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S. 242: Lowell Observatory Conveyance Act

The text of the bill below is as of Jan 28, 2019 (Introduced).


II

116th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 242

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

January 28, 2019

(for herself and Ms. Sinema) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

A BILL

To require the Secretary of Agriculture to release reversionary and reserved interests in certain land in the Coconino National Forest in the State of Arizona.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Lowell Observatory Conveyance Act.

2.

Definitions

In this Act:

(1)

Observatory

The term Observatory means the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona.

(2)

Secretary

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

3.

Release of reversionary and reserved interests

(a)

In general

Subject to valid existing rights, if the Observatory makes a written request to the Secretary for conveyance of the parcel of land described in subsection (b) not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall convey to the Observatory, without consideration and by quitclaim deed, all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to that parcel of land.

(b)

Land described

The parcel of land to be conveyed under subsection (a) is the National Forest System land—

(1)

conveyed by the United States to Percival Lowell and his heirs by the Act entitled An Act granting certain lands in the Coconino National Forest, in Arizona, for observatory purposes, approved May 30, 1910 (36 Stat. 452; chapter 261); and

(2)

described as sec. 17, T. 21 N., R. 7 E., of the Gila and Salt River base and meridian in Coconino County, Arizona.