Committee Legislation

Bill Introduced Description
S.2745 Jul-31-14
STATUS: July 31, 2014.--Introduced. S.2745 To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail,... (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2745 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2745 To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 31, 2014 Mr. JOHANNS (for himself and Mrs. FISCHER) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the National Trails System Act to direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a study on the feasibility of designating the Chief Standing Bear National Historic Trail, 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. CHIEF STANDING BEAR NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL FEASIBILITY STUDY. Section 5(c) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244(c)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(46) CHIEF STANDING BEAR NATIONAL HISTORIC TRAIL- `(A) IN GENERAL- The Chief Standing Bear Trail, extending approximately 550 miles from Niobrara, Nebraska, to Ponca City, Oklahoma, which follows the route taken by Chief Standing Bear and the Ponca people during Federal Indian removal, and approximately 550 miles from Ponca City, Oklahoma, through Omaha, Nebraska, to Niobrara, Nebraska, which follows the return route taken by Chief Standing Bear and the Ponca people, as generally depicted on the map entitled `Chief Standing Bear Removal and Return' and dated [Struck out->] [ XXXXXXXX ] [<-Struck out] . `(B) AVAILABILITY OF MAP- The map described in subparagraph (A) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the Department of the Interior. `(C) COMPONENTS- The feasibility study conducted under subparagraph (A) shall include a determination on whether the Chief Standing Bear Trail meets the criteria described in subsection (b) for designation as a national historic trail.'.
S.2744 Aug-11-14
STATUS: July 31, 2014.--Introduced. S.2744 Great Smoky Mountains National Park Agreement Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2744 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2744 To authorize a settlement in accordance with the agreement entered into by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Department of the Interior, and counties within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 31, 2014 Mrs. HAGAN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To authorize a settlement in accordance with the agreement entered into by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the Department of the Interior, and counties within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. 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 `Great Smoky Mountains National Park Agreement Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. AUTHORIZATION. Of funds previously appropriated to the Secretary of the Interior under the heading `CONSTRUCTION' under the heading `National Park Service' in title I of division E of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012 (Public Law 112-74; 125 Stat. 991), the Secretary of the Interior shall transfer $4,000,000 to counties within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement entered into by the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Department of the Interior and dated February 2010, which supersedes the agreement of July 30, 1943.
S.2716 Jul-31-14
STATUS: July 31, 2014.--Introduced. S.2716 Aleut Confinement and Relocation Sites Study Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2716 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2716 To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of adding the sites associated with the forced relocation and confinement of the Aleut people during World War II in the State of Alaska as a unit of the National Park System, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 31, 2014 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 Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of adding the sites associated with the forced relocation and confinement of the Aleut people during World War II in the State of Alaska as a unit of the National Park System, 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 `Aleut Confinement and Relocation Sites Study Act'. SEC. 2. ALEUT CONFINEMENT AND RELOCATION SITES STUDY. (a) Definitions- In this Act: (1) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (2) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Alaska. (b) Study- The Secretary shall conduct a special resource study of the following sites to determine whether any of the sites may be suitable for inclusion in the National Park System: (1) The 5 World War II Aleut relocation sites at Funter Bay, Burnett Inlet, Killisnoo, Ward Lake, and the Wrangell Institute in the State. (2) The following villages in the State from which the Aleut people were forcibly removed and which were so depopulated and so significantly damaged by miliary activity and weather that the villages effectively could not be resettled after World War II: (A) Makushin, Kashega, and Biorka around Unalaska Island. (B) Attu on Attu Island. (c) Contents- In conducting the study under subsection (b), the Secretary shall-- (1) evaluate the national significance of the sites described in paragraphs (1) and (2) of subsection (b); (2) determine the suitability and feasibility of designating those sites as one or more units of the National Park System; (3) consider alternatives for preservation, protection, and interpretation of the land comprising those sites by Federal, State, or local governments or private or nonprofit organizations; (4) consult with any interested governments or organizations described in paragraph (3) or any other interested individual; and (5) identify cost estimates for any Federal acquisition, development, interpretation, operation, and maintenance associated with carrying out the alternatives described in paragraph (3). (d) Applicable Law- The study under subsection (b) shall be conducted in accordance with section 8 of the National Park System General Authorities Act (16 U.S.C. 1a-5). (e) Report- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are first made available for the study under subsection (b), 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 findings of the study; and (2) any conclusions and recommendations of the Secretary. (f) Authorization of Appropriations- There are authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act such sums as are necessary.
