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H.R. 755: Black Mountain Range and Bullhead City Land Exchange Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 24, 2019 (Introduced).


I

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 755

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

January 24, 2019

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

A BILL

To authorize, direct, expedite, and facilitate a land exchange in Bullhead City, Arizona, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Black Mountain Range and Bullhead City Land Exchange Act of 2019.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

City

The term City means Bullhead City, Arizona.

(2)

Federal land

The term Federal land means the approximately 345.2 acres of land in Bullhead City, Arizona, generally depicted as Federal Land to be exchanged to Bullhead City on the Map.

(3)

Map

The term Map means the map entitled Bullhead City Land Exchange and dated August 24, 2018.

(4)

Non-Federal land

The term non-Federal land means the approximately 1,100 acres of land owned by Bullhead City in the Black Mountain Range generally depicted as Bullhead City Land to be Exchanged to BLM on the Map.

(5)

Secretary

The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.

3.

Land exchange

(a)

In general

If after December 15, 2020, the City offers to convey to the Secretary all right, title, and interest of the City in and to the non-Federal land, the Secretary shall accept the offer and simultaneously convey to the City all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to the Federal land.

(b)

Land title

Title to the non-Federal land conveyed to the Secretary under this Act shall be in a form acceptable to the Secretary and shall conform to the title approval standards of the Attorney General of the United States applicable to land acquisitions by the Federal Government.

(c)

Exchange costs

The City shall pay for all land survey, appraisal, and other costs to the Secretary as may be necessary to process and consummate the exchange under this Act.

4.

Equal value exchange and appraisals

(a)

Appraisals

The values of the lands to be exchanged under this Act shall be determined by the Secretary through appraisals performed—

(1)

in accordance with—

(A)

the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions;

(B)

the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice; and

(C)

appraisal instructions issued by the Secretary; and

(2)

by an appraiser mutually agreed to by the Secretary and the City.

(b)

Equal value exchange

The values of the Federal and non-Federal land parcels exchanged shall be equal, or if they are not equal, shall be equalized as follows:

(1)

Surplus of Federal land value

If the final appraised value of the Federal land exceeds the final appraised value of the non-Federal land, the City shall reduce the amount of land it is requesting from the Federal Government in order to create an equal value in accordance with section 206(b) of the Federal Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1716(b)). Land that is not exchanged because of equalization under this paragraph shall remain subject to lease under the Act of June 14, 1926 (commonly known as the Recreation and Public Purposes Act) (44 Stat. 741, chapter 578; 43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.).

(2)

Use of funds

Any cash equalization moneys received by the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall be—

(A)

deposited in the Federal Land Disposal Account established by section 206(a) of the Federal Land Transaction Facilitation Act (43 U.S.C. 2305(a)); and

(B)

used in accordance with that Act (43 U.S.C. 2301 et seq.).

(3)

Surplus of non-Federal land value

If the final appraised value of the non-Federal land exceeds the final appraised value of the Federal land, the United States shall not make a cash equalization payment to the City, and surplus value of the non-Federal land shall be considered a donation by the City to the United States for all purposes of law.

5.

Withdrawal provisions

Lands acquired by the Secretary under this Act are, upon such acquisition, automatically and permanently withdrawn from all forms of appropriation and disposal under the public land laws (including the mining and mineral leasing laws) and the Geothermal Steam Act of 1930 (30 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.).

6.

Maps, estimates, and descriptions

(a)

Minor errors

The Secretary and the City may, by mutual agreement—

(1)

make minor boundary adjustments to the Federal and non-Federal lands involved in the exchange; and

(2)

correct any minor errors in any map, acreage estimate, or description of any land to be exchanged.

(b)

Conflict

If there is a conflict between a map, an acreage estimate, or a description of land under this Act, the map shall control unless the Secretary and the City mutually agree otherwise.

(c)

Availability

The Secretary shall file and make available for public inspection in the Arizona headquarters of the Bureau of Land Management a copy of all maps referred to in this Act.