economic viability in the Heritage Area in accordance with the goals of the management plan; (C) establishing and maintaining interpretive exhibits in the Heritage Area; (D) developing heritage-based recreational and educational opportunities for residents and visitors in the Heritage Area; (E) increasing public awareness of and appreciation for the natural, historic, and cultural resources of the Heritage Area; (F) restoring historic buildings that are-- (i) located in the Heritage Area; and (ii) related to the themes of the Heritage Area; and (G) installing throughout the Heritage Area clear, consistent, and appropriate signs identifying public access points and sites of interest; (3) consider the interests of diverse units of government, businesses, tourism officials, private property owners, and nonprofit groups within the Heritage Area in developing and implementing the management plan; (4) conduct public meetings at least semiannually regarding the development and implementation of the management plan; and (5) for any fiscal year for which Federal funds are received under this Act-- (A) submit to the Secretary an annual report that describes-- (i) the accomplishments of the local coordinating entity; (ii) the expenses and income of the local coordinating entity; and (iii) the entities to which the local coordinating entity made any grants; (B) make available for audit all records relating to the expenditure of the Federal funds and any matching funds; and (C) require, with respect to all agreements authorizing the expenditure of Federal funds by other organizations, that the receiving organizations make available for audit all records relating to the expenditure of the Federal funds. (d) Prohibition on Acquisition of Real Property- (1) IN GENERAL- The local coordinating entity shall not use Federal funds received under this Act to acquire real property or any interest in real property. (2) OTHER SOURCES- Nothing in this Act precludes the local coordinating entity from using Federal funds from other sources for authorized purposes, including the acquisition of real property or any interest in real property. SEC. 5. MANAGEMENT PLAN. (a) In General- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available to carry out this Act, the local coordinating entity shall prepare and submit to the Secretary a management plan for the Heritage Area. (b) Contents- The management plan for the Heritage Area shall-- (1) include comprehensive policies, strategies, and recommendations for the conservation, funding, management, and development of the Heritage Area; (2) take into consideration existing State, county, and local plans; (3) specify the existing and potential sources of funding to protect, manage, and develop the Heritage Area; (4) include an inventory of the natural, historic, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area relating to the themes of the Heritage Area that should be preserved, restored, managed, developed, or maintained; and (5) include an analysis of, and recommendations for, ways in which Federal, State, and local programs, may best be coordinated to further the purposes of this Act, including recommendations for the role of the National Park Service in the Heritage Area. (c) Disqualification From Funding- If a proposed management plan is not submitted to the Secretary by the date that is 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available to carry out this Act, the local coordinating entity may not receive additional funding under this Act until the date on which the Secretary receives the proposed management plan. (d) Approval and Disapproval of Management Plan- (1) IN GENERAL- Not later than 180 days after the date on which the local coordinating entity submits the management plan to the Secretary, the Secretary shall approve or disapprove the proposed management plan. (2) CONSIDERATIONS- In determining whether to approve or disapprove the management plan, the Secretary shall consider whether-- (A) the local coordinating entity is representative of the diverse interests of the Heritage Area, including governments, natural and historic resource protection organizations, educational institutions, businesses, and recreational organizations; (B) the local coordinating entity has provided adequate opportunities (including public meetings) for public and governmental involvement in the preparation of the management plan; (C) the resource protection and interpretation strategies contained in the management plan, if implemented, would adequately protect the natural, historic, and cultural resources of the Heritage Area; and (D) the management plan is supported by the appropriate State and local officials, the cooperation of which is needed to ensure the effective implementation of the State and local aspects of the management plan. (3) DISAPPROVAL AND REVISIONS- (A) IN GENERAL- If the Secretary disapproves a proposed management plan, the Secretary shall-- (i) advise the local coordinating entity, in writing, of the reasons for the disapproval; and (ii) make recommendations for revision of the