S.2684 Jul-29-14
STATUS: July 29, 2014.--Introduced. September 15, 2014.--Mr. Begich added as cosponsor. S.2684 To direct the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, to convey certain Federal property located in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to... (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2684 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2684 To direct the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, to convey certain Federal property located in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to the Olgoonik Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 29, 2014 Ms. MURKOWSKI introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To direct the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, to convey certain Federal property located in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska to the Olgoonik Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. CONVEYANCE FEDERAL PROPERTY LOCATED IN THE NATIONAL PETROLEUM RESERVE IN ALASKA. (a) In General- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act and after completion of the survey and appraisal described in this section, the Administrator of General Services, on behalf of the Secretary of the Interior, shall convey to the Corporation by quitclaim deed for the consideration described in subsection (c), all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to a parcel of real property described in subsection (b). (b) Legal Description of Property- (1) IN GENERAL- The parcel to be conveyed under subsection (a) consists of approximately 1,518 acres and improvements comprising a former Distant Early Warning Line site in the National Petroleum Reserve in Alaska near Wainwright, Alaska, and described as United States Survey Number 5252 located within the Umiat Meridian in-- (A) Sections 3 and 4 within Township 14 North, Range 31 West; (B) Sections 17, 18, 20, 21, 26, 27, 28, 33, 34, and 35 within Township 15 North, Range 31 West; and (C) Section 13 within Township 15 North; Range 32. (2) SURVEY REQUIRED- Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the exact acreage and legal description of the real property to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined by a survey, paid for by the Corporation, that is satisfactory to the Secretary. (c) Terms and Conditions- (1) CONSIDERATION- (A) IN GENERAL- As consideration for the conveyance of the property under subsection (a), the Corporation shall pay to the Secretary an amount not less than the fair market value of the conveyed property, to be determined as provided in subparagraph (B). (B) APPRAISAL- The fair market value of the property to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined based on an appraisal that-- (i) is conducted by a licensed, independent appraiser that is approved by the Secretary and the Corporation; (ii) is based on the highest and best use of the property; (iii) is approved by the Secretary; and (iv) is paid for by the Corporation. (2) PRE-CONVEYANCE ENTRY- The Secretary, on terms and conditions the Secretary determines to be appropriate, may authorize the Corporation to enter the property at no charge for pre-construction and construction activities. (3) ADDITIONAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS- The Secretary may require additional terms and conditions in connection with the conveyance under subsection (a) as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States. (d) Exemption- Section 102 of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4332) shall not apply to any conveyance of property under this section. (e) Corporation Defined- In this section, the term `Corporation' means the Olgoonik Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation established under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (43 U.S.C. 1601 et seq.).
H.Res.2640 Jul-10-13
STATUS: July 10, 2013.--Introduced in House. September 20, 2013.--Reported by the Committee on Natural Resources. H. Rept. 113-224. October 29, 2013.--Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill Agreed to by voice vote. October 30, 2013.--Referred to Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. H.R.2640 Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act (Referred in Senate - RFS) HR 2640 RFS 113th CONGRESS1st Session H. R. 2640IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESOctober 30, 2013 Received; read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources AN ACT To amend the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act to adjust the Crooked River boundary, to provide water certainty for the City of Prineville, Oregon, 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 `Central Oregon Jobs and Water Security Act'. SEC. 2. WILD AND SCENIC RIVER; CROOKED, OREGON. Section 3(a)(72) of the Wild and Scenic Rivers Act (16 U.S.C. 1274(a)(72)) is amended as follows: (1) By striking `15-mile' and inserting `14.75-mile'. (2) In subparagraph (B)-- (A) by striking `8-mile' and all that follows through `Bowman Dam' and inserting `7.75-mile segment from a point one-quarter mile downstream from the toe of Bowman Dam'; and (B) by adding at the end the following: `The developer for any hydropower development, including turbines and appurtenant facilities, at Bowman Dam, in consultation with the Bureau of Land Management, shall analyze any impacts to the Outstandingly Remarkable Values of the Wild and Scenic River that may be caused by such development, including the future need to undertake routine and emergency repairs, and shall propose mitigation for any impacts as part of any license application submitted to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.'