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H.R. 3905 (115th): Minnesota’s Economic Rights in the Superior National Forest Act

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Source: Republican Policy Committee

H.R. 3905 would require Congressional approval for mineral withdrawal and monument designation in National Forest System lands in the Minnesota. The bill would also allow for the renewal of mineral leases in the area and would ensure that future leases remain valid and renewed, consistent with current law. Finally, the bill excludes the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness from these provisions and requires environmental review of any leases issued under the bill.

In January of 2017 the Obama Administration proposed a federal mineral withdrawal of National Forest System lands in the Superior National Forest. The proposal would place 425,000 acre area off limits to development for up to two years while the withdrawal is considered. This land includes 95,000 acres of state school trust fund lands. The Minnesota Constitution mandates …

Sponsor and status

Tom Emmer

Sponsor. Representative for Minnesota's 6th congressional district. Republican.

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Last Updated: Dec 1, 2017
Length: 5 pages
Oct 2, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on November 30, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.

Although this bill was not enacted, its provisions could have become law by being included in another bill. It is common for legislative text to be introduced concurrently in multiple bills (called companion bills), re-introduced in subsequent sessions of Congress in new bills, or added to larger bills (sometimes called omnibus bills).


3 Cosponsors (2 Republicans, 1 Democrat)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

Trump: 'I will be CANCELLING the Superior National Forest Mineral Withdrawal'
    — Rep. Tom Emmer [R-MN6] (Sponsor) on Jun 21, 2018

Lewis supports Minnesota mining
    — Rep. Jason Lewis [R-MN2, 2017-2018] (Co-sponsor) on Nov 30, 2017

McGovern: GOP Bill is Giveaway to Trumps Polluting Friends
    — Rep. James “Jim” McGovern [D-MA2] on Nov 29, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates new spending due to H.R. 3905 will be negligible.


Oct 2, 2017

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Nov 7, 2017
Considered by House Committee on Natural Resources

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Nov 8, 2017
Ordered Reported

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Nov 21, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Natural Resources

A committee issued a report on the bill, which often provides helpful explanatory background on the issue addressed by the bill and the bill's intentions.

Nov 30, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

The bill was passed in a vote in the House. It goes to the Senate next.

H.R. 3905 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 3905. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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