proposed management plan. (B) APPROVAL OR DISAPPROVAL- The Secretary shall approve or disapprove a revised management plan not later than 180 days after the date on which the revised management plan is submitted. (e) Approval of Amendments- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall review and approve or disapprove substantial amendments to the management plan in accordance with subsection (d). (2) FUNDING- Funds appropriated under this Act may not be expended to implement any changes made by an amendment to the management plan until the Secretary approves the amendment. SEC. 6. RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER FEDERAL AGENCIES. (a) In General- Nothing in this Act affects the authority of a Federal agency to provide technical or financial assistance under any other law. (b) Consultation and Coordination- The head of any Federal agency planning to conduct activities that may have an impact on the Heritage Area is encouraged to consult and coordinate the activities with the Secretary and the local coordinating entity to the extent practicable. (c) Other Federal Agencies- Nothing in this Act-- (1) modifies, alters, or amends any law or regulation authorizing a Federal agency to manage Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Federal agency; (2) limits the discretion of a Federal land manager to implement an approved land use plan within the boundaries of the Heritage Area; or (3) modifies, alters, or amends any authorized use of Federal land under the jurisdiction of a Federal agency. SEC. 7. PRIVATE PROPERTY AND REGULATORY PROTECTIONS. Nothing in this Act-- (1) abridges the rights of any property owner (whether public or private), including the right to refrain from participating in any plan, project, program, or activity conducted within the Heritage Area; (2) requires any property owner to permit public access (including access by Federal, State, or local agencies) to the property of the property owner, or to modify public access or use of property of the property owner under any other Federal, State, or local law; (3) alters any duly adopted land use regulation, approved land use plan, or other regulatory authority of any Federal, State, or local agency, or conveys any land use or other regulatory authority to the local coordinating entity; (4) authorizes or implies the reservation or appropriation of water or water rights; (5) diminishes the authority of the State to manage fish and wildlife, including the regulation of fishing and hunting within the Heritage Area; or (6) creates any liability, or affects any liability under any other law, of any private property owner with respect to any person injured on the private property. SEC. 8. EVALUATION; REPORT. (a) In General- Not later than 3 years before the date on which authority for Federal funding terminates for the Heritage Area, the Secretary shall-- (1) conduct an evaluation of the accomplishments of the Heritage Area; and (2) prepare a report in accordance with subsection (c). (b) Evaluation- An evaluation conducted under subsection (a)(1) shall-- (1) assess the progress of the local coordinating entity with respect to-- (A) accomplishing the purposes of this Act for the Heritage Area; and (B) achieving the goals and objectives of the approved management plan for the Heritage Area; (2) analyze the Federal, State, local, and private investments in the Heritage Area to determine the leverage and impact of the investments; and (3) review the management structure, partnership relationships, and funding of the Heritage Area for purposes of identifying the critical components for sustainability of the Heritage Area. (c) Report- (1) IN GENERAL- Based on the evaluation conducted under subsection (a)(1), the Secretary shall prepare a report that includes recommendations for the future role of the National Park Service, if any, with respect to the Heritage Area. (2) REQUIRED ANALYSIS- If the report prepared under paragraph (1) recommends that Federal funding for the Heritage Area be reauthorized, the report shall include an analysis of-- (A) ways in which Federal funding for the Heritage Area may be reduced or eliminated; and (B) the appropriate time period necessary to achieve the recommended reduction or elimination. (3) SUBMISSION TO CONGRESS- On completion of the report, the Secretary shall submit the report to-- (A) the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate; and (B) the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives. SEC. 9. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. (a) In General- There is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $10,000,000, of which not more than $1,000,000 may be authorized to be appropriated for any fiscal year. (b) Cost-Sharing Requirement- The Federal share of the cost of any activity carried out using funds made available under this Act shall be not more than 50 percent. SEC. 10. TERMINATION OF AUTHORITY. The authority of the Secretary to provide financial assistance under this Act terminates on the date that is 15 years after the date of enactment of this Act.