. SEC. 3. CITY OF PRINEVILLE WATER SUPPLY. Section 4 of the Act of August 6, 1956 (70 Stat. 1058), (as amended by the Acts of September 14, 1959 (73 Stat. 554), and September 18, 1964 (78 Stat. 954)) is further amended as follows: (1) By striking `ten cubic feet' the first place it appears and inserting `17 cubic feet'. (2) By striking `during those months when there is no other discharge therefrom, but this release may be reduced for brief temporary periods by the Secretary whenever he may find that release of the full ten cubic feet per second is harmful to the primary purpose of the project'. (3) By adding at the end the following: `Without further action by the Secretary, and as determined necessary for any given year by the City of Prineville, up to seven of the 17 cubic feet per second minimum release shall also serve as mitigation for City of Prineville groundwater pumping, pursuant to and in a manner consistent with Oregon State law, including any shaping of the release of the up to seven cubic feet per second to coincide with City of Prineville groundwater pumping as may be required by the State of Oregon. As such, the Secretary is authorized to make applications to the State of Oregon in conjunction with the City to protect these supplies instream. The City shall make payment to the Secretary for that portion of the minimum release that actually serves as mitigation pursuant to Oregon State law for the City in any given year, with the payment for any given year equal to the amount of mitigation in acre feet required to offset actual City groundwater pumping for that year in accordance with Reclamation `Water and Related Contract and Repayment Principles and Requirements', Reclamation Manual Directives and Standards PEC 05-01, dated 09/12/2006, and guided by `Economic and Environmental Principles and Guidelines for Water and Related Land Resources Implementation Studies', dated March 10, 1983. The Secretary is authorized to contract exclusively with the City for additional amounts in the future at the request of the City.'. SEC. 4. FIRST FILL PROTECTION. The Act of August 6, 1956 (70 Stat. 1058), as amended by the Acts of September 14, 1959 (73 Stat. 554), and September 18, 1964 (78 Stat. 954), is further amended by adding at the end the following: `Sec. 6. Other than the 17 cubic feet per second release provided for in section 4, and subject to compliance with the Army Corps of Engineers' flood curve requirements, the Secretary shall, on a `first fill' priority basis, store in and release from Prineville Reservoir, whether from carryover, infill, or a combination thereof, the following: `(1) 68,273 acre feet of water annually to fulfill all 16 Bureau of Reclamation contracts existing as of January 1, 2011, and up to 2,740 acre feet of water annually to supply the McKay Creek lands as provided for in section 5 of this Act. `(2) Not more than 10,000 acre feet of water annually, to be made available to the North Unit Irrigation District pursuant to a Temporary Water Service Contract, upon the request of the North Unit Irrigation District, consistent with the same terms and conditions as prior such contracts between the District and the Bureau of Reclamation. `Sec. 7. Except as otherwise provided in this Act, nothing in this Act-- `(1) modifies contractual rights that may exist between contractors and the United States under Reclamation contracts; `(2) amends or reopens contracts referred to in paragraph (1); or `(3) modifies any rights, obligations, or requirements that may be provided or governed by Oregon State law.'. SEC. 5. OCHOCO IRRIGATION DISTRICT. (a) Early Repayment- Notwithstanding section 213 of the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (43 U.S.C. 390mm), any landowner within Ochoco Irrigation District in Oregon, may repay, at any time, the construction costs of the project facilities allocated to that landowner's lands within the district. Upon discharge, in full, of the obligation for repayment of the construction costs allocated to all lands the landowner owns in the district, those lands shall not be subject to the ownership and full-cost pricing limitations of the Act of June 17, 1902 (43 U.S.C. 371 et seq.), and Acts supplemental to and amendatory of that Act, including the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (43 U.S.C. 390aa et seq.). (b) Certification- Upon the request of a landowner who has repaid, in full, the construction costs of the project facilities allocated to that landowner's lands owned within the district, the Secretary of the Interior shall provide the certification provided for in subsection (b)(1) of section 213 of the Reclamation Reform Act of 1982 (43 U.S.C. 390mm(b)(1)). (c) Contract Amendment- On approval of the district directors and notwithstanding project authorizing legislation to the contrary, the district's reclamation contracts are modified, without further action by the Secretary of the Interior, to-- (1) authorize the use of water for instream purposes, including fish or wildlife purposes, in order for the district to engage in, or take advantage of, conserved water projects and temporary instream leasing as authorized by Oregon State law; (2) include within the district boundary approximately 2,742 acres in the vicinity of McKay Creek, resulting in a total of approximately 44,937 acres within the district boundary; (3) classify as irrigable approximately 685 acres within the approximately 2,742 acres of included lands in the vicinity of McKay Creek, where the approximately 685 acres are authorized to receive irrigation water pursuant to water rights issued by the State of Oregon and have in the past received water pursuant to such State water rights; and (4) provide the district with stored water from Prineville Reservoir for purposes of supplying up to the approximately 685 acres of lands added within the district boundary and classified as irrigable under paragraphs (2) and (3), with such stored water to be supplied on an acre-per-acre basis contingent on the transfer of existing appurtenant McKay Creek water rights to instream use and the State's issuance of water rights for the use of stored water. (d) Limitation- Except as otherwise provided in subsections (a) and (c), nothing in this section shall be construed to-- (1) modify contractual rights that may exist between the district and the United States under the district's Reclamation contracts; (2) amend or reopen the contracts referred to in paragraph (1); or (3) modify any rights, obligations or relationships that may exist between the district and its landowners as may be provided or governed by Oregon State law. Passed the House of Representatives October 29, 2013. Attest: KAREN L. HAAS, Clerk.
