H.R. 1484

Honor the Nevada Enabling Act of 1864 Act

 

H.R. 1484 was introduced to the House on March 19th, 2015 and is currently the only legislation in the U.S. Congress that is attempting to address public land issues in the West.

 Read the Bill as amended

Bill Highlights:

  • Transfer of ownership/management to be conducted in phases
  • PHASE I
    • Will include no less than 7.2 million acres
    • Will not include any of the following
      • Designated Wilderness Areas
      • National Conservation Areas
      • National Monuments
      • Wildlife Refuges
      • Department of Defense Land
      • Department of Energy Land
      • Native American Lands
      • Bureau of Indian Affairs Trust Lands
    • Will allow the sale of the following land to finance the establishment of state land management divisions:
      • Lands currently identified (by federal agencies) as suitable for disposal in land use plans
      • Checkerboard lands running along the I-80 corridor
  • PHASE II
    • Will include the subsequent transfer of all other non-exempt lands managed by the Bureau of Land Management and United States Forest Service
    • These lands shall NOT BE SOLD by the State; and shall be managed for multiple uses, ongoing net-revenue generation, and environmental health, function, productivity and sustainability

House Summary:

Directs the Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Department of the Interior to convey, in phases and without consideration, to the state of Nevada all interest of the United States in federal lands owned, managed, or controlled by the federal government through the USDA or Interior for the purpose of permitting the state to use them to support select beneficiaries. Specifies exceptions, including components of the National Wilderness Preservation System, National Park System, and National Wildlife System, and federally recognized Indian reservations and lands.

Defines "select beneficiaries" as

  • public elementary and secondary education;
  • public higher education;
  • public specialized education;
  • public mental and medical health services;
  • social, senior, and veterans services;
  • public programs for recovery plan development and implementation for candidate and threatened or endangered species; and
  • political subdivisions of the state, but only with respect to payment for services and infrastructure on conveyed identified federal lands that would otherwise be financed through property taxes or other revenues available to a political subdivision of the state.

 Follow the progress of H.R. 1484 at Congress.gov

 You can read the original Bill text HERE

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  • Lennora Martin
    commented 2017-02-13 16:04:06 -0800
    Just say no to HR1484 – Keep Nevada Public Lands free to Public Use!

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