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S. 485 (114th): APPROVAL Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 12, 2015 (Introduced).

Source: GPO



1st Session

S. 485


February 12, 2015

(for himself and Mr. Cotton) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


To prohibit the use of eminent domain in carrying out certain projects.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Assuring Private Property Rights Over Vast Access to Land Act or the APPROVAL Act.


Prohibition on eminent domain for certain projects

Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (42 U.S.C. 16421) is amended—


by redesignating subsections (d) through (g) as subsections (f) through (i), respectively; and


by inserting after subsection (c) the following:


Prohibition on eminent domain

Notwithstanding any other provision of law (including regulations), the Secretary, SWPA, and WAPA may not carry out any Project under this section through the use of eminent domain, unless the use of eminent domain is explicitly authorized by—


the Governor and the head of each applicable public utility commission or public service commission of the affected State; and


the head of the governing body of each Indian tribe the land of which would be affected.


Siting requirement

To the maximum extent practicable, a Project carried out under this section shall be sited on—


an existing Federal right-of-way; or


Federal land managed by—


the Bureau of Land Management;


the Forest Service;


the Bureau of Reclamation; or


the Corps of Engineers.