CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, October 24, 2011, the House is scheduled to consider H.R. 1160 under a suspension of the rules requiring a two-thirds majority vote for approval. H.R. 1160 was introduced by Rep. Larry Kissell (D-NC) on March 17, 2011, and was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources, which reported the bill by unanimous consent on June 15, 2011.
H.R. 1160 would require the Secretary of the Interior to transfer without reimbursement property known as the “McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery,” the State of North Carolina within 180 days of enactment. The bill would require that the property conveyed to the state under this section shall be used by the State for purposes relating to fishery and wildlife resources management. If the property is used for any other purpose, ownership of the property would revert back to the U.S. government. In addition, the bill would require that upon the request of the Secretary, the state would have