Committee Legislation

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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.
S.2608 Jul-15-14
STATUS: July 15, 2014.--Introduced. July 17, 2014.--Mr. Scott and Mr. Vitter added as cosponsors. S.2608 Improved National Monument Designation Process Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2608 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2608 To provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for the declaration of marine national monuments, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 15, 2014 Ms. MURKOWSKI introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To provide for congressional approval of national monuments and restrictions on the use of national monuments, to establish requirements for the declaration of marine national monuments, 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 `Improved National Monument Designation Process Act'. SEC. 2. DESIGNATION OF NATIONAL MONUMENTS. The Act of June 8, 1906 (commonly known as the `Antiquities Act of 1906') (16 U.S.C. 431 et seq.), is amended-- (1) in section 2 (16 U.S.C. 431)-- (A) by striking `sec. 2. That the President is hereby authorized, in his discretion to' and inserting the following: `SEC. 2. DESIGNATION OF NATIONAL MONUMENTS. `(a) In General- After obtaining congressional approval of the proposed national monument and certifying compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) with respect to the proposed national monument and subject to subsection (b), the President may'; and (B) by adding at the end the following: `(b) Requirements for Declaration of Marine National Monuments- `(1) DEFINITION OF EXCLUSIVE ECONOMIC ZONE- In this subsection, the term `exclusive economic zone' means the zone established by Proclamation Number 5030, dated March 10, 1983 (16 U.S.C. 1453 note). `(2) REQUIREMENTS- The President may not declare any area of the exclusive economic zone to be a national monument unless-- `(A) the declaration is specifically authorized by an Act of Congress; `(B) the President has submitted to the Governor of each State and each territory, any part of which is located within 100 nautical miles of the proposed national monument, a proposal to make the declaration; `(C) the Governor of each State and territory described in subparagraph (B) submits to the President notice that the legislature of the State or territory has approved the proposal submitted under that paragraph; and `(D) the declaration is substantially the same as the proposal submitted under subparagraph (B).'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `SEC. 5. RESTRICTIONS ON PUBLIC USE. `The Secretary of the Interior, or the Secretary of Commerce, with respect to any area of the exclusive economic zone (as defined in section 2(b)(1)) designated as a national monument, shall not implement any restrictions on the public use of a national monument until the expiration of an appropriate review period (as determined by the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Commerce, as applicable) providing for public input and congressional approval.'.
S.2602 Jul-15-14
STATUS: July 15, 2014.--Introduced July 23, 2014.--Hearing by subcommittee. (56) S.2602 Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2602 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2602 To establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area in the State of Washington. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 15, 2014 Ms. CANTWELL (for herself and Mrs. MURRAY) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To establish the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area in the State of Washington. 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 `Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Act'. SEC. 2. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) the Mountains to Sound Greenway-- (A) is a nationally important historical transportation corridor in which native travel routes, pioneer wagon roads, transcontinental railroads, original State highways, and modern interstates are layered into a historical and cultural mosaic that were important in opening the Northwest region of the United States to commerce, transport, settlement, and recreation; (B) remains a crucial transcontinental link within the United States; (C) has a unique and nationally important heritage of outdoor recreation and natural resource conservation; and (D) is a large, iconic, populated area of the United States, exemplified by-- (i) hundreds of thousands of acres of forests and fields that are-- (I) managed by the Federal Government and State, local, and tribal governments; and (II) in close proximity to a major metropolitan area; (ii) an outstanding array of accessible natural land, which is highlighted by-- (I) the Alpine Lakes Wilderness Area; (II) the forests of the Teanaway River basin; and (III) the towering Douglas firs of the Issaquah Alps; (iii) dynamic and engaging cultural opportunities, including hundreds of museums, environmental education centers, interpretive trails, festivals, and community centers; (iv) vibrant cities, extensive outdoor recreation, and globally competitive businesses established and thriving in the area; and (v) strong local citizen involvement and collaboration; and (2) the community of Mountains to Sound Greenway has many great stories to share, including stories of-- (A) Indian tribes from time immemorial; (B) travel and transport in the West, including footpaths used for trading, transcontinental railroads, and the present-day Mountains to Sound Greenway I-90 National Scenic Byway; (C) settlement and commerce in the Northwest, including the coal mining communities of Roslyn and Newcastle, the railroad communities of Cle Elum and South Cle Elum, the timber communities of Snoqualmie and North Bend, and the agricultural communities of Ellensburg and Carnation; (D) extensive rural working farms and forests of the Snoqualmie and Yakima River valleys and the Cascade foothills; and (E) a strong interrelationship between built and natural environments that strengthens economies and communities. SEC. 3. PURPOSES. The purposes of this Act are-- (1) to recognize the national importance of the natural, historical, and cultural legacies of the Heritage Area, as demonstrated in-- (A) the study entitled `Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area Feasibility Study' and dated April 2012; and (B) the document entitled `National Heritage Area Feasibility Study Addendum' and dated March 2014; (2) to recognize the nationally important role of the Heritage Area as a historical transportation corridor that continues to link the Puget Sound region to the rest of the United States; (3) to recognize the national heritage of the timber and outdoor recreation industries that have developed from the transportation corridor; (4) to recognize the heritage of natural resource conservation in the Pacific Northwest and in the Mountains to Sound Greenway; (5) to conserve, enhance, and interpret the legacy of natural resource conservation and community stewardship, which has been passed from generation to generation within the Heritage Area; (6) to promote heritage, cultural, and recreational tourism; (7) to develop educational and cultural programs for visitors and the general public; (8) to recognize and interpret important events and geographic locations representing key developments in the establishment of the United States, particularly the settlement of the West and the stories of diverse ethnic groups, including members of Indian tribes and others; (9) to enhance a cooperative management framework to assist the Federal Government, State, local, and tribal governments, the private sector, and citizens residing in the Heritage Area in conserving, supporting, managing, enhancing, and interpreting the significant historical, cultural, natural, and recreational sites in the Heritage Area; (10) to recognize and interpret the relationship between land and people, which are broad ideals of the United States demonstrated through the integrity of existing resources within the Heritage Area; and (11) to support working relationships between public land managers and the community by creating relevant linkages between the National Park Service, the Forest Service, other relevant Federal agencies, Indian tribes, State and local governments and agencies, and community stakeholders within and surrounding the Heritage Area, in order to conserve, enhance, and interpret cultural and natural resources within the Heritage Area. SEC. 4. DEFINITIONS. In this Act: (1) HERITAGE AREA- The term `Heritage Area' means the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area established by section 5(a). (2) LOCAL COORDINATING ENTITY- The term `local coordinating entity' means the local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area designated by section 5(d). (3) MANAGEMENT PLAN- The term `management plan' means the management plan for the Heritage Area required under section 6. (4) MAP- The term `map' means the map entitled `Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area', numbered 1, and dated January 31, 2011. (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of the Interior. (6) STATE- The term `State' means the State of Washington. (7) TRIBAL- The term `tribal' means each of the tribal government of the Snoqualmie, Yakama, Tulalip, Muckleshoot, and Colville Indian tribes. SEC. 5. DESIGNATION OF THE MOUNTAINS TO SOUND GREENWAY NATIONAL HERITAGE AREA. (a) Establishment- There is established in the State the Mountains to Sound Greenway National Heritage Area. (b) Boundaries- The Heritage Area shall consist of the approximately 1,550,000 acres of land and interests in land located in King and Kittitas counties in the State, as generally depicted on the map, including-- (1) the land within the Yakima River Basin upstream of Manastash Creek in Kittitas county, including the Manastash and Teanaway drainages and the cities of Ellensburg, Roslyn, Cle Elum and South Cle Elum; and (2) the land in the Snoqualmie River, Cedar River, and Lake Washington watersheds and the Puget Sound nearshore watersheds in the cities of Seattle, Shoreline, and 22 additional cities in King County. (c) Map- The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of the National Park Service, the Forest Service, and the local coordinating entity. (d) Local Coordinating Entity- (1) IN GENERAL- The Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, a nonprofit corporation recognized by the Federal Government as being organized for charitable purposes in the State, is designated as the local coordinating entity for the Heritage Area-- (A) to facilitate, in partnership with Federal, State, and local partners, the development of the management plan for the Heritage Area; and (B) to act as a catalyst for the implementation of projects and programs among diverse partners in the Heritage Area. (2) DUTIES- To further the purposes of the Heritage Area, the local coordinating entity shall-- (A) prepare and submit a management plan for the Heritage Area to the Secretary, in accordance with section 6; (B) facilitate and expedite the implementation of projects and programs among diverse partners in the Heritage Area; (C) encourage economic viability and sustainability that is consistent with the purposes of the Heritage Area; (D) every 5 years after the date on which the Secretary has approved the management plan, submit to the Secretary a report that describes-- (i) the specific performance goals and accomplishments of the local coordinating entity; (ii) the expenses and income of the local coordinating entity; and (iii) significant grants or contracts made by the local coordinating entity to any other entities during the 5-year period; (E) make available for audit by the Secretary for each fiscal year for which the local coordinating entity receives Federal funds under this Act-- (i) information pertaining to the expenditure of the Federal funds received under this Act; and (ii) any funds matched to Federal funds received under this Act; and (F) consult with the Forest Service, National Park Service, the Governor of the State, and the Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands. (3) AUTHORITIES- To further the purposes of the Heritage Area, the local coordinating entity may-- (A) make grants to political jurisdictions, nonprofit organizations, and other parties within the Heritage Area; (B) enter into cooperative agreements with, or provide technical assistance to, political jurisdictions, nonprofit organizations, Federal agencies, and other interested parties; (C) hire and compensate staff, including individuals with expertise