S.2638 Jul-22-14
STATUS: July 22, 2014.--Introduced.
S.2626 Jul-17-14
STATUS: July 17, 2014.--Introduced. S.2626 Fair Share Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2626 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2626 To amend chapter 69 of title 31, United States Code, to expand the payment in lieu of taxes program to include payments for secure rural schools, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 17, 2014 Mr. WALSH introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend chapter 69 of title 31, United States Code, to expand the payment in lieu of taxes program to include payments for secure rural schools, 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 `Fair Share Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. Section 6901(1) of title 31, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in subparagraph (G), by striking `or' at the end; (2) in subparagraph (H), by striking the period at the end and inserting `; or'; and (3) by adding at the end the following: `(I) that was purchased for addition to the National Wildlife Refuge System.'. SEC. 3. AUTHORITY AND ELIGIBILITY. Section 6902(a) of title 31, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in paragraph (1)-- (A) by striking `(a)(1) Except' and inserting the following: `(a) Payments to Units of General Local Government- `(1) PAYMENTS- `(A) IN GENERAL- Except'; and (B) in the second sentence, by striking `A unit' and inserting the following: `(B) USE- Except as provided in paragraph (3), a unit'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(3) USE OF FUNDS- `(A) SECURE RURAL SCHOOLS ALLOCATION- If a unit of general local government received a payment under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 7101 et seq.) for fiscal year 2013 and elects not to receive a payment under section 6903(e)(4) for a fiscal year, of the payments made to the unit of general local government pursuant to this chapter, the unit of general local government shall use the amount calculated under subparagraph (B) for the applicable fiscal year-- `(i) in accordance with the requirements of section 102(c)(1) of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 7112(c)(1)); and `(ii) in a manner that ensures that each payment provided to the unit of general local government under this chapter is allocated among each eligible program of the unit of general local government for the fiscal year based on the proportion required under applicable State law for fiscal year 2013, consistent with section 6908. `(B) AMOUNT- The amount referred to in subparagraph (A) is the product obtained by multiplying-- `(i) the amounts provided under this chapter for the unit of general local government for the applicable fiscal year; by `(ii) the proportion that-- `(I) the amount of payments received by the unit of general local government under title I of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 7111 et seq.) for fiscal year 2013; bears to `(II) the sum of-- `(aa) the amount received by the unit of general local government for fiscal year 2013 under this chapter; `(bb) 95 percent of the amount received by the unit of general local government for fiscal year 2013 under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); and `(cc) the amount authorized to be received by the unit of general local government for fiscal year 2013 under section 401(c)(2) of the Act of June 15, 1935 (commonly known as the `Refuge Revenue Sharing Act') (16 U.S.C. 715s(c)(2)). `(C) STATE LAW- `(i) EFFECT- Nothing in this chapter prevents a State from enacting a law that changes the allocation of payments among each eligible program of units of general local government pursuant to this chapter under subparagraph (A)(ii). `(ii) APPLICABILITY- If a State enacts a law that modifies the allocation of payments among each eligible program of units of general local government pursuant to this chapter under subparagraph (A)(ii), the allocation modified by the State law shall apply the following fiscal year for the State.'. SEC. 4. PAYMENTS. Section 6903 of title 31, United States Code, is amended-- (1) in subsection (b)(1), by striking `(but not more than the limitation determined under subsection (c) of this section)' each place it appears and inserting `(but not more than the limitation determined under subsection (c) or section 6904, as applicable)'; (2) in subsection (c), by striking `The limitation' each place it appears and inserting `Subject to section 6904, the limitation'; and (3) by adding at the end the following: `(e) Additional Payment Election- `(1) INITIAL ELECTION TO RECEIVE 25-PERCENT PAYMENTS- If a unit of general local government elected to receive amounts under section 102(b)(2)(B) of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 7112(b)(2)(B)) for fiscal year 2013, not later than September 30 of the first fiscal year after the date of enactment of this subsection, the unit of general local government shall notify the Secretary of Agriculture of the election to receive or not to receive amounts under the Act of May 23, 1908 (16 U.S.C. 500). `(2) ELECTION TO RECEIVE 25-PERCENT PAYMENTS- If a unit of general local government elects under paragraph (1) to receive amounts under the Act of May 23, 1908 (16 U.S.C. 500), for purposes of this chapter, the unit of general local government shall not receive any payments under section 6904. `(3) ELECTION NOT TO RECEIVE 25-PERCENT PAYMENTS- If a unit of general local government elects under paragraph (1) not to receive amounts under the Act of May 23, 1908 (16 U.S.C. 500), for purposes of this chapter, the payment under subsection (b) shall exclude the amounts that would have been paid to the unit of general local government for the fiscal year under the Act of May 23, 1908 (16 U.S.C. 500). `(4) SUBSEQUENT ELECTIONS- A unit of general local government described in paragraph (1) may change the election for subsequent fiscal years if the unit of general local government notifies Secretary of Agriculture of the election by September 30 of the preceding fiscal year.'