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S. 2297: Custer County Airport Conveyance Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 11, 2018 (Introduced).


II

115th CONGRESS

2d Session

S. 2297

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 11, 2018

(for himself and Mr. Rounds) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

To direct the Secretary of Agriculture to transfer certain National Forest System land to Custer County, South Dakota.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Custer County Airport Conveyance Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

County

The term County means Custer County, South Dakota.

(2)

Federal land

The term Federal land means all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to approximately 65.7 acres of National Forest System land, as generally depicted on the map.

(3)

Map

The term map means the map entitled Custer County Airport Conveyance and dated October 19, 2017.

(4)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service.

3.

Land conveyance

(a)

In general

Subject to the terms and conditions described in subsection (b), if the County submits to the Secretary an offer to acquire the Federal land for the market value, as determined by the appraisal under subsection (c), the Secretary shall convey the Federal land to the County.

(b)

Terms and conditions

The conveyance under subsection (a) shall be—

(1)

subject to valid existing rights;

(2)

made by quitclaim deed; and

(3)

subject to any other terms and conditions as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.

(c)

Appraisal

(1)

In general

Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall complete an appraisal to determine the market value of the Federal land.

(2)

Standards

The appraisal under paragraph (1) shall be conducted in accordance with—

(A)

the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions; and

(B)

the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice.

(d)

Map

(1)

Availability of map

The map shall be kept on file and available for public inspection in the appropriate office of the Forest Service.

(2)

Correction of errors

The Secretary may correct any errors in the map.

(e)

Consideration

As consideration for the conveyance under subsection (a), the County shall pay to the Secretary an amount equal to the market value of the Federal land, as determined by the appraisal under subsection (c).

(f)

Survey

The exact acreage and legal description of the Federal land to be conveyed under subsection (a) shall be determined by a survey satisfactory to the Secretary.

(g)

Environmental compliance

The Secretary may determine whether compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) or any other environmental law is applicable in carrying out the conveyance under subsection (a).

(h)

Costs of conveyance

As a condition on the conveyance under subsection (a), the County shall pay to the Secretary all costs associated with the conveyance, including the cost of—

(1)

the appraisal under subsection (c); and

(2)

the survey under subsection (f).

(i)

Use of proceeds

Any proceeds received by the Secretary as a consideration for the conveyance under subsection (a) shall remain available to the Secretary until expended, without further appropriation, for the maintenance and improvement of land or administration facilities in the State of South Dakota.