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H.R. 1067: Standard FEES Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 15, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 1067

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 15, 2021

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and in addition to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned

A BILL

To streamline the process for consideration of applications for the placement of communications facilities on certain buildings and other property owned by the Federal Government, and for other purposes.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Standard Fees to Expedite Evaluation and Streamlining Act or the Standard FEES Act.

2.

Establishment of common Federal fee schedule

(a)

In general

Section 6409 of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (47 U.S.C. 1455) is amended—

(1)

by redesignating subsection (d) as subsection (e); and

(2)

by inserting after subsection (c) the following:

(d)

Common fee schedule

(1)

In general

Notwithstanding any other provision of law, the Administrator of General Services shall establish a common fee schedule for the processing of applications under subsections (b)(1) and (c).

(2)

Fee guidelines

The application fees established under paragraph (1) shall be—

(A)

based on direct and actual cost recovery; and

(B)

competitively neutral with regard to other users of the building or other property owned by the Federal Government.

(3)

Exceptions

The Administrator of General Services may establish competitively neutral exceptions to the fee amounts established under paragraph (1)—

(A)

in consideration of the public benefit provided by a grant of an easement, right-of-way, or lease; and

(B)

in the interest of expanding wireless and broadband coverage.

(4)

Use of fees collected

Any fee collected by an executive agency under this section shall only be available to the extent, and in such amounts, as are provided in advance in appropriation Acts, to the agency to cover the costs of granting the easement, right-of-way, or lease.

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(b)

Deadline

The Administrator of General Services shall establish the fee schedule required under section 6409(d) of the Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 (47 U.S.C. 1455(d)), as added by subsection (a), not later than 30 days after the date of enactment of this Act.