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H.R. 4018 (110th): Mesquite Lands Act of 2007

The text of the bill below is as of Oct 31, 2007 (Introduced).


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110th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4018

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

October 31, 2007

(for himself and Mr. Heller of Nevada) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To authorize the conveyance of certain parcels of public land in Clark County, Nevada, to the City of Mesquite, Nevada, and the Virgin Valley Water District, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Mesquite Lands Act of 2007.

2.

Conveyance of land to city of Mesquite, Nevada

(a)

Additional purchase authority

Section 3 of Public Law 99–548, as amended by Public Law 104–208 (110 Stat. 3009–202) and Public Law 106–113 (113 Stat. 1501A–166), is further amended by adding at the end the following new subsection:

(g)

Seventh area

(1)

Right to purchase

For a period of 12 years beginning on the date of the enactment of the Mesquite Lands Act of 2007, the city of Mesquite, Nevada, shall have the exclusive right to purchase the parcels of public land identified on the map prepared by the Bureau of Land Management, entitled Conveyance of Lands to the City of Mesquite, Nevada, and dated September 14, 2007. The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management.

(2)

Notification

Not later than 10 years after the date of enactment of the Mesquite Lands Act of 2007, the city shall notify the Secretary of the Interior which of the parcels identified on the map referred to in paragraph (1) the city intends to purchase.

(3)

Conveyance

Not later than 1 year after receiving notification from the city under paragraph (2), the Secretary shall convey to the city the land selected for purchase.

(4)

Withdrawal

Subject to valid existing rights, during the period specified in paragraph (1), the parcels of public land described in paragraph (2) are withdrawn from all forms of public entry and appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining laws, and from operation of the mineral leasing and geothermal leasing laws.

(5)

Use of proceeds

Amounts received from the sale of public land under this subsection shall be available for use by the Secretary in the State of Nevada, without further appropriation and until expended, for the implementation of the Virgin River Multispecies Habitat Conservation Plan, including any associated groundwater monitoring plans, developed pursuant to section 4(e)(3)(A)(iii) of the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act of 1998 (Public Law 105–263; 112 Stat. 2346).

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(b)

Extension of purchase authority and withdrawals, fifth and sixth areas

Subsections (e) and (f) of section 3 of Public Law 99–548, as added by section 133 of appendix C of Public Law 106–113 (113 Stat. 1501A–166), are amended—

(1)

in subsection (e)—

(A)

in paragraph (1)(A), by striking For a period of 12 years after the date of the enactment of this Act, and inserting Until November 29, 2015,;

(B)

in paragraph (3), by striking Not later than 10 years after the date of the enactment of this subsection, and inserting Not later than November 29, 2014,; and

(C)

in paragraph (5), by striking the date that is 12 years after the date of the enactment of this subsection, and inserting the date specified in paragraph (1)(A),; and

(2)

in subsection (f)(3), by striking until the date that is 12 years after the date of the enactment of this subsection, and inserting until November 29, 2015,.

(c)

Clarification of implementation authority for multispecies habitat conservation plan

Paragraph (6)(B)(ii) of subsection (e) of section 3 of Public Law 99–548, as added by section 133 of appendix C of Public Law 106–113 (113 Stat. 1501A–166), is amended by inserting before the period at the end the following: , including implementation of the Virgin River Multispecies Habitat Conservation Plan, including any associated groundwater monitoring plans, developed pursuant to subparagraph (A)(iii) of such section.

3.

Land conveyance, Virgin Valley Water District, Clark County, Nevada

(a)

Conveyance

Notwithstanding the Federal Land Policy Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1701 et seq.), the Secretary of the Interior shall convey to the Virgin Valley Water District, without consideration, all right, title and interest of the United States in and to approximately 300 acres of public land in Clark County, Nevada, identified on the map prepared by the Bureau of Land Management, entitled Conveyance of Lands to the Virgin Valley Water District, and dated _____, 2007. The map shall be on file and available for public inspection in appropriate offices of the Bureau of Land Management.

(b)

Existing rights

The conveyance under subsection (a) shall be subject to valid existing rights.

(c)

Costs

The District shall pay to the United States an amount equal to the costs of the Secretary associated with the conveyance under subsection (a).

(d)

Subsequent sale

If the District sells any portion of the land conveyed to the District under subsection (a)—

(1)

the amount of consideration for the sale shall reflect fair market value, as determined by an appraisal; and

(2)

the District shall pay to the Secretary an amount equal to the net proceeds of the sale.

(e)

Use of proceeds

Amounts received by the Secretary under subsection (d)(2) shall be available for use by the Secretary in the State of Nevada, without further appropriation and until expended.