S.211 Feb-04-13
STATUS: February 4, 2013.-- Introduced. April 16, 2013.--Hearing held by Subcommittee on Water & Power. May 16, 2013.--Reported to the Senate without amendment favorably. June 27, 2013.--Reported to Senate without amendment. S. Rept. 113-52. June 27, 2013.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar [Calendar No. 106]. S.211 To amend certain definitions contained in the Provo River Project Transfer Act for purposes of clarifying certain property descriptions, and for other purposes. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 211 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 211 To amend certain definitions contained in the Provo River Project Transfer Act for purposes of clarifying certain property descriptions, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESFebruary 4, 2013 Mr. HATCH (for himself and Mr. LEE) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend certain definitions contained in the Provo River Project Transfer Act for purposes of clarifying certain property descriptions, 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. CLARIFYING CERTAIN PROPERTY DESCRIPTIONS IN PROVO RIVER PROJECT TRANSFER ACT. (a) Pleasant Grove Property- Section 2(4)(A) of the Provo River Project Transfer Act (Public Law 108-382; 118 Stat. 2212) is amended by striking `of enactment of this Act' and inserting `on which the parcel is conveyed under section 3(a)(2)'. (b) Provo Reservoir Canal- Section 2(5) of the Provo River Project Transfer Act (Public Law 108-382; 118 Stat. 2212) is amended-- (1) by striking `canal, and any associated land, rights-of-way, and facilities' and inserting `water conveyance facility historically known as the Provo Reservoir Canal and all associated bridges, fixtures, structures, facilities, lands, interests in land, and rights-of-way held,'; (2) by inserting `and forebay' after `Diversion Dam'; (3) by inserting `near the Jordan Narrows to the point where water is discharged to the Welby-Jacob Canal and the Utah Lake Distributing Canal' after `Penstock'; and (4) by striking `of enactment of this Act' and inserting `on which the Provo Reservoir Canal is conveyed under section 3(a)(1)'.
S.199 Jan-31-13
STATUS: January 31, 2013: Introduced. S.199 Alaska Adjacent Zone Safe Oil Transport and Revenue Sharing Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 199 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 199 To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require that oil produced from Federal leases in certain Arctic waters be transported by pipeline to onshore facilities and to provide for the sharing of certain outer Continental Shelf revenues from areas in the Alaska Adjacent Zone. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJanuary 31, 2013 Mr. BEGICH introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act to require that oil produced from Federal leases in certain Arctic waters be transported by pipeline to onshore facilities and to provide for the sharing of certain outer Continental Shelf revenues from areas in the Alaska Adjacent Zone. 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 `Alaska Adjacent Zone Safe Oil Transport and Revenue Sharing Act'. SEC. 2. PRODUCTION OF OIL FROM CERTAIN ARCTIC OFFSHORE LEASES. Section 5 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1334) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(k) Oil Transportation in Arctic Waters- The Secretary shall-- `(1) require that oil produced from Federal leases in Arctic waters in the Chukchi Sea planning area, Beaufort Sea planning area, or Hope Basin planning area be transported by pipeline to onshore facilities; and `(2) provide for, and issue appropriate permits for, the transportation of oil from Federal leases in Arctic waters in preproduction phases (including exploration) by means other than pipeline.'. SEC. 3. REVENUE SHARING FROM AREAS IN ALASKA ADJACENT ZONE. Section 18 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(i) Revenue Sharing From Areas in Alaska Adjacent Zone- `(1) DEFINITIONS- In this subsection: `(A) COASTAL POLITICAL SUBDIVISION- The term `coastal political subdivision' means a county-equivalent subdivision of the State all or part of which-- `(i) lies within the coastal zone (as defined in section 304 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (16 U.S.C. 1453)); and `(ii) the closest point of which is not more than 300 statute miles from the geographical center of any leased tract. `(B) DISTANCE- The term `distance' means minimum great circle distance. `(C) INDIAN TRIBE- The term `Indian tribe' means an Alaska Native entity recognized and eligible to receive services from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the headquarters of which is located within 300 miles of the geographical center of a leased tract. `(D) LEASED TRACT- The term `leased tract' means a tract leased under this Act for the purpose of drilling for, developing, and producing oil or natural gas resources. `(E) RENEWABLE ENERGY- The term `renewable energy' means solar, wind, ocean, current, wave, tidal, or geothermal energy. `(F) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Alaska. `(2) REVENUE SHARING- Subject to paragraphs (3), (4), and (5), effective beginning on the date of enactment of this subsection, the State shall, without further appropriation or action, receive 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 in any area of the Alaska Adjacent Zone, including from all sources of renewable energy leased, developed, or produced in any area in the Alaska Adjacent Zone. `(3) ALLOCATION AMONG COASTAL POLITICAL SUBDIVISIONS OF THE