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H.R. 4968 (107th): Federal-Utah State Trust Lands Consolidation Act

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10/1/2002--Passed House amended. Federal-Utah State Trust Lands Consolidation Act - (Sec. 3) Establishes that the State of Utah, the Department of the Interior, and the Department of Agriculture have agreed to exchange certain Federal lands in the State of Utah for certain Utah State lands of approximately equal value. Ratifies, confirms, and incorporates all provisions set forth in the "Agreement for Exchange of Lands 2002 Federal-Utah State Trust Lands Consolidation."(Sec. 4) Directs that all conveyances in the Agreement shall be completed within 70 days after enactment of this Act. Declares that, in the approximately 4,000 acres of Federal lands being conveyed, the United States will retain the coal estate and the right to develop such estate.Directs the Secretary of the Interior to identify Federal lands being conveyed that contain wildlife species, or habitat of wildlife species, that are listed as threatened or endangered or as candidates for either classification under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. Provides for an independent mineral assessment of certain land in the Agreement to make sure the Agreement is fair and equitable to both parties.Specifies lands that shall not be conveyed by the Secretary, and lands that the Secretary shall not accept in conveyance.(Sec. 5) Directs the Secretary and the State of Utah to make an agreement to enable Utah to consult or take other appropriate action to avoid, offset, or mitigate adverse effects to any species or habitat identified as threatened or endangered or as candidates for either classification.(Sec. 6) Directs the Federal Government to share payments pursuant to the Agreement with the State of Utah as bonus bids, rentals, and royalties are shared under the Mineral Leasing Act.(Sec. 7) Authorizes appropriations.(Sec. 8) Requires the United States and the State of Utah to each bear its own respective costs in implementing this Act.