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H.R. 5055 (115th): Acequia Conservation Program Eligibility Act

The text of the bill below is as of Feb 15, 2018 (Introduced).


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115th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 5055

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 15, 2018

(for himself and Ms. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Agriculture

A BILL

To amend the Food Security Act of 1985 to make acequias eligible for assistance, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Acequia Conservation Program Eligibility Act.

2.

Eligibility for acequias

(a)

Definitions

Section 1201(a) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3801(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

(28)

Acequia

The term acequia means an entity that—

(A)

is a political subdivision of a State;

(B)

is organized for the purpose of managing the operation of an irrigation ditch; and

(C)

does not have the authority to impose taxes or levies.

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(b)

Conforming amendments

(1)

Definitions

Section 1201(a)(18)(B) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3801(a)(18)(B)) is amended by inserting acequia, after Indian tribe,.

(2)

Conservation security program

Section 1238A(b)(2) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3838a(b)(2)) is amended by inserting land of an acequia, before and forested land.

(3)

Conservation stewardship program

Section 1238G(f) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3838g(f)) is amended by inserting or acequias after Indian tribes.

(4)

Administrative requirements for conservation programs

Section 1244(a) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3844(a)) is amended—

(A)

in the subsection header, by inserting and acequias after Indian tribes; and

(B)

by adding at the end of paragraph (2) the following:

(G)

Acequias.

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(5)

Agricultural conservation easement program

Subtitle H of title XII of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3865 et seq.) is amended—

(A)

in section 1265A(2)(A), by striking or an Indian tribe and inserting , or an Indian tribe or acequia,;

(B)

in section 1265C—

(i)

in subsection (b)(1)(D), by inserting and acequias after Indian tribes;

(ii)

in subsection (d)(2), by striking or Indian tribe and inserting Indian tribe, or acequia; and

(iii)

in subsection (e), by striking or Indian tribe and inserting Indian tribe, or acequia; and

(C)

in section 1265D(a)(2), by adding , other than land of an acequia before the semicolon.

(6)

Regional conservation partnership program

Section 1271A(4)(E) of the Food Security Act of 1985 (16 U.S.C. 3871a(4)) is amended by inserting , including an acequia before the period at the end.