in-- (i) natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resource conservation; (ii) economic and community development; and (iii) heritage and interpretive planning; (D) obtain funds or services from any source, including Federal programs; (E) contract for goods or services; and (F) support activities that-- (i) further the purposes of the Heritage Area; and (ii) are consistent with the approved management plan. (4) PROHIBITION ON ACQUISITION OF REAL PROPERTY- The local coordinating entity may not acquire land or interests in land through condemnation. SEC. 6. MANAGEMENT PLAN. (a) In General- Not later than 3 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the local coordinating entity shall submit to the Secretary for approval a proposed management plan for the Heritage Area. (b) Requirements- The management plan shall-- (1) incorporate an integrated and cooperative approach for the conservation, enhancement, management, and interpretation of the natural, cultural, historical, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area; (2) take into consideration plans of the Federal Government and State, tribal, and local governments; (3) include-- (A) an inventory of the natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area that relate to the national importance and themes of the Heritage Area that should be conserved and enhanced; (B) a description of strategies and recommendations for the conservation, funding, management, and development of the Heritage Area; (C) a history of-- (i) the Mountains to Sound Greenway; and (ii) the Mountains to Sound Greenway Trust, including the role of the Trust in encouraging stewardship of the Heritage Area by Federal, State, tribal, and local institutions and private organizations; (D) a description of actions Federal, State, tribal, local, and private partners have agreed to take to conserve, enhance, interpret, fund, manage, and develop the natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area; (E) a program of implementation for the management plan by the local coordinating entity, including-- (i) performance goals; and (ii) commitments for implementation made by partners; (F) the identification of sources of funding and economic development strategies for carrying out the management plan; (G) an analysis of, and recommendations for, means by which Federal, State, and local programs may best be coordinated to carry out this Act; (H) an interpretive plan for the Heritage Area; (I) recommended policies and strategies for resource management, including the development of intergovernmental and interagency agreements to protect, enhance, interpret, fund, manage, and otherwise provide for the enjoyment and understanding of the natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area; (J) a definition of the roles of the National Park Service, the Forest Service, and other Federal agencies in the coordination of the Heritage Area and in otherwise furthering the purposes of this Act; and (K) in consultation with the National Park Service and the Forest Service, a plan to share with other communities and interested parties the expertise of the coordinating entity in-- (i) reconnecting the people of the United States, with a special emphasis on children, to the outdoors; (ii) promoting community-based recreation and conservation; and (iii) advancing volunteer opportunities in conservation and outdoor recreation. (c) Deadline- If the local coordinating entity does not submit a proposed management plan to the Secretary by the date that is 3 years after the date on which the local coordinating receives funding under this Act, the local coordinating entity shall be ineligible to receive additional funding under this Act until the date on which the Secretary receives and approves the management plan. (d) Approval of Management Plan- (1) REVIEW- Not later than 180 days after the date of receipt of the management plan, the Secretary shall review and, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, approve or disapprove the management plan on the basis of the criteria established under paragraph (2). (2) CRITERIA FOR APPROVAL- In determining whether to approve a management plan for a Heritage Area, the Secretary shall consider whether-- (A) the local coordinating entity represents the diverse interests of the Heritage Area, including Federal, State, tribal, and local governments, natural and historical resource protection organizations, educational institutions, businesses, recreational organizations, community members, and private property owners; (B) the local coordinating entity-- (i) has afforded adequate opportunity for the public and the involvement of the Federal Government and State, tribal, and local governments in the preparation of the management plan; and (ii) provides for at least annual public meetings to ensure adequate implementation of the management plan; (C) the resource conservation, enhancement, interpretation, funding, and management strategies described in the management plan, if implemented, would adequately conserve, enhance, interpret, fund, manage, and otherwise provide for the enjoyment and understanding of the natural, historical, cultural, educational, scenic, and recreational resources of the Heritage Area; (D) the management plan would not adversely affect any activities on Federal land authorized under public land laws or land use plans; (E) the local coordinating entity has demonstrated the financial capability, in partnership with others, to carry out the management plan; (F) the Secretary has received adequate assurances from the appropriate State, tribal, and local officials, the support of which is needed to ensure the effective implementation of the State, tribal, and local elements of the management plan; (G) the management plan demonstrates partnerships among the local coordinating entity, the Federal Government, State, tribal, and local governments, regional planning organizations, nonprofit organizations, and private sector parties for implementation of the management plan; and (H) the management plan is consistent with this Act. (e) Disapproval- (1) IN GENERAL- If the Secretary disapproves the management plan, the Secretary shall-- (A) advise the local coordinating entity in writing of the reasons for the disapproval; and (B) make recommendations to the local coordinating entity for revisions to the management