STATE- `(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall pay 25 percent of any allocable share of the State, as determined under paragraph (2), directly to coastal political subdivisions. `(B) ALLOCATION- `(i) IN GENERAL- For each leased tract used to calculate the allocation of the State, the Secretary shall pay the coastal political subdivisions within 300 miles of the geographical center of the leased tract based on the relative distance of the coastal political subdivisions from the leased tract in accordance with this subparagraph. `(ii) DISTANCES- For each coastal political subdivision, the Secretary shall determine the distance between the point on the coastal political subdivision coastline closest to the geographical center of the leased tract and the geographical center of the tract. `(iii) PAYMENTS- The Secretary shall divide and allocate the qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues derived from the leased tract among coastal political subdivisions in amounts that are inversely proportional to the applicable distances determined under clause (ii). `(4) ALLOCATION AMONG REGIONAL CORPORATIONS- `(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall pay 25 percent of any allocable share of the State, as determined under this subsection, directly to certain Regional Corporations established under section 7(a) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1606(a)). `(B) ALLOCATION- `(i) IN GENERAL- For each leased tract used to calculate the allocation of the State, the Secretary shall pay the Regional Corporations, after determining those Native villages within the region of the Regional Corporation which are within 300 miles of the geographical center of the leased tract based on the relative distance of such villages from the leased tract, in accordance with this paragraph. `(ii) DISTANCES- For each such village, the Secretary shall determine the distance between the point in the village closest to the geographical center of the leased tract and the geographical center of the tract. `(iii) PAYMENTS- The Secretary shall divide and allocate the qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues derived from the leased tract among the qualifying Regional Corporations in amounts that are inversely proportional to the distances of all of the Native villages within each qualifying region. `(iv) REVENUES- All revenues received by each Regional Corporation under clause (iii) shall be-- `(I) treated by the Regional Corporation as revenue subject to the distribution requirements of section 7(i)(1)(A) of the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1606(i)(1)(A)); and `(II) divided annually by the Regional Corporation among all 12 Regional Corporations in accordance with section 7(i) of that Act. `(v) FURTHER DISTRIBUTION TO VILLAGE CORPORATIONS- A Regional Corporation receiving revenues under clause (iii) or (iv)(II) shall further distribute 50 percent of the revenues received to the Village Corporations in the region and the class of stockholders who are not residents of those villages in accordance with section 7(j) of that Act (43 U.S.C. 1606(j)). `(5) ALLOCATION AMONG INDIAN TRIBES- `(A) IN GENERAL- The Secretary shall pay 10 percent of any allocable share of the State, as determined under this subsection, directly to Indian tribes. `(B) ALLOCATION- `(i) IN GENERAL- For each leased tract used to calculate the allocation of the State, the Secretary shall pay Indian tribes based on the relative distance of the headquarters of the Indian tribes from the leased tract, in accordance with this subparagraph. `(ii) DISTANCES- For each Indian tribe, the Secretary shall determine the distance between the location of the headquarters of the Indian tribe and the geographical center of the tract. `(iii) PAYMENTS- The Secretary shall divide and allocate the qualified outer Continental Shelf revenues derived from the leased tract among the Indian tribes in amounts that are inversely proportional to the distances described in clause (ii). `(6) CONSERVATION ROYALTY- After making distributions under paragraph (2) and section 31, the Secretary shall, without further appropriation or action, distribute a conservation royalty equal to 15 percent of Federal royalty revenues derived from an area leased under this subsection from all areas leased under this subsection for any year, into the land and water conservation fund established under section 2 of the Land and Water Conservation Fund Act of 1965 (16 U.S.C. 460 l -5) to provide financial assistance to States under section 6 of that Act (16 U.S.C. 460 l -8). `(7) DEFICIT REDUCTION- After making distributions in accordance with paragraph (2) and in accordance with section 31, the Secretary shall, without further appropriation or action, distribute an amount equal to 7.5 percent of Federal royalty revenues derived from an area leased under this subsection from all areas leased under this subsection for any year, into direct Federal deficit reduction.'. SEC. 4. IMPOSITION OF EXCISE TAX ON BITUMEN TRANSPORTED INTO THE UNITED STATES. (a) In General- Subsection (a) of section 4612 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 is amended-- (1) in paragraph (1), by striking `and natural gasoline' and inserting `, natural gasoline, and bitumen', and (2) by inserting at the end the following new paragraph: `(10) BITUMEN- The term `bitumen' includes diluted bitumen, bituminous mixtures, or any oil manufactured from bitumen or a bituminous mixture.'. (b) Effective Date- The amendments made by this section shall apply to oil and petroleum products received or entered after December 31, 2013.
