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H.R. 4028: RPPA Commercial Recreation Concessions Pilot Program Act of 2019


The text of the bill below is as of Jul 25, 2019 (Introduced).


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116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 4028

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 25, 2019

(for himself, Mr. Harris, Mr. DesJarlais, Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Mr. Norman, and Mr. Biggs) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources

A BILL

To require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a pilot program for commercial recreation concessions on certain land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the RPPA Commercial Recreation Concessions Pilot Program Act of 2019.

2.

Commercial recreation concessions pilot program

The Act of June 14, 1926 (commonly known as the Recreation and Public Purposes Act) (43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.), is amended by adding at the end the following:

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Commercial recreation concessions pilot program

(a)

In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act (including regulations), not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall establish a pilot program to authorize commercial recreation concessions on land patented or leased under this Act.

(b)

Concessions agreements

(1)

In general

In carrying out the pilot program established under subsection (a), the Secretary shall enter into not more than 10 agreements with parties to whom the land described in subsection (a) has been patented or leased for the establishment of commercial recreation concessions on the land covered by the agreement.

(2)

Term

(A)

In general

An agreement entered into under paragraph (1) shall be for a period that is consistent with the period of time required to amortize the capital investment made under the agreement but in any case not longer than 20 years.

(B)

Extension

On a finding of satisfactory performance, the Secretary may extend the term of an agreement for 1 additional period equal in length to the initial term.

(3)

Third-Party agreements

(A)

In general

A party to an agreement entered into under paragraph (1) may enter into agreements with third parties for the establishment of commercial recreation concessions pursuant to the agreement entered into under paragraph (1).

(B)

Term

An agreement entered into under subparagraph (A) shall not be for a period that is longer than the term of the agreement entered into under paragraph (1).

(c)

Use of funds

A party to an agreement entered into under subsection (b)(1) shall not be required to use revenue collected pursuant to the commercial recreation concessions on the land covered by the agreement.

(d)

Authorized activities

For the term of an agreement entered into under subsection (b)(1), with respect to land covered by the agreement, any activity defined as permissible under parts 2920 and 2930 of title 43, Code of Federal Regulations, shall be permissible.

(e)

Effect

The establishment of commercial recreation concessions under subsection (b) shall not be considered to be a change in use for purposes of this Act.

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