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H.R. 2582 (115th): Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act

H.R. 2582 authorizes the state of Utah to select certain lands that are available for disposal under the Pony Express resource Management Plan to be used for the support and benefit of State institutions.

Specifically, the bill facilitates the acquisition of 520 acres of Bureau of Land Management (BLM) lands near the towns of Eagle Mountain and Saratoga Springs in Utah County, by the Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration (STILA).

Under the Utah Enabling Act of 1894, Utah has the right to select public lands for the support and benefit of state institutions, which are managed by STILA, an independent state agency.

In 1998, STILA filed an application with the BLM to select 520 acres of land for the benefit of the Utah State University land trust. BLM worked to process this application and SITLA incurred significant costs in the process, but ultimately in 2006, BLM determined that the applicable land management plan did not allow it to proceed with the selection. The basis for this decision was that, although the lands were classified in the land management plan for disposal by land exchange, they disposal did not expressly refer to state selection so the selections (as opposed to land exchanges) could not be processed. CBO does not expect BLM to make the necessary revisions to its land use plan within the next 10 years. H.R. 2582 would confirm that BLM may process the current land selection and future state selections within the immediate area without further land use planning.

Last updated Oct 3, 2017. Source: Republican Policy Committee

The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Oct 2, 2017.

(This measure has not been amended since it was reported to the House on September 12, 2017. The summary of that version is repeated here.)

Confirming State Land Grants for Education Act

(Sec. 2) This bill allows the state of Utah, subject to valid existing rights, to select certain lands under the administrative jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) of the Department of the Interior that are identified as available for disposal by land exchange in the Record of Decision for the Pony Express Resource Management Plan and Rangeland Program Summary for Utah County in fulfillment of certain land grants made to Utah upon being admitted as a state to further the purposes of the State of Utah School and Institutional Trust Lands Administration, without further land use planning action by the BLM.

The criteria listed in Decision 3 of the Lands Program of the resource management plan shall not apply to any lands selected by Utah pursuant to this bill.