S.182 Jan-30-13
Status: January 30, 2013.--Introduced. December 10, 2014.--Reported by Senator Landrieu with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 113-289. December 10, 2014.--Placed on Senate Legislative Calendar. [Calendar No. 629]. S.182 Anchorage Land Conveyance Act of 2013 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 182 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 182 To provide for the unencumbering of title to non-Federal land owned by the city of Anchorage, Alaska, for purposes of economic development by conveyance of the Federal reversion interest to the City. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJanuary 30, 2013 Ms. MURKOWSKI (for herself and Mr. BEGICH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for the unencumbering of title to non-Federal land owned by the city of Anchorage, Alaska, for purposes of economic development by conveyance of the Federal reversion interest to the City. 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 `Anchorage Land Conveyance Act of 2013'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) CITY- The term `City' means the city of Anchorage, Alaska. (2) NON-FEDERAL LAND- The term `non-Federal land' means certain parcels of land located in the City and owned by the City, which are more particularly described as follows: (A) Block 42, Original Townsite of Anchorage, Anchorage Recording District, Third Judicial District, State of Alaska, consisting of approximately 1.93 acres, commonly known as the Egan Center, Petrovich Park, and Old City Hall. (B) Lots 9, 10, and 11, Block 66, Original Townsite of Anchorage, Anchorage Recording District, Third Judicial District, State of Alaska, consisting of approximately 0.48 acres, commonly known as the parking lot at 7th Avenue and I Street. (C) Lot 13, Block 15, Original Townsite of Anchorage, Anchorage Recording District, Third Judicial District, State of Alaska, consisting of approximately 0.24 acres, an unimproved vacant lot located at H Street and Christensen Drive. (3) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. SEC. 3. CONVEYANCE OF REVERSIONARY INTERESTS, ANCHORAGE, ALASKA. (a) In General- Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Secretary shall convey to the City, without consideration, the reversionary interests of the United States in and to the non-Federal land for the purpose of unencumbering the title to the non-Federal land to enable economic development of the non-Federal land. (b) Legal Descriptions- As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the exact legal descriptions of the non-Federal land shall be determined in a manner satisfactory to the Secretary. (c) Additional Terms and Conditions- The Secretary may require such additional terms and conditions to the conveyance under subsection (a) as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States. (d) Costs- The City shall pay all costs associated with the conveyance under subsection (a), including the costs of any surveys, recording costs, and other reasonable costs.
S.181 Jan-30-13
Status: January 30, 2013.--Introduced. S.181 Niblack and Bokan Mountain Mining Area Roads Authorization Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 181 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 181 To authorize the establishment of the Niblack and Bokan Mountain mining area road corridors in the State of Alaska, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJanuary 30, 2013 Ms. MURKOWSKI (for herself and Mr. BEGICH) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To authorize the establishment of the Niblack and Bokan Mountain mining area road corridors in the State of Alaska, 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 `Niblack and Bokan Mountain Mining Area Roads Authorization Act'. SEC. 2. NIBLACK AND BOKAN MOUNTAIN MINING AREA ROAD CORRIDORS. (a) Establishment- Notwithstanding any prohibition against road construction in inventoried roadless areas under the Roadless Area Conservation Rule established under part 294 of title 36, Code of Federal Regulations (and successor regulations), not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service, shall, for purposes of connecting the Prince of Wales Island road system in the State of Alaska to the area of the Niblack and Bokan Mountain patented mineral claims on the southeast side of Prince of Wales Island, establish-- (1) a road corridor that follows 1 of the 2 routes identified as `Niblack Route 1' or `Niblack Route 2' on the map entitled `Road to Niblack Mine and Bokan Mountain Route Extension', numbered 1, and dated June 21, 2012; and (2) a road corridor to the Bokan Mountain mine that branches off the Niblack Mine road corridor established under paragraph (1). (b) Requirements- A road corridor established under subsection (a) shall-- (1) minimize the economic costs of the road corridor by using, to the maximum extent practicable, the road network in existence on the date of the establishment; (2) minimize effects of the road corridor on surface resources; (3) prevent unnecessary or unreasonable surface disturbance; and (4) comply with all applicable laws (including regulations). (c) Cooperating Agencies- The State of Alaska and the Prince of Wales Community Advisory Council may participate as cooperating agencies during the preparation of any environmental impact statement prepared with respect to a road corridor under subsection (a). (d) Federal Permits- It is the intent of Congress that any Federal permit required for construction of a road corridor established under subsection (a) be issued or denied by the date that is not later than 1 year after the date of application for the permit.