plan. (2) DEADLINE- Not later than 180 days after receiving a revised management plan under this subsection, the Secretary shall approve or disapprove the revised management plan. (f) Amendments- (1) IN GENERAL- An amendment to the management plan that substantially alters the purposes of the Heritage Area shall be reviewed by the Secretary and approved or disapproved in the same manner as the original management plan. (2) IMPLEMENTATION- The local coordinating entity shall not use Federal funds authorized by this Act to implement an amendment to the management plan until the Secretary approves the amendment. (g) Authorities- The Secretary and the Secretary of Agriculture may-- (1) provide technical assistance under this Act for the implementation of the management plan; and (2) enter into cooperative agreements with the local coordinating entity, State and local agencies, and other interested parties to carry out this Act, including cooperation and cost sharing, as appropriate, to provide more cost-effective and coordinated public land management. SEC. 7. EVALUATION; REPORTING. (a) In General- Not later than 15 years after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, shall-- (1) conduct an evaluation of the accomplishments of the Heritage Area, in accordance with subsection (b); and (2) prepare and submit a report, in accordance with subsection (c). (b) Evaluation Requirements- 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; and (B) achieving the goals and objectives of the approved management plan for the Heritage Area; (2) analyze the Federal, State, tribal, local, and private investments in the Heritage Area to determine the 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- Based on the evaluation conducted under subsection (a)(1), 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-- (1) shall include recommendations for the future role of the National Park Service with respect to the Heritage Area; and (2) may include recommendations by the Secretary of Agriculture for the future role of the Forest Service with respect to the Heritage Area. SEC. 8. 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- To the maximum extent practicable, 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 local coordinating entity. (c) Other Federal Agencies- Nothing in this Act-- (1) modifies, alters, or amends any law (including regulations) 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. 9. PRIVATE PROPERTY AND REGULATORY PROTECTIONS. Nothing in this Act-- (1) abridges the rights of any property owner (whether public or private), including the right of a property owner to refrain from participating in any plan, project, program, or activity conducted within the Heritage Area; (2) requires any property owner-- (A) to permit public access (including access by Federal, State, tribal, or local agencies) to the property of the property owner; or (B) to modify public access or use of property of the property owner under any other Federal, State, tribal, or local law; (3) alters any duly adopted land use regulation, approved land use plan, or other regulatory authority (such as the authority to make safety improvements or increase the capacity of existing roads or to construct new roads or associated developments) of any Federal, State, tribal, or local unit of government or local agency; (4) conveys any land unit of government or agency use or other regulatory authority to any local coordinating entity, including development and management of energy, water, or water-related infrastructure; (5) alters, modifies, diminishes, or extinguishes the treaty rights of any Indian tribe within the Heritage Area; (6) authorizes or implies the reservation or appropriation of water or water rights; (7) diminishes the authority of the State to manage fish and wildlife, including the regulation of fishing and hunting within the Heritage Area; or (8) creates any liability, or affects any liability under any other law, of any private property owner. SEC. 10. AUTHORIZATION OF APPROPRIATIONS. (a) Authorization of Appropriations- Subject to section 6(c) and subsection (b), there is authorized to be appropriated to carry out this Act $1,000,000 for each fiscal year, to remain available until expended. (b) Limitations on Total Amounts Appropriated- A total of not more than $15,000,000 may be appropriated to carry out this Act. (c) Cost-Sharing Requirement- (1) IN GENERAL- The Federal share of the total cost of the activities carried out under this Act shall be not more than 50 percent. (2) NON-FEDERAL SHARE- The non-Federal share of the cost of activities carried out under this Act may be in the form of in-kind contributions of goods or services fairly valued. (d) Use of Federal Funds From Other Sources- Nothing in this Act precludes the local coordinating entity from using Federal funds available under other laws for the purposes for which the funds were authorized.
S.2595 Jul-10-14
STATUS: July 10, 2014.--Introduced. S.2595 North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2595 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2595 To revise the authorized route of the North Country National Scenic Trail in northeastern Minnesota and to extend the trail into Vermont to connect with the Appalachian National Scenic Trail, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 10, 2014 Ms. KLOBUCHAR (for herself, Mr. LEAHY, Mr. LEVIN, Ms. STABENOW, Mr. SANDERS, Mr. FRANKEN, Mrs. GILLIBRAND, and Ms. BALDWIN) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To revise the authorized route of the North Country National Scenic Trail in northeastern Minnesota and to extend the trail into Vermont to connect with the Appalachian National Scenic 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. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `North Country National Scenic Trail Route Adjustment Act'. SEC. 2. ROUTE ADJUSTMENT. Section 5(a)(8) of the National Trails System Act (16 U.S.C. 1244(a)(8)) is amended in the first sentence-- (1) by striking `thirty two hundred miles, extending from eastern New York State' and inserting `4,600 miles, extending from the Appalachian Trail in Vermont'; and (2) by striking `Proposed North Country Trail' and all that follows through `June 1975.' and inserting `North Country National Scenic Trail, Authorized Route' dated February 2014, and numbered 649/116870.'.