. SEC. 5. ADDITIONAL PAYMENTS. Section 6904 of title 31, United States Code, is amended-- (1) by striking the section designation and heading and all that follows through `(b) The Secretary' and inserting the following: `Sec. 6904. Additional payments `(a) In General- In addition to payments the Secretary of the Interior makes under section 6902, the Secretary of the Interior shall make payments for each fiscal year to a unit of general local government subject to the requirements of this section. `(b) Requirements for Acquired Designated Entitlement Land- `(1) REAL PROPERTY TAXES- In addition to payments the Secretary of the Interior makes under section 6902, the Secretary shall make a payment for each fiscal year to a unit of general local government collecting and distributing real property taxes (including a unit in the State of Alaska outside the boundaries of an organized borough) in which is located an interest in land that-- `(A) the Federal Government acquires for-- `(i) the National Park System; `(ii) the National Wilderness Preservation System; or `(iii) the National Wildlife Refuge System; and `(B) was subject to local real property taxes during the 5-year period ending on the date on which the interest is acquired. `(2) REQUIREMENTS- The Secretary'; (2) in subsection (c)-- (A) in the third sentence, by striking `subsection (a) of this section' and inserting `paragraph (1)'; and (B) by striking `(c) Each yearly' and inserting the following: `(3) AMOUNT- Each yearly'; (3) by striking subsection (d) and inserting the following: `(4) REGULATIONS- The Secretary may promulgate regulations under which payments may be made to units of general local government when paragraphs (1) and (2) will not carry out the purpose of those paragraphs.'; and (4) by adding at the end the following: `(c) Requirements for Designated Entitlement Land and Historic Payments- `(1) DESIGNATED ENTITLEMENT LAND- Notwithstanding section 6903 and subject to paragraph (4), the Secretary of the Interior shall adjust the applicable limitation described in section 6903(c) for a unit of general local government that-- `(A) receives a payment under section 6902; and `(B) uses that payment for entitlement land that is-- `(i) a unit of the National Park System; `(ii) a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System; or `(iii) a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System that is not land described in clause (i) or (ii). `(2) HISTORIC PAYMENTS- Notwithstanding section 6903, the Secretary of the Interior shall make a payment to a unit of general local government that received amounts during fiscal year 2013 under-- `(A) the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); or `(B) section 401(c)(2) of the Act of June 15, 1935 (commonly known as the `Refuge Revenue Sharing Act') (16 U.S.C. 715s(c)(2)). `(3) ADDITIONAL PAYMENT CALCULATIONS- `(A) DESIGNATED ENTITLEMENT LAND- The adjusted limitation under paragraph (1) shall be an amount equal to the sum of-- `(i) the applicable limitation for the unit of general local government described in section 6903(c); and `(ii) the product obtained by multiplying-- `(I) the quantity of acres of entitlement land of the unit of general local government that is (as applicable)-- `(aa) a unit of the National Park System; `(bb) a unit of the National Wildlife Refuge System; or `(cc) a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System that is not land described in item (aa) or (bb); and `(II) 1/2 of the applicable per-acre amount for the unit of general local government described in section 6903(b)(1) for the fiscal year. `(B) HISTORIC PAYMENTS- The additional payment under paragraph (2) shall be an amount equal to the difference between-- `(i) the sum of-- `(I) the amount received by the unit of general local government for fiscal year 2013 under this chapter; `(II) 95 percent of the amount received by the unit of local government for fiscal year 2013 under the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.); and `(III) the amount authorized to be received by the unit of general local government for fiscal year 2013 under section 401(c)(2) of the Act of June 15, 1935 (commonly known as the `Refuge Revenue Sharing Act') (16 U.S.C. 715s(c)(2)); and `(ii) the sum of-- `(I) the applicable amount for the unit of general local government described in section 6903(c); and `(II) the applicable amount for the unit of general local government calculated under subparagraph (A). `(4) LIMITATION- The limitation under this chapter for a unit of general local government that receives a payment under paragraph (1) shall not exceed the lesser of-- `(A) 3 times the applicable limitation specified in section 6903(c)(2) for the unit of general local government; and `(B) the limitation specified in section 6903(c)(2) for a unit of general local government with a population of 50,000.'