S.176 Jan-29-13
STATUS: January 29, 2013.--Introduced. S.176 To reject the final 5-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for fiscal years 2013 through 2018 of the Administration and replace the plan with a 5-year plan that... (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 176 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 176 To reject the final 5-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for fiscal years 2013 through 2018 of the Administration and replace the plan with a 5-year plan that is more in line with the energy and economic needs of the United States. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJanuary 29, 2013 Mr. VITTER (for himself, Mr. CORNYN, and Mr. SESSIONS) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To reject the final 5-year Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program for fiscal years 2013 through 2018 of the Administration and replace the plan with a 5-year plan that is more in line with the energy and economic needs of the United States. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. EXTENSION OF LEASING PROGRAM. (a) In General- Subject to subsection (c), the Draft Proposed Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Program 2010-2015 issued by the Secretary of the Interior (referred to in this section as the `Secretary') under section 18 of the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (43 U.S.C. 1344) shall be considered to be the final oil and gas leasing program under that section for the period of fiscal years 2013 through 2018. (b) Final Environmental Impact Statement- The Secretary is considered to have issued a final environmental impact statement for the program applicable to the period described in subsection (a) in accordance with all requirements under section 102(2)(C) of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332(2)(C)). (c) Exceptions- Lease Sales 214, 232, and 239 shall not be included in the final oil and gas leasing program for the period of fiscal years 2013 through 2018. (d) Eastern Gulf of Mexico Not Included- Nothing in this section affects restrictions on oil and gas leasing under the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (43 U.S.C. 1331 note; Public Law 109-432).
S.170 Jan-29-13
Status: January 29, 2013.--Introduced. January 29, 2013.--Referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. January 30, 2013.--Mr. Barrasso added as cosponsor. February 25, 2013.--Mr. Porman and Mr. Enzi added as cosponsors. February 27, 2013.--Mr. Risch added as cosponsor. March 12, 2013.--Mr. Crapo added as cosponsor. April 22, 2013.--Mr. Thune added as cosponsor. May 15, 2013.--Mr. Vitter added as cosponsor. May 20, 2013.--Mr. Hoeven and Mr. Heller added as cosponsors. June 17, 2013.--Mr. Flake added as cosponsor. March 24, 2014.--Mrs. Collins added as cosponsor. July 9, 2014.--Mr. Inhofe added as cosponsor. July 16, 2014.--Mr. Moran added as cosponsor. S.170 Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 170 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 170 To recognize the heritage of recreational fishing, hunting, and recreational shooting on Federal public land and ensure continued opportunities for those activities. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJanuary 29, 2013 Ms. MURKOWSKI (for herself and Mr. MANCHIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To recognize the heritage of recreational fishing, hunting, and recreational shooting on Federal public land and ensure continued opportunities for those activities. 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 `Recreational Fishing and Hunting Heritage and Opportunities Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) FEDERAL PUBLIC LAND- (A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the term `Federal public land' means any land or water that is-- (i) owned by the United States; and (ii) managed by a Federal agency (including the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service) for purposes that include the conservation of natural resources. (B) EXCLUSIONS- The term `Federal public land' does not include-- (i) land or water held or managed in trust for the benefit of Indians or other Native Americans; (ii) land or water managed by the Director of the National Park Service or the Director of the United States Fish and Wildlife Service; (iii) fish hatcheries; or (iv) conservation easements on private land. (2) HUNTING- (A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subparagraph (B), the term `hunting' means use of a firearm, bow, or other authorized means in the lawful-- (i) pursuit, shooting, capture, collection, trapping, or killing of wildlife; or (ii) attempt to pursue, shoot, capture, collect, trap, or kill wildlife. (B) EXCLUSION- The term `hunting' does not include the use of skilled volunteers to cull excess animals (as defined by other Federal law). (3) RECREATIONAL FISHING- The term `recreational fishing' means-- (A) an activity for sport or for pleasure that involves-- (i) the lawful catching, taking, or harvesting of fish; or (ii) the lawful attempted catching, taking, or harvesting of fish; or (B) any other activity for sport or pleasure that can reasonably be expected to result in the lawful catching, taking, or harvesting of fish. (4) RECREATIONAL SHOOTING- The term `recreational shooting' means any form of sport, training, competition, or pastime, whether formal or informal, that involves the discharge of a rifle, handgun, or shotgun, or the use of a bow and arrow. SEC. 3. RECREATIONAL FISHING, HUNTING, AND RECREATIONAL SHOOTING. (a) In General- Subject to valid existing rights, and in cooperation with the