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Text of the An Act to allow the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a fee system for ...

...fee system for commercial filming activities on Federal land, and for other purposes.

This bill was enacted after being signed by the President on May 26, 2000. The text of the bill below is as of May 24, 2000 (Passed Congress/Enrolled Bill).

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H.R.154

One Hundred Sixth Congress

of the

United States of America

AT THE SECOND SESSION

Begun and held at the City of Washington on Monday,

the twenty-fourth day of January, two thousand

An Act

To allow the Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture to establish a fee system for commercial filming activities on Federal land, 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. COMMERCIAL FILMING.

    (a) COMMERCIAL FILMING FEE- The Secretary of the Interior and the Secretary of Agriculture (hereafter individually referred to as the ‘Secretary’ with respect to lands under their respective jurisdiction) shall require a permit and shall establish a reasonable fee for commercial filming activities or similar projects on Federal lands administered by the Secretary. Such fee shall provide a fair return to the United States and shall be based upon the following criteria:

      (1) The number of days the filming activity or similar project takes place on Federal land under the Secretary’s jurisdiction.

      (2) The size of the film crew present on Federal land under the Secretary’s jurisdiction.

      (3) The amount and type of equipment present.

    The Secretary may include other factors in determining an appropriate fee as the Secretary deems necessary.

    (b) RECOVERY OF COSTS- The Secretary shall also collect any costs incurred as a result of filming activities or similar project, including but not limited to administrative and personnel costs. All costs recovered shall be in addition to the fee assessed in subsection (a).

    (c) STILL PHOTOGRAPHY- (1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), the Secretary shall not require a permit nor assess a fee for still photography on lands administered by the Secretary if such photography takes place where members of the public are generally allowed. The Secretary may require a permit, fee, or both, if such photography takes place at other locations where members of the public are generally not allowed, or where additional administrative costs are likely.

    (2) The Secretary shall require and shall establish a reasonable fee for still photography that uses models or props which are not a part of the site’s natural or cultural resources or administrative facilities.

    (d) PROTECTION OF RESOURCES- The Secretary shall not permit any filming, still photography or other related activity if the Secretary determines--

      (1) there is a likelihood of resource damage;

      (2) there would be an unreasonable disruption of the public’s use and enjoyment of the site; or

      (3) that the activity poses health or safety risks to the public.

    (e) USE OF PROCEEDS- (1) All fees collected under this Act shall be available for expenditure by the Secretary, without further appropriation, in accordance with the formula and purposes established for the Recreational Fee Demonstration Program (Public Law 104-134). All fees collected shall remain available until expended.

    (2) All costs recovered under this Act shall be available for expenditure by the Secretary, without further appropriation, at the site where collected. All costs recovered shall remain available until expended.

    (f) PROCESSING OF PERMIT APPLICATIONS- The Secretary shall establish a process to ensure that permit applicants for commercial filming, still photography, or other activity are responded to in a timely manner.

Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Vice President of the United States and

President of the Senate.