|Sponsor||Rep. Gallegly, Elton|
|Date||July 13, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)|
|Staff Contact||Andy Koenig|
H.R. 129 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage on Monday, July 13, 2009. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Gallegly (R-CA) on January 6, 2009. The bill was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which held a mark-up and reported the bill on July 10, 2009.
H.R. 129 would direct the Secretary of the Agriculture to sell approximately 5 acres of land in Santa Barbara County, California, to the White Lotus Foundation. Under the bill, the White Lotus Foundation would be required to pay for all costs associated with the conveyance, including the cost of a survey to determine the area and an appraisal. All proceeds from the transfer would be used for expenditure in the Los Padres National Forest.
According to House Report 111-197, the White Lotus Foundation operates a yoga studio that encroaches on approximately five acres of land in the Los Padres National Forest in California. Apparently, the White Lotus Foundation was not aware of the encroachment when it purchased the property. The land in question is separated from the Los Padres National Forest by a road. H.R. 129 would authorize the Forest Service (FS) to sell the land to the White Lotus Foundation
According to CBO H.R. 129 would have "no significant impact on the federal budget."