respective State and fish and wildlife agency, a Federal public land management official shall exercise the authority of the official under existing law (including provisions regarding land use planning) to facilitate use of and access to Federal public land for recreational fishing, hunting, and recreational shooting except as limited by-- (1) any law that authorizes action or withholding action for reasons of national security, public safety, or resource conservation; (2) any other Federal law that precludes recreational fishing, hunting, or recreational shooting on specific Federal public land or water or units of Federal public land; and (3) discretionary limitations on recreational fishing, hunting, and recreational shooting determined to be necessary and reasonable as supported by the best scientific evidence and advanced through a transparent public process. (b) Management- Consistent with subsection (a), the head of each Federal public land management agency shall exercise the land management discretion of the head-- (1) in a manner that supports and facilitates recreational fishing, hunting, and recreational shooting opportunities; (2) to the extent authorized under applicable State law; and (3) in accordance with applicable Federal law. (c) Planning- (1) EFFECTS OF PLANS AND ACTIVITIES- (A) EVALUATION OF EFFECTS ON OPPORTUNITIES TO ENGAGE IN RECREATIONAL FISHING, HUNTING, OR RECREATIONAL SHOOTING- Federal public land planning documents (including land resources management plans, resource management plans, travel management plans, and energy development plans) shall include a specific evaluation of the effects of the plans on opportunities to engage in recreational fishing, hunting, or recreational shooting. (B) OTHER ACTIVITY NOT CONSIDERED- (i) IN GENERAL- Federal public land management officials shall not be required to consider the existence or availability of recreational fishing, hunting, or recreational shooting opportunities on private or public land that is located adjacent to, or in the vicinity of, Federal public land for purposes of-- (I) planning for or determining which units of Federal public land are open for recreational fishing, hunting, or recreational shooting; or (II) setting the levels of use for recreational fishing, hunting, or recreational shooting on Federal public land. (ii) ENHANCED OPPORTUNITIES- Federal public land management officials may consider the opportunities described in clause (i) if the combination of those opportunities would enhance the recreational fishing, hunting, or shooting opportunities available to the public. (2) USE OF VOLUNTEERS- If hunting is prohibited by law, all Federal public land planning document described in paragraph (1)(A) of an agency shall, after appropriate coordination with State fish and wildlife agencies, allow the participation of skilled volunteers in the culling and other management of wildlife populations on Federal public land unless the head of the agency demonstrates, based on the best scientific data available or applicable Federal law, why skilled volunteers should not be used to control overpopulation of wildlife on the land that is the subject of the planning document. (d) Bureau of Land Management and Forest Service Land- (1) LAND OPEN- (A) IN GENERAL- Land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management or the Forest Service (including a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System, land designated as a wilderness study area or administratively classified as wilderness eligible or suitable, and primitive or semiprimitive areas, but excluding land on the outer Continental Shelf) shall be open to recreational fishing, hunting, and recreational shooting unless the managing Federal public land agency acts to close the land to such activity. (B) MOTORIZED ACCESS- Nothing in this paragraph authorizes or requires motorized access or the use of motorized vehicles for recreational fishing, hunting, or recreational shooting purposes within land designated as a wilderness study area or administratively classified as wilderness eligible or suitable. (2) CLOSURE OR RESTRICTION- Land described in paragraph (1) may be subject to closures or restrictions if determined by the head of the agency to be necessary and reasonable and supported by facts and evidence for purposes including resource conservation, public safety, energy or mineral production, energy generation or transmission infrastructure, water supply facilities, protection of other permittees, protection of private property rights or interests, national security, or compliance with other law, as determined appropriate by the Director of the Bureau of Land Management or the Chief of the Forest Service, as applicable. (3) SHOOTING RANGES- (A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subparagraph (C), the head of each Federal public land agency may use the authorities of the head, in a manner consistent with this Act and other applicable law-- (i) to lease or permit use of land under the jurisdiction of the head for shooting ranges; and (ii) to designate specific land under the jurisdiction of the head for recreational shooting activities. (B) LIMITATION ON LIABILITY- Any designation under subparagraph (A)(ii) shall not subject the United States to any civil action or claim for monetary damages for injury or loss of property or personal injury or death caused by any recreational shooting activity occurring at or on the designated land. (C) EXCEPTION- The head of each Federal public land agency shall not lease or permit use of Federal public land for shooting ranges or designate land for recreational shooting activities within including