. SEC. 6. ADJUSTED SHARE. Chapter 69 of title 31, United States Code, is amended-- (1) by redesignating sections 6906 and 6907 as sections 6907 and 6908, respectively; and (2) by inserting after section 6905 the following: `Sec. 6906. Adjusted share `(a) Requirement- The final payment provided under this chapter for a fiscal year for each unit of general local government shall be adjusted by an amount equal to the quotient obtained by dividing-- `(1) the sum of the amount of payments to the applicable unit of general local government under sections 6903 through 6905; by `(2) the economic performance index described in subsection (d). `(b) Economic Performance Score Measures- The economic performance index referred to in subsection (a)(2) shall be based on an economic performance score comprised of 5 equally weighted measures of economic performance and opportunity, calculated for each fiscal year, as follows: `(1) MEDIAN HOUSEHOLD INCOME- The median household income for the unit of general local government, according to the most recent 5-year estimate of the American Community Survey of the Bureau of the Census. `(2) AVERAGE EARNINGS PER JOB- The average earnings per job for the unit of general local government, according to the most recent estimates of the applicable Regional Economic Profiles (as reflected in Table CA 30) published by the Bureau of Economic Analysis of the Department of Commerce. `(3) PERCENTAGE OF FAMILIES ABOVE THE POVERTY LEVEL- The percentage of households served by the unit of general local government that are above the poverty level, as determined by the most recent 5-year estimates of the American Community Survey of the Bureau of the Census. `(4) PERCENTAGE OF POPULATION WITH BACHELOR'S DEGREE OR HIGHER- The percentage of the population served by the unit of general local government that, as determined by the most recent 5-year estimates of the American Community Survey of the Bureau of the Census-- `(A) is aged 25 years or older; and `(B) has received-- `(i) a bachelor's degree from an institution of higher education; or `(ii) a master's, professional, or doctorate degree. `(5) AREA CLASSIFICATIONS- `(A) IN GENERAL- Subject to subparagraph (B), a classification of each unit of general local government into core based statistical areas and combined statistical areas, as determined in accordance with the most recent metropolitan and micropolitan statistical areas and delineations of the Office of Management and Budget and resulting from the application of published standards to the Bureau of the Census data, into 1 of the following 4 areas: `(i) A central metropolitan statistical area. `(ii) An outlying metropolitan statistical area. `(iii) A central micropolitan statistical area. `(iv) An outlying micropolitan statistical area. `(B) RURAL AREAS- Any unit of general local government that is not delineated into 1 of the 4 areas described in subparagraph (A) shall be considered to be a rural area. `(c) Economic Performance Score Preparation- In preparing the economic performance score under subsection (b), the Secretary of the Interior shall-- `(1)(A) gather data for the most recent calendar year available regarding each variable described in paragraphs (1) through (5) of subsection (b) that comprise the score for each unit of general local government; or `(B) if specific data for a unit of general local government are not available, use the applicable county average; `(2) recalculate each variable on a 0-to-1 scale by dividing the value of the variable for each unit of general local government by the highest value for that variable among all units of general local government, including by classifying a unit of general local government under subsection (b)(5) such that-- `(A) a central metropolitan statistical area is equal to 0.75; `(B) an outlying metropolitan statistical area is equal to 0.6; `(C) a central micropolitan statistical area is equal to 0.5; `(D) an outlying micropolitan statistical area is equal to 0.4; and `(E) a rural area is equal to 0.25; `(3) calculate for each unit of general local government an economic performance score that is equal to the sum of the value of the variables recalculated under paragraph (2); and `(4) create a percentile rank for each unit of general local government, which shall be equal to the quotient obtained by dividing-- `(A) the product obtained by multiplying-- `(i) 100; and `(ii) the difference between-- `(I) the numeric rank of the economic performance score calculated under paragraph (3), relative to the economic performance scores of all other units of general local government; and `(II) 0.5; by `(B) the total number of units of general local government. `(d) Economic Performance Index- For purposes of subsection (a), the Secretary of the Interior shall adjust the amount of payments provided under this chapter based on an economic performance index equal to the sum of-- `(1) the product obtained by multiplying-- `(A) the difference between-- `(i) the percentile rank calculated under subsection (c); and `(ii) 0.5; and `(B) 0.4; and `(2) 1.'