S.2593 Jul-10-14
STATUS: July 10, 2014.--Introduced. July 17, 2014.--Mr. Enzi added as cosponsor. August 1, 2014.--Mr. Heller added as cosponsor. S.2593 FLAME Act Amendments Act of 2014 (Introduced in Senate - IS) S 2593 IS 113th CONGRESS2d SessionS. 2593 To amend the FLAME Act of 2009 to provide for additional wildfire suppression activities, to provide for the conduct of certain forest treatment projects, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATESJuly 10, 2014 Mr. MCCAIN (for himself, Mr. BARRASSO, and Mr. FLAKE) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources A BILL To amend the FLAME Act of 2009 to provide for additional wildfire suppression activities, to provide for the conduct of certain forest treatment projects, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE; TABLE OF CONTENTS. (a) Short Title- This Act may be cited as the `FLAME Act Amendments Act of 2014'. (b) Table of Contents- The table of contents for this Act is as follows: Sec. 1. Short title; table of contents. TITLE I--FLAME ACT AMENDMENTS Sec. 101. Findings. Sec. 102. FLAME Act amendments. Sec. 103. Wildfire disaster funding authority. TITLE II--FOREST TREATMENT PROJECTS Sec. 201. Definitions. Sec. 202. Projects in Forest Management Emphasis Areas. Sec. 203. Administrative review; arbitration. Sec. 204. Distribution of revenue. Sec. 205. Performance measures; reporting. Sec. 206. Termination. TITLE III--FOREST STEWARDSHIP CONTRACTING Sec. 301. Cancellation ceilings. TITLE I--FLAME ACT AMENDMENTS SEC. 101. FINDINGS. Congress finds that-- (1) over the past 2 decades, wildfires have increased dramatically in size and costs; (2) existing budget mechanisms for estimating the costs of wildfire suppression are not keeping pace with the actual costs for wildfire suppression due in part to improper budget estimation methodology; (3) the FLAME Funds have not been adequate in supplementing wildland fire management funds in cases in which wildland fire management accounts are exhausted; and (4) the practice of transferring funds from other agency funds (including the hazardous fuels treatment accounts) by the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior to pay for wildfire suppression activities, commonly known as `fire-borrowing', does not support the missions of the Forest Service and the Department of the Interior with respect to protecting human life and property from the threat of wildfires. SEC. 102. FLAME ACT AMENDMENTS. (a) Funding- Section 502(d) of the FLAME Act of 2009 (43 U.S.C. 1748a(d)) is amended-- (1) in paragraph (1)-- (A) by striking `shall consist of' and all that follows through `appropriated to' in subparagraph (A) and inserting `shall consist of such amounts as are appropriated to'; and (B) by striking subparagraph (B); and (2) by striking paragraphs (4) and (5). (b) Use of Flame Fund- Section 502(e) of the FLAME Act of 2009 (43 U.S.C. 1748a(e)) is amended by striking paragraphs (1) and (2) and inserting the following: `(1) IN GENERAL- Amounts appropriated to a FLAME Fund, in accordance with section 251(b)(2)(E) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 902(b)(2)(E)), shall be available to the Secretary concerned for wildfire suppression operations if the Secretary concerned issues a declaration and notifies the relevant congressional committees that a wildfire suppression event is eligible for funding from the FLAME Fund. `(2) DECLARATION CRITERIA- A declaration by the Secretary concerned under paragraph (1) may be issued only if-- `(A) an individual wildfire incident meets the objective indicators of an extraordinary wildfire situation, including-- `(i) a wildfire that the Secretary concerned determines has required an emergency Federal response based on the significant complexity, severity, or threat posed by the fire to human life, property, or a resource; `(ii) a wildfire that covers 1,000 or more acres; or `(iii) a wildfire that is within 10 miles of an urbanized area (as defined in section 134(b) of title 23, United States Code); or `(B) the cumulative costs of wildfire suppression and Federal emergency response activities, as determined by the Secretary concerned, would exceed, within 30 days, all of the amounts otherwise previously appropriated (including amounts appropriated under an emergency designation, but excluding amounts appropriated to the FLAME Fund) to the Secretary concerned for wildfire suppression and Federal emergency response.'. (c) Treatment of Anticipated and Predicted Activities- Section 502(f) of the FLAME Act of 2009 (43 U.S.C. 1748a(f)) is amended by striking `(e)(2)(B)(i)' and inserting `(e)(2)(A)'. (d) Prohibition on Other Transfers- Section 502 of the FLAME Act of 2009 (43 U.S.C. 1748a) is amended by striking subsection (g) and inserting the following: `(g) Prohibition on Other Transfers- The Secretary concerned shall not transfer funds provided for activities other than wildfire suppression operations to pay for any wildfire suppression operations.'. (e) Accounting and Reports- Section 502(h) of the FLAME Act of 2009 (43 U.S.C. 1748a(h)) is amended by striking paragraphs (2) and (3) and inserting the following: `(2) ESTIMATES OF WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION OPERATIONS COSTS TO IMPROVE BUDGETING AND FUNDING- `(A) BUDGET SUBMISSION- Consistent with section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, the President shall include in each budget for the Department of Agriculture and the Department of the Interior information on estimates of appropriations for wildfire suppression costs based on an out-year forecast that uses a statistically valid regression model. `(B) REQUIREMENTS- The estimate of anticipated wildfire suppression costs under subparagraph (A) shall be developed using the best available-- `(i) climate, weather, and other relevant data; and `(ii) models and other analytic tools. `(C) INDEPENDENT REVIEW- The methodology for developing the estimates of wildfire suppression costs under subparagraph (A) shall be subject to periodic independent review to ensure compliance with subparagraph (B). `(D) SUBMISSION TO CONGRESS- `(i) IN GENERAL- Consistent with the schedule described in clause (ii) and in accordance with subparagraphs (B) and (C), the Secretary concerned shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives an updated estimate of wildfire suppression costs for the applicable fiscal year. `(ii) SCHEDULE- The Secretary concerned shall submit the updated estimates