a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System, land designated as a wilderness study area or administratively classified as wilderness eligible or suitable, and primitive or semiprimitive areas. (e) Report- Not later than October 1 of every other year, beginning with the second October 1 after the date of enactment of this Act, the head of each Federal public land agency who has authority to manage Federal public land on which recreational fishing, hunting, or recreational shooting occurs 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) any Federal public land administered by the agency head that was closed to recreational fishing, hunting, or recreational shooting at any time during the preceding year; and (2) the reason for the closure. (f) Closures or Significant Restrictions of 1,280 or More Acres- (1) IN GENERAL- Other than closures established or prescribed by land planning actions referred to in subsection (d)(2) or emergency closures described in paragraph (3), a permanent or temporary withdrawal, change of classification, or change of management status of Federal public land or water that effectively closes or significantly restricts 1,280 or more contiguous acres of Federal public land or water to access or use for recreational fishing or hunting or activities relating to fishing or hunting shall take effect only if, before the date of withdrawal or change, the head of the Federal public land agency that has jurisdiction over the Federal public land or water-- (A) publishes appropriate notice of the withdrawal or change, respectively; (B) demonstrates that coordination has occurred with a State fish and wildlife agency; and (C) submits to the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives and the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate written notice of the withdrawal or change, respectively. (2) AGGREGATE OR CUMULATIVE EFFECTS- If the aggregate or cumulative effect of separate withdrawals or changes effectively closes or significant restrictions affects 1,280 or more acres of land or water, the withdrawals and changes shall be treated as a single withdrawal or change for purposes of paragraph (1). (3) EMERGENCY CLOSURES- (A) IN GENERAL- Nothing in this Act prohibits a Federal public land management agency from establishing or implementing emergency closures or restrictions of the smallest practicable area of Federal public land to provide for public safety, resource conservation, national security, or other purposes authorized by law. (B) TERMINATION- An emergency closure under subparagraph (A) shall terminate after a reasonable period of time unless the temporary closure is converted to a permanent closure consistent with this Act. (g) No Priority- Nothing in this Act requires a Federal agency to give preference to recreational fishing, hunting, or recreational shooting over other uses of Federal public land or over land or water management priorities established by other Federal law. (h) Consultation With Councils- In carrying out this Act, the heads of Federal public land agencies shall consult with the appropriate advisory councils established under Executive Order 12962 (16 U.S.C. 1801 note; relating to recreational fisheries) and Executive Order 13443 (16 U.S.C. 661 note; relating to facilitation of hunting heritage and wildlife conservation). (i) Authority of States- (1) IN GENERAL- Nothing in this Act interferes with, diminishes, or conflicts with the authority, jurisdiction, or responsibility of any State to manage, control, or regulate fish and wildlife under State law (including regulations) on land or water within the State, including on Federal public land. (2) FEDERAL LICENSES- (A) IN GENERAL- Except as provided in subparagraph (B), nothing in this section authorizes the head of a Federal public land agency head to require a license, fee, or permit to fish, hunt, or trap on land or water in a State, including on Federal public land in the State. (B) MIGRATORY BIRD STAMPS- This paragraph shall not affect any migratory bird stamp requirement of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp Act (16 U.S.C. 718a et seq.).
S.167 Jan-29-13
STATUS: January 29. 2013.--Introduced. S.167 Strategic Petroleum Supplies Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 167 IS 113th CONGRESS1st SessionS. 167 To suspend sales of petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve until certain conditions are met. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJanuary 29, 2013 Mr. VITTER (for himself, Mr. HOEVEN, Mr. CRAPO, and Mr. THUNE) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To suspend sales of petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve until certain conditions are met. 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 `Strategic Petroleum Supplies Act'. SEC. 2. LIMITATION ON SALES FROM THE STRATEGIC PETROLEUM RESERVE. (a) In General- Except as provided in subsection (b), the Administration shall not authorize a sale of petroleum products from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve established under part B of title I of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (42 U.S.C. 6231 et seq.) until the date on which all permits necessary under Executive Order 13337 (3 U.S.C. 301 note; relating to issuance of permits with respect to certain energy-related facilities and land transportation crossings on the international boundaries of the United States) for the Keystone XL pipeline project application filed on September 19, 2008 (including amendments) have been issued. (b) Exception- Subsection (a) shall not affect any obligations of the United States under the international energy program.