IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES
March 12, 2020
Ms. Cortez Masto (for herself and Ms. Rosen) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
To transfer administrative jurisdiction over certain Bureau of Land Management land from the Secretary of the Interior to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for use as a national cemetery, and for other purposes.
This Act may be cited as the
Elko National Cemetery Act.
In this Act:
Federal land means the approximately 15 acres of Bureau of Land Management land in Elko, Nevada, that is more particularly described as NE1/4 SW1/4 NW1/4, N1/2SE1/4SW1/4NW1/4, sec. 8, T. 34 N., R. 55 E., of the Mount Diablo Meridian, as depicted on the map prepared by the Bureau of Land Management, entitled
Proposed National Cemetery-Elko Nevada, and dated September 9, 2015.
Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior.
Transfer and withdrawal of Bureau of Land Management land for use as a national cemetery
Transfer of administrative jurisdiction
Subject to valid existing rights, administrative jurisdiction over the Federal land is transferred from the Secretary to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs for use as a national cemetery in accordance with chapter 24 of title 38, United States Code.
As soon as practicable after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall publish in the Federal Register a notice containing a legal description of the Federal land.
A legal description published under subparagraph (A) shall have the same force and effect as if included in this Act, except that the Secretary may correct any clerical and typographical errors in the legal description.
Copies of the legal description published under subparagraph (A) shall be available for public inspection in the appropriate offices of—
the Bureau of Land Management; and
the National Cemetery Administration.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall reimburse the Secretary for the costs incurred by the Secretary in carrying out this paragraph, including the costs of any surveys and other reasonable costs.
Subject to valid existing rights, for any period during which the Federal land is under the administrative jurisdiction of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Federal land—
is withdrawn from all forms of appropriation under the public land laws, including the mining laws, the mineral leasing laws, and the geothermal leasing laws; and
shall be treated as property (as defined in section 102 of title 40, United States Code).