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H.R. 242 (100th): A bill to provide for the conveyance of certain public lands in Oconto and Marinette Counties, Wisconsin.

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 15, 1987 (Passed Congress).


101 STAT. 804                   PUBLIC LAW 100-130—OCT. 15, 1987

                  Public Law 100-130
                  100th Congress
                                                   An Act
  Oct. 15, 1987   To provide for the conveyance of certain public lands in Oconto and Marinette
   [H.R. 242]                                  Counties, Wisconsin.

                      Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the
                  United States of America in Congress assembled,
                  SECTION 1. AUTHORIZATION OF CONVEYANCE.
                     (a) IN GENERAL.—Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the
                  Secretary of the Interior (hereinafter in this Act referred to as the
                  "Secretary") may convey any portion of the land described in
                  subsection (b) to any citizen of the United States who claims and
                  demonstrates possession of such portion of land.
                     (b) DESCRIPTION OF LAND.—The land referred to in subsection (a)
                  consists of parcels of public lands constituting a survey hiatus in
                  township 29 north, range 21 ¥2 east, fourth principal meridian,
                  Oconto and Marinette Counties, Wisconsin, which contain approxi-
                  mately 200 acres.
                     (c) PRELIMINARY DETERMINATIONS.—No conveyance may be made
                  under authority of this Act until the Secretary determines that—
                           (1) such conveyance—
                  -,s .<'       (-^^ is i*^ ^^® public interest; and
                  t^..; '       (B) will serve objectives which outweigh public objectives
                  ^'T •'      and values which would be served by retaining such lands
                  ^           in Federal ownership; and
                           (2) no other statutory authority exists whereby the Secretary
                         may afford the appropriate relief.
                  SEC. 2. PROCEDURE FOR CONVEYANCE.                               . . ^
                     (a) DETERMINATION OF PRICE.—In determining the price for which
                  land may be conveyed, the Secretary—
                           (1) shall appraise the land on the basis of its fair market value
                         at the time of appraisal;
                           (2) shall deduct the value of improvements or development
                         made by the person claiming possession or his predecessors in
                         interest; and
Taxes.                     (3) may further discount the price according to equitable
                         considerations that exist with respect to each conveyance,
                         including but not limited to—
                                 (A) the amount originally paid for a parcel by the person
                              claiming possession of such parcel; and
                                 (B) any taxes that have been paid with respect to a parcel
                              by the person claiming possession of such parcel.
                    (b) DESCRIPTION OF LAND CONVEYED AND CONVEYANCE THROUGH
                  TRUSTEE.—(1) Land conveyed under this Act shall be described
                  according to the rectangular system of survey, as reflected on the
                  Federal plat of survey.
                    (2) In the event that an individual tract of land does not conform
                  to such survey—

PUBLIC LAW 100-130—OCT. 15, 1987 101 STAT. 805 (A) the Secretary may convey such tract to a trustee acting on behalf of more than one claimant for purposes of conforming the legal description to such plat; and (B) such trustee shall thereafter convey the appropriate in- terests to the respective claimants. ^•4, SEC. 3. TIME LIMIT FOR INITIATION OF IMPLEMENTATION. The Secretary shall initiate action to implement this Act within 120 days of the date of the enactment of this Act. Approved October 15, 1987. £.Sr/i IriSY' i8tf,r,«i: -miiorO bfev:;tt|qA LEGISLATIVE HISTORY—H.R. 242: HOUSE REPORTS: No. 100-15 (Comm. on Interior and Insular Affairs). SENATE REPORTS: No. 100-178 (Comm. on Energy and Natural Resources). CONGRESSIONAL RECORD, Vol. 133 (1987): Mar. 10, considered and passed House. Oct. 1, considered and passed Senate.