IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
November 2, 2017
Mr. Flake introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To require the Secretary of Agriculture to convey at market value certain National Forest System land in the State of Arizona.
This Act may be cited as the
Oracle Cabins Conveyance Act of 2017.
In this Act:
The term permittee means a person who, on the date of the enactment of this Act, holds a valid permit for use of a property.
The term permittee includes any heirs, executors, and assigns of the permittee or interest of the permittee.
The term property means—
the approximately 1.1 acres of National Forest System land in sec. 8, T. 10 S., R. 16 E., Gila and Salt River Meridian, as generally depicted on the map entitled
Coronado National Forest Land Conveyance Act of 2017, special use permit numbered SAN5005–03, and dated October 2017;
the approximately 4.5 acres of National Forest System land in sec. 8, T. 10 S., R. 16 E., Gila and Salt River Meridian, as generally depicted on the map entitled
Coronado National Forest Land Conveyance Act of 2017, special use permit numbered SAN5116–03, and dated October 2017; and
the approximately 3.9 acres of National Forest System land in NW¼, sec. 1, T. 10 S., R. 15 E., Gila and Salt River Meridian, as generally depicted on the map entitled
Coronado National Forest Land Conveyance Act of 2017, special use permit numbered SAN5039–02, and dated October 2017.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of Agriculture.
Sale of land
Subject to valid existing rights, during the period described in paragraph (2), not later than 90 days after the date on which a permittee submits a request to the Secretary, the Secretary shall—
accept tender of consideration from that permittee; and
sell and quitclaim to that permittee all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the property for which the permittee holds a permit.
The period referred to in paragraph (1) is the period beginning on the date of enactment of this Act and ending on the date of expiration of the applicable permit.
Terms and conditions
The Secretary may establish such terms and conditions on the sales of the properties under this Act as the Secretary determines to be in the public interest.
A sale of a property under this Act shall be for cash consideration equal to the market value of the property, as determined by the appraisal described in subsection (d).
The Secretary shall complete an appraisal of each property, which shall—
include the value of any appurtenant easements; and
exclude the value of any private improvements made by a permittee of the property before the date of appraisal.
An appraisal under paragraph (1) shall be conducted in accordance with—
the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions, established in accordance with the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 (42 U.S.C. 4601 et seq.); and
the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.
The Secretary shall pay—
the cost of a conveyance of a property under this Act; and
the cost of an appraisal under subsection (d).
Proceeds from the sale of land
Deposit of receipts
The consideration received by the Secretary for the sale of a property under this Act shall be deposited into a special account in the Treasury of the United States.
Use of funds
Amounts deposited under paragraph (1) shall be available to the Secretary until expended, without further appropriation, for hazardous fuel reduction projects on National Forest System land in the State of Arizona.
Maps and legal descriptions
As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall file maps and legal descriptions of each property.
Force of law
The maps and legal descriptions filed under paragraph (1) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct typographical errors in the maps and legal descriptions.
The maps and legal descriptions filed under paragraph (1) shall be on file and available for public inspection in the office of the Supervisor of the Coronado National Forest.