. SEC. 7. FUNDING. Section 6907 of title 31, United States Code (as redesignated by section 6(1)), is amended by striking `of fiscal years 2008 through 2014' and inserting `fiscal year'. SEC. 8. RESOURCE ADVISORY COMMITTEES. Chapter 69 of title 31, United States Code (as amended by section 6(1)), is amended by adding at the end the following: `Sec. 6909. Funding for resource advisory committees `(a) In General- For each of fiscal years 2014 through 2018, not more than $25,000,000 of the amounts made available for the fiscal year to the Secretary of the Interior for obligation or expenditure in accordance with this chapter shall be made available to the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture, as applicable-- `(1) to pay the administrative costs of any resource advisory committee (as defined in section 201 of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 7121)) that was established before September 29, 2013; or `(2) to establish new resource advisory committees, as appropriate, in accordance with section 205 of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 7125). `(b) Vegetation Management Projects- Notwithstanding title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 7121 et seq.), resource advisory committees provided amounts under this section may propose vegetation management projects, including projects authorized under section 602 of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (16 U.S.C. 6591a). `(c) Allocation- Amounts under this section shall be allocated among units of general local government and applicable units of Federal land in a manner substantially similar to the allocation of amounts under title II of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 7121 et seq.) for fiscal year 2013. `(d) Unused Amounts- Any unused amounts under this section as of September 30 of each fiscal year shall be allocated in accordance with this chapter among all units of general local government for the subsequent fiscal year.'. SEC. 9. CONFORMING AMENDMENT. The chapter analysis for chapter 69 of title 31, United States Code, is amended by striking the items relating to sections 6906 and 6907 and inserting the following: `6906. Adjusted share. `6907. Funding. `6908. State legislation requiring reallocation or redistribution of payments to smaller units of general purpose government. `6909. Funding for resource advisory committees.'.
S.2623 Jul-17-14
STATUS: July 17, 2014.--Introduced. S.2623 To prohibit land management modifications relating to the Lesser Prairie Chicken. (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2623 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2623 To prohibit land management modifications relating to the Lesser Prairie Chicken. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 17, 2014 Mr. MORAN (for himself, Mr. ROBERTS, Mr. CORNYN, Mr. CRUZ, and Mr. INHOFE) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To prohibit land management modifications relating to the Lesser Prairie Chicken. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. PROHIBITION ON LAND MANAGEMENT MODIFICATIONS RELATING TO LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN. Notwithstanding any other provision of law (including regulations), the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior shall not implement or limit any modification to a public or private land-related policy or subsurface mineral right-related policy or practice that is in effect on the date of enactment of this Act relating to the listing of the Lesser Prairie Chicken as a threatened species or endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).
S.2616 Jul-16-14
STATUS: July 16, 2014.--Introduced. July 30, 2014.--Subcommittee hearing held. S.2126 Regenerative Medicine Promotion Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2126 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2126 To launch a national strategy to support regenerative medicine through the establishment of a Regenerative Medicine Coordinating Council, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESMarch 13, 2014 Mrs. BOXER (for herself and Mr. KIRK) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions A BILL To launch a national strategy to support regenerative medicine through the establishment of a Regenerative Medicine Coordinating Council, 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 `Regenerative Medicine Promotion Act of 2014'. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds the following: (1) Regenerative medicine has the potential to treat many chronic diseases, promote economic growth, and reduce health care spending in the United States. (2) Regenerative medicine products have already successfully treated numerous health conditions and have the potential to provide cures, treatments and diagnostics for a range of diseases and disabilities including diabetes, spinal cord injury, heart disease, stroke, various forms of cancer, and other age-related conditions that represent a huge quality of life, social, and economic burden on society. (3) A United States national strategy on regenerative medicine is critical to ensure that this technology fulfills its potential to cure and treat diseases and disabilities, reduce overall health care spending, and promote economic growth. (4) The Department of Defense has stated that regenerative medicine has the potential to treat many battlefield injuries such as burns, that it has the potential to heal wounds without scarring, and that it has the potential to be used for craniofacial reconstruction, limb reconstruction, regeneration, and transplantation. (5) The Department of Health and Human Services and the Multi-Agency Tissue Engineering Science Interagency Working Group have endorsed a national initiative to support research and product development in regenerative medicine. (6) The Department of Health and Human Services has said the potential benefits of regenerative medicine in improved health care and economic savings are enormous. States that have invested in regenerative medicine have experienced economic growth and see future growth potential, including an increase in biotech employment, payroll increases, and proportional impacts on tax receipts. SEC. 3. REPORT ON ONGOING FEDERAL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES REGARDING REGENERATIVE MEDICINE. Not later than 90 