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S. 609 (113th): San Juan County Federal Land Conveyance Act

The text of the bill below is as of Mar 19, 2013 (Introduced).



1st Session

S. 609


March 19, 2013

(for himself andMr. Heinrich) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to theCommittee on Energy and Natural Resources


To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to convey certain Federal land in San Juan County, New Mexico, and for other purposes.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the San Juan County Federal Land Conveyance Act .



In this Act:


Federal land

The termFederal landmeans the approximately 19 acres of Federal land generally depicted asLands Authorized for Conveyanceon the map.



The termlandownermeans the plaintiffs in the case styled Blancett v. United States Department of the Interior, et al., No. 10–cv–00254–JAP–KBM, United States District Court for the District of New Mexico.



The termmapmeans the map entitledSan Juan County Land Conveyanceand dated June 20, 2012.



The termSecretarymeans the Secretary of the Interior.



The termStatemeans the State of New Mexico.


Conveyance of certain Federal land in San Juan County, New Mexico


In general

On request of the landowner, theSecretaryshall, under such terms and conditions as theSecretarymay prescribe, convey to the landowner all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to any portion of the Federal land (including any improvements or appurtenances to the Federal land) by sale.


Survey; administrative costs



The exact acreage and legal description of the Federal land to be conveyed undersubsection (a)shall be determined by a survey approved by the Secretary.



The administrative costs associated with the conveyance shall be paid by the landowner.




In general

As consideration for the conveyance of the Federal land undersubsection (a), the landowner shall pay to theSecretaryan amount equal to the fair market value of the Federal land conveyed, as determined underparagraph (2).



The fair market value of any Federal land that is conveyed undersubsection (a)shall be determined by an appraisal acceptable to theSecretarythat is performed in accordance with—


the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions;


the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice; and


any other applicable law (including regulations).


Disposition and use of proceeds


Disposition of proceeds

TheSecretaryshall deposit the proceeds of any conveyance of Federal land undersubsection (a)in a special account in the Treasury for use in accordance withparagraph (2).


Use of proceeds

Amounts deposited underparagraph (1)shall be available to theSecretary, without further appropriation and until expended, for the acquisition of land or interests in land from willing sellers in the State for resource protection that is consistent with the purposes for which the Bald Eagle Area of Critical Environmental Concern in the State was established.


Additional terms and conditions

TheSecretarymay require such additional terms and conditions for a conveyance undersubsection (a)as theSecretarydetermines to be appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.