H. R. 2167
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
April 26, 2017
Mr. Griffith (for himself, Mr. LaMalfa, and Mr. Gosar) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned
To provide for no net increase in the total acreage of certain Federal land under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management, the National Park Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, or the Forest Service, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Acre In, Acre Out Act.
No net increase in certain Federal lands
For acquisition of land by the Secretary of the Interior or the Secretary of Agriculture that would result in a net increase of total land acreage under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, or the Forest Service, the Secretary concerned shall offer for sale an equal number of acres of Federal land that is under the same jurisdictional status.
Subsection (a) shall not apply to easements acquired—
by the Secretary of the Interior to facilitate management of Federal lands; or
by the Secretary of Agriculture to facilitate management of Federal lands.
Land sold pursuant to subsection (a) shall be offered for sale—
at fair market value (based on local comparable sales); and
at a price that is reduced by 10 percent each month if the land is not sold or under contract to be sold by the date that is 6 months after the land was first offered for sale.
Time periods during which land is under contract for sale or withdrawn from the market shall not be counted for the purposes of price reduction under paragraph (1)(B).
The sale of Federal lands pursuant to this section shall be subject to valid existing rights.
Proceeds of sale of lands
All net proceeds from the sale of Federal lands pursuant to this section shall be deposited directly into the Treasury for reduction of the public debt.