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Comptroller General of the United States shall provide for the completion, and submission to Congress, of a report identifying all ongoing Federal programs and activities regarding regenerative medicine. SEC. 4. ESTABLISHMENT OF REGENERATIVE MEDICINE COORDINATING COUNCIL. (a) Establishment- The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall establish, in the Office of the Secretary, a Regenerative Medicine Coordinating Council (in this section referred to as the `Council'). (b) Composition- The Council shall be composed of the following: (1) The Secretary of Commerce. (2) The Secretary of Defense. (3) The Secretary of Health and Human Services. (4) The Secretary of the Treasury. (5) The Secretary of Veterans Affairs. (6) The Administrator of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. (7) The Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. (8) The Commissioner of Food and Drugs. (9) The Director of the National Institutes of Health. (10) The Director of the National Institutes of Standards and Technology. (11) Such other members as may be appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services. (c) Chair- The Secretary of Health and Human Services shall be the Chair of the Council. (d) Members Appointed by Secretary- The members of the Council appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services under subsection (b)(11) shall include health insurers, regenerative medicine researchers from academic institutions, patient advocates, persons with expertise in drug discovery, persons with expertise in drug development, persons with expertise in basic research, persons with expertise in translational research, persons with expertise in medical device development, persons with expertise in biomaterials, and persons with expertise in clinical research. (e) Functions- The Council shall-- (1) prepare, and keep up-to-date, a national strategy to support research into regenerative medicine and enable the development of drugs, biological products, medical devices, and biomaterials for use in regenerative medicine; (2) develop national goals for regenerative medicine research and product development; (3) prepare a plan specifying priorities for research into regenerative medicine; (4) identify sources of funding for research into regenerative medicine; (5) identify areas where such funding is inadequate or duplicative; (6) make recommendations regarding Federal regulatory, reimbursement, and other policies that will support development and marketing of regenerative medicine products; (7) develop consensus standards regarding scientific issues critical to regulatory approval of regenerative medicine products; and (8) determine the need for establishing centers of excellence or consortia to further advance regenerative medicine. (f) Transparency; Reporting Requirements- (1) TRANSPARENCY- The Council shall adopt procedures to ensure the receipt of public input, such as holding public stakeholder meetings or creating advisory boards. (2) ANNUAL REPORTS- The Council shall submit an annual report on its activities to Congress, the Director of the National Institutes of Health, and the Commissioner of Food and Drugs. Each such report shall-- (A) provide details on progress in meeting goals identified by the Council for regenerative medicine; (B) provide recommendations regarding funding, regulatory, or other policies to achieve regenerative medicine goals identified by the Council; (C) identify regenerative medicine products currently on the market and those in development; (D) identify regenerative medicine research and technological advances and discoveries that occurred in the previous year; and (E) assess the impact of regenerative medicine on the Nation's economy, including with respect to-- (i) the number of people employed in companies or research institutions working in regenerative medicine; (ii) the number of companies pursuing regenerative medicine products; and (iii) increases in tax revenues.
S.2610 Jul-15-14
STATUS: July 15, 2014.--Introduced. S.2610 John P. Parker House Study Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2610 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2610 To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the John P. Parker House in Ripley, Ohio, as a unit of the National Park System. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 15, 2014 Mr. BROWN introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To direct the Secretary of the Interior to conduct a special resource study to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the John P. Parker House in Ripley, Ohio, 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. This Act may be cited as the `John P. Parker House Study Act'. SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (2) STUDY AREA- The term `study area' means the John P. Parker House in Ripley, Ohio, which was recognized as a National Historic Landmark in 1997. SEC. 3. SPECIAL RESOURCE STUDY OF JOHN P. PARKER HOUSE. (a) Study- The Secretary shall conduct a special resource study of the study area to determine the suitability and feasibility of establishing the John P. Parker House in Ripley, Ohio, as a unit of the National Park System. (b) Study Requirements- The Secretary shall conduct the study in accordance with section 8 of the National Park System General Authorities Act (16 U.S.C. 1a-5). (c) Report- Not later than 3 years after the date on which funds are made available to carry out 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 the study; and (2) any recommendations of the Secretary.