under clause (i) during-- `(I) March of each year; `(II) May of each year; `(III) July of each year; and `(IV) if a bill making appropriations for the Department of the Interior and the Forest Service for the following fiscal year has not been enacted by September 1, September of each year. `(3) REPORTS- Annually, the Secretary of Agriculture and the Secretary of the Interior shall jointly submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate, the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives, and the Committees on Appropriations of the Senate and the House of Representatives a report that-- `(A) provides a summary of the amount of appropriations made available during the previous fiscal year, which specifies the source of the amounts and the commitments and obligations made under this section; `(B) describes the amounts obligated to individual wildfire events that meet the criteria specified in subsection (e)(2); and `(C) includes any recommendations that the Secretary of Agriculture or the Secretary of the Interior may have to improve the administrative control and oversight of the FLAME Fund.'. SEC. 103. WILDFIRE DISASTER FUNDING AUTHORITY. (a) In General- Section 251(b)(2) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 901(b)(2)) is amended by adding at the end the following: `(E) FLAME WILDFIRE SUPPRESSION- `(i)(I) The adjustments for a fiscal year shall be in accordance with clause (ii) if-- `(aa) a bill or joint resolution making appropriations for a fiscal year is enacted that-- `(AA) specifies an amount for wildfire suppression operations in the Wildland Fire Management accounts at the Department of Agriculture or the Department of the Interior; and `(BB) specifies a total amount to be used for the purposes described in subclause (II) in the Wildland Fire Management accounts at the Department of Agriculture or the Department of the Interior that is not less than 50 percent of the amount described in subitem (AA); and `(bb) as of the day before the date of enactment of the bill or joint resolution all amounts in the FLAME Fund established under section 502 of the FLAME Act of 2009 (43 U.S.C. 1748a) have been expended. `(II) The purposes described in this subclause are-- `(aa) hazardous fuels reduction projects and other activities of the Secretary of the Interior, as authorized under the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (16 U.S.C. 6501 et seq.) and the Tribal Forest Protection Act of 2004 (25 U.S.C. 3115a); and `(bb) forest restoration and fuel reduction activities carried out outside of the wildland urban interface that are on condition class 3 Federal land or condition class 2 Federal land located within fire regime I, fire regime II, or fire regime III. `(ii) If the requirements under clause (i)(I) are met for a fiscal year, the adjustments for that fiscal year shall be the amount of additional new budget authority provided in the bill or joint resolution described in clause (i)(I)(aa) for wildfire suppression operations for that fiscal year, but shall not exceed $1,000,000,000 in additional new budget authority in each of fiscal years 2015 through 2021. `(iii) As used in this subparagraph-- `(I) the term `additional new budget authority' means the amount provided for a fiscal year in an appropriation Act and specified to pay for the costs of wildfire suppression operations that is equal to the greater of the amount in excess of-- `(aa) 100 percent of the average costs for wildfire suppression operations over the previous 5 years; or `(bb) the estimated amount of anticipated wildfire suppression costs at the upper bound of the 90 percent confidence interval for that fiscal year calculated in accordance with section 502(h)(3) of the FLAME Act of 2009 (43 U.S.C. 1748a(h)(3)); and `(II) the term `wildfire suppression operations' means the emergency and unpredictable aspects of wildland firefighting including support, response, and emergency stabilization activities; other emergency management activities; and funds necessary to repay any transfers needed for these costs. `(iv) The average costs for wildfire suppression operations over the previous 5 years shall be calculated annually and reported in the President's Budget submission under section 1105(a) of title 31, United States Code, for each fiscal year.'. (b) Disaster Funding- Section 251(b)(2)(D) of the Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 (2 U.S.C. 901(b)(2)(D)) is amended-- (1) in clause (i)-- (A) in subclause (I), by striking `and' and inserting `plus'; (B) in subclause (II), by striking the period and inserting `; less'; and (C) by adding the following: `(III) the additional new budget authority provided in an appropriation Act for wildfire suppression operations pursuant to subparagraph (E) for the preceding fiscal year.'; and (2) by adding at the end the following: `(v) Beginning in fiscal year 2016 and in subsequent fiscal years, the calculation of the `average funding provided for disaster relief over the previous 10 years' shall not include the additional new budget authority provided in an appropriation Act for wildfire suppression operations pursuant to subparagraph (E).'. TITLE II--FOREST TREATMENT PROJECTS SEC. 201. DEFINITIONS. In this title: (1) COVERED PROJECT- The term `covered project' means a project that involves the management or sale of national forest material within a Forest Management Emphasis Area. (2) FOREST MANAGEMENT EMPHASIS AREA- (A) IN GENERAL- The term `Forest Management Emphasis Area' means National Forest System land identified as suitable for timber production in a forest management plan in effect on the date of enactment of this Act. (B) EXCLUSIONS- The term `Forest Management Emphasis Area' does not include National Forest System land-- (i) that is a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System; or (ii) on which removal of vegetation is specifically prohibited by Federal law. (3) NATIONAL FOREST MATERIAL- The term `national forest material' means trees, portions of trees, or forest products, with an emphasis on sawtimber and pulpwood, derived from National Forest System land. (4) NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM- (A) IN GENERAL- The term `National Forest System' has the meaning given the term in section 11(a) of the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1609(a)). (B) EXCLUSION- The term `National Forest System' does not include-- (i) the national grasslands and land utilization