H. R. 3127
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 21, 2015
Mr. Abraham (for himself, Mr. Scalise, Mr. Fleming, Mr. Graves of Louisiana, Mr. Boustany, and Mr. Richmond) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture
To provide for the conveyance of certain National Forest System land within Kisatchie National Forest in the State of Louisiana.
This Act may be cited as the
Kisatchie National Forest Land Conveyance Act.
Congress finds that it is in the public interest to authorize the conveyance of certain Federal land in the Kisatchie National Forest in the State of Louisiana for market value consideration.
In this Act:
Collins camp properties
Collins Camp Properties means Collins Camp Properties, Inc., a corporation incorporated under the laws of the State.
Secretary means the Secretary of Agriculture.
State means the State of Louisiana.
Authorization of conveyances, Kisatchie National Forest, Louisiana
Subject to valid existing rights and subsection (b), the Secretary may convey the Federal land described in paragraph (2) by quitclaim deed at public or private sale, including competitive sale by auction, bid, or other methods.
Description of land
The Federal land referred to in paragraph (1) consists of—
all Federal land within sec. 9, T. 10 N., R. 5 W., Winn Parish, Louisiana; and
a 2.16-acre parcel of Federal land located in the SW¼ of sec. 4, T. 10 N., R. 5 W., Winn Parish, Louisiana, as depicted on a certificate of survey dated March 7, 2007, by Glen L. Cannon, P.L.S. 4436.
First right of purchase
Subject to valid existing rights and section 6, during the 1-year period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act, on the provision of consideration by the Collins Camp Properties to the Secretary, the Secretary shall convey, by quitclaim deed, to Collins Camp Properties all right, title and interest of the United States in and to—
not more than 47.92 acres of Federal land comprising the Collins Campsites within sec. 9, T. 10 N., R. 5 W., in Winn Parish, Louisiana, as generally depicted on a certificate of survey dated February 28, 2007, by Glen L. Cannon, P.L.S. 4436; and
the parcel of Federal land described in subsection (a)(2)(B).
Terms and conditions
The Secretary may—
configure the Federal land to be conveyed under this Act—
to maximize the marketability of the conveyance; or
to achieve management objectives; and
establish any terms and conditions for the conveyances under this Act that the Secretary determines to be in the public interest.
Consideration for a conveyance of Federal land under this Act shall be—
in the form of cash; and
in an amount equal to the market value of the Federal land being conveyed, as determined under subsection (e).
The market value of the Federal land conveyed under this Act shall be determined—
in the case of Federal land conveyed under subsection (b), by an appraisal that is—
conducted in accordance with the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions; and
approved by the Secretary; or
if conveyed by a method other than the methods described in subsection (b), by competitive sale.
In any conveyance of Federal land under this Act, the Secretary shall meet disclosure requirements for hazardous substances, but shall otherwise not be required to remediate or abate the substances.
Nothing in this section otherwise affects the application of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act of 1980 (42 U.S.C. 9601 et seq.) to the conveyances of Federal land.
Proceeds from the sale of land
Deposit of receipts
The Secretary shall deposit the proceeds of a conveyance of Federal land under section 4 in the fund established under Public Law 90–171 (commonly known as the
Sisk Act) (16 U.S.C. 484a).
Use of funds
Amounts deposited under subsection (a) shall be available to the Secretary until expended, without further appropriation, for the acquisition of land and interests in land in the Kisatchie National Forest in the State.
As a condition of a conveyance of Federal land to Collins Camp Properties under section 4, the Secretary shall require Collins Camp Properties to pay at closing—
reasonable appraisal costs; and
the cost of any administrative and environmental analyses required by law (including regulations).
An offer by Collins Camp Properties for the acquisition of the Federal land under section 4 shall be accompanied by a written statement from each holder of a Forest Service special use authorization with respect to the Federal land that specifies that the holder agrees to relinquish the special use authorization on the conveyance of the Federal land to Collins Camp Properties.
Special use authorizations
If any holder of a special use authorization described in paragraph (1) fails to provide a written authorization in accordance with that paragraph, the Secretary shall require, as a condition of the conveyance, that Collins Camp Properties administer the special use authorization according to the terms of the special use authorization until the date on which the special use authorization expires.