IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 17, 2011
Mr. Lee (for himself and Mr. McCain) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To direct the Secretary of the Interior to sell certain Federal lands in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Wyoming, previously identified as suitable for disposal, and for other purposes.
Sale of certain Federal lands previously identified as suitable for disposal
This Act may be cited
Disposal of Excess Federal
Lands Act of 2011.
Competitive sale of lands
The Secretary shall offer the identified Federal lands for disposal by competitive sale for not less than fair market value as determined by an independent appraiser.
The sale of identified Federal lands under this section shall be subject to valid existing rights.
Proceeds of sale of lands
All net proceeds from the sale of identified Federal lands under this section shall be deposited directly into the Treasury for reduction of the public debt.
Not later than 4 years after the date of the enactment of 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 list of any identified Federal lands that have not been sold under subsection (b) and the reasons such lands were not sold; and
an update of the report submitted to Congress by the Secretary on May 27, 1997, pursuant to section 390(g) of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (Public Law 104–127; 110 Stat. 1024), including a current inventory of the Federal lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary that are suitable for disposal.
In this section:
Identified Federal lands
The term identified Federal lands means the parcels of Federal land under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary that were identified as suitable for disposal in the report submitted to Congress by the Secretary on May 27, 1997, pursuant to section 390(g) of the Federal Agriculture Improvement and Reform Act of 1996 (Public Law 104–127; 110 Stat. 1024), except the following:
Lands not identified for disposal in the applicable land use plan.
Lands subject to a Recreation and Public Purpose conveyance application.
Lands identified for State selection.
Lands identified for Indian tribe allotments.
Lands identified for local government use.
Lands that the Secretary chooses to dispose under the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (43 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.).
Lands that are segregated for exchange or under agreements for exchange.
Lands subject to exchange as authorized or directed by Congress.
Lands that the Secretary determines contain significant impediments for disposal including—
high disposal costs;
the presence of significant natural or cultural resources;
land survey problems or title conflicts;
habitat for threatened or endangered species; and
mineral leases and mining claims.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.