projects administered under title III of the Bankhead-Jones Farm Tenant Act (7 U.S.C. 1010 et seq.); or (ii) National Forest System land east of the 100th meridian. (5) SECRETARY- The term `Secretary' means the Secretary of Agriculture. SEC. 202. PROJECTS IN FOREST MANAGEMENT EMPHASIS AREAS. (a) Conduct of Covered Projects Within Forest Management Emphasis Areas- (1) IN GENERAL- The Secretary may conduct covered projects in Forest Management Emphasis Areas, subject to paragraphs (2) through (4). (2) DESIGNATING TIMBER FOR CUTTING- (A) IN GENERAL- Notwithstanding section 14(g) of the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 472a(g)), the Secretary may use designation by prescription or designation by description in conducting covered projects under this title. (B) REQUIREMENT- The designation methods authorized under subparagraph (A) shall be used in a manner that ensures that the quantity of national forest material that is removed from the Forest Management Emphasis Area is verifiable and accountable. (3) CONTRACTING METHODS- (A) IN GENERAL- Timber sale contracts under section 14 of the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 472a) shall be the primary means of carrying out covered projects under this title. (B) RECORD- If the Secretary does not use a timber sale contract under section 14 of the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 472a) to carry out a covered project under this title, the Secretary shall provide a written record specifying the reasons that different contracting methods were used. (4) ACREAGE TREATMENT REQUIREMENTS- (A) TOTAL ACREAGE REQUIREMENTS- The Secretary shall identify, prioritize, and carry out covered projects in Forest Management Emphasis Areas that mechanically treat a total of at least 7,500,000 acres in the Forest Management Emphasis Areas during the 15-year period beginning on the date that is 60 days after the date on which the Secretary assigns the acreage treatment requirements under subparagraph (B). (B) ASSIGNMENT OF ACREAGE TREATMENT REQUIREMENTS TO INDIVIDUAL UNITS OF THE NATIONAL FOREST SYSTEM- (i) IN GENERAL- Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act and subject to clause (ii), the Secretary, in the sole discretion of the Secretary, shall assign the acreage treatment requirements that shall apply to the Forest Management Emphasis Areas of each unit of the National Forest System. (ii) LIMITATION- Notwithstanding clause (i), the acreage treatment requirements assigned to a specific unit of the National Forest System under that clause may not apply to more than 25 percent of the acreage to be treated in any unit of the National Forest System in a Forest Management Emphasis Area during the 15-year period described in subparagraph (A). (b) Environmental Analysis and Public Review Process for Covered Projects in Forest Management Emphasis Areas- (1) ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT- The Secretary shall comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) by completing an environmental assessment that assesses the direct environmental effects of each covered project proposed to be conducted within a Forest Management Emphasis Area, except that the Secretary shall not be required to study, develop, or describe more than the proposed agency action and 1 alternative to the proposed agency action for purposes of that Act. (2) PUBLIC NOTICE AND COMMENT- In preparing an environmental assessment for a covered project under paragraph (1), the Secretary shall provide-- (A) public notice of the covered project; and (B) an opportunity for public comment on the covered project. (3) LENGTH- The environmental assessment prepared for a covered project under paragraph (1) shall not exceed 100 pages in length. (4) INCLUSION OF CERTAIN DOCUMENTS- The Secretary may incorporate, by reference, into an environmental assessment any documents that the Secretary, in the sole discretion of the Secretary, determines are relevant to the assessment of the environmental effects of the covered project. (5) DEADLINE FOR COMPLETION- Not later than 180 days after the date on which the Secretary has published notice of a covered project in accordance with paragraph (2), the Secretary shall complete the environmental assessment for the covered project. (c) Compliance With Endangered Species Act- To comply with the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the Secretary shall use qualified professionals on the staff of the Forest Service to make determinations required under section 7 of that Act (16 U.S.C. 1536). (d) Limitation on Revision of National Forest Plans- The Secretary may not, during a revision of a forest plan under section 6 of the Forest and Rangeland Renewable Resources Planning Act of 1974 (16 U.S.C. 1604), reduce the acres designated as suitable for timber harvest under a covered project, unless the Secretary determines, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior, that the reduction in acreage is necessary to prevent a jeopardy finding under section 7(b) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1536(b)). SEC. 203. ADMINISTRATIVE REVIEW; ARBITRATION. (a) Administrative Review- Administrative review of a covered project shall occur only in accordance with the special administrative review process established by section 105 of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (16 U.S.C. 6515). (b) Arbitration- (1) IN GENERAL- There is established in the Department of Agriculture a pilot program that-- (A) authorizes the use of arbitration instead of judicial review of a decision made following the special administrative review process for a covered project described in subsection (a); and (B) shall be the sole means to challenge a covered project in a Forest Management Emphasis Area during the 15-year period beginning on the date that is 60 days after the date on which the Secretary assigns the acreage treatment requirements under section 202(a)(4)(B). (2) ARBITRATION PROCESS PROCEDURES- (A) IN GENERAL- Any person who sought administrative review for a covered project in accordance with subsection (a) and who is not satisfied with the decision made under the administrative review process may file a demand for arbitration in accordance with-- (i) chapter 1 of title 9, United States Code; and (ii) this paragraph. (B) REQUIREMENTS FOR DEMAND- A demand for arbitration under subparagraph (A) shall-- (i) be filed not more than 30 days after the date on which the special administrative review decision is issued under subsection (a); and (ii) include a proposal containing the modifications sought to the covered project. (C) INTERVENING PARTIES- (i) DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION; REQUIREMENTS- Any person that submitted a public comment on the covered project subject to the demand for arbitration may intervene in the arbitration under this subsection by submitting a proposal endorsing or modifying the covered project by the date that is 30 days after the date on which the demand for arbitration is filed under subparagraph (A). (ii) MULTIPLE PARTIES- Multiple objectors or intervening parties that meet the requirements of clause (i) may submit a joint proposal under that clause. (D) APPOINTMENT OF ARBITRATOR- The United States District Court in the district in which a covered project subject to a demand for arbitration filed under subparagraph (A) is located shall appoint an arbitrator to conduct the arbitration proceedings in accordance with this subsection. (E) SELECTION OF PROPOSALS- (i) IN GENERAL- An arbitrator appointed under subparagraph (D)-- (I) may not modify any of the proposals submitted under this paragraph; and (II) shall select to be conducted-- (aa) a proposal submitted by an objector under subparagraph (B)(ii) or an intervening party under subparagraph (C); or (bb) the covered project, as approved by the Secretary. (ii) SELECTION CRITERIA- An arbitrator shall select the proposal that best meets the purpose and needs described in the environmental assessment conducted under section 202(b)(1) for the covered project. (iii) EFFECT- The decision of an arbitrator with respect to a selection under clause (i)(II)-- (I) shall not be considered a major Federal action; (II) shall be binding; and (III) shall not be subject to judicial review. (F) DEADLINE FOR COMPLETION- Not later than 90 days after the date on which a demand for arbitration is filed under subparagraph (A), the arbitration process shall be completed. SEC. 204. DISTRIBUTION OF REVENUE. (a) Payments to Counties- (1) IN GENERAL- Effective for fiscal year 2015 and each fiscal year thereafter until the termination date under section 206, the Secretary shall provide to each county in which a covered project is carried out annual payments in an amount equal to 25 percent of the amounts received for the applicable fiscal year by the Secretary from the covered project. (2) LIMITATION- A payment made under paragraph (1) shall be in addition to any payments the county receives under the payment to States required by the sixth paragraph under the heading `FOREST SERVICE' in the Act of May 23, 1908 (35 Stat. 260; 16 U.S.C. 500), and section 13 of the Act of March 1, 1911 (36 Stat. 963; 16 U.S.C. 500). (b) Deposit in Knutson-Vandenberg and Salvage Sale Funds- After compliance with subsection (a), the Secretary shall use amounts received by the Secretary from covered projects during each of the fiscal years during the period described in subsection (a) to make deposits into the fund established under section 3 of the Act of June 9, 1930 (commonly known as the `Knutson-Vandenberg Act') (16 U.S.C. 576b), and the fund established under section 14(h) of the National Forest Management Act of 1976 (16 U.S.C. 472a(h)) in contributions equal to the amounts otherwise collected under those Acts for projects conducted on National Forest System land. (c) Deposit in General Fund of the Treasury- After compliance with subsections (a) and (b), the Secretary shall deposit into the general fund of the Treasury any remaining amounts received by the Secretary for each of the fiscal years referred to in those subsections from covered projects. SEC. 205. PERFORMANCE MEASURES; REPORTING. (a) Performance Measures- The Secretary shall develop performance measures that evaluate the degree to which the Secretary is achieving-- (1) the purposes of this title; and (2) the minimum acreage requirements established under section 202(a)(4). (b) Annual Reports- Annually, the Secretary shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives-- (1) a report that describes the results of evaluations using the performance measures developed under subsection (a); and (2) a report that describes-- (A) the number and substance of the covered projects that are subject to administrative review and arbitration under section 203; and (B) the outcomes of the administrative review and arbitration under that section. SEC. 206. TERMINATION. The authority of this title terminates on the date that is 15 years after the date of enactment of this Act. TITLE III--FOREST STEWARDSHIP CONTRACTING SEC. 301. CANCELLATION CEILINGS. Section 604(d) of the Healthy Forests Restoration Act of 2003 (16 U.S.C. 6591c(d)) is amended-- (1) by redesignating paragraphs (5), (6), and (7) as paragraphs (6), (7), and (8), respectively; and (2) by inserting after paragraph (4) the following: `(5) CANCELLATION CEILINGS- `(A) IN GENERAL- The Chief and the Director may obligate funds to cover any potential cancellation or termination costs for an agreement or contract under subsection (b) in stages that are economically or programmatically viable. `(B) NOTICE- `(i) SUBMISSION TO CONGRESS- Not later than 30 days before entering into a multiyear agreement or contract under subsection (b) that includes a cancellation ceiling in excess of $25,000,000, but does not include proposed funding for the costs of cancelling the agreement or contract up to the cancellation ceiling established in the agreement or contract, the Chief and the Director shall submit to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources of the Senate and the Committee on Natural Resources of the House of Representatives a written notice that includes-- `(I)(aa) the cancellation ceiling amounts proposed for each program year in the agreement or contract; and `(bb) the reasons for the cancellation ceiling amounts proposed under item (aa); `(II) the extent to which the costs of contract cancellation are not included in the budget for the agreement or contract; and `(III) a financial risk assessment of not including budgeting for the costs of agreement or contract cancellation. `(ii) TRANSMITTAL TO OMB- At least 14 days before the date on which the Chief and Director enter into an agreement or contract under subsection (b), the Chief and Director shall transmit to the Director of the Office of Management and Budget a copy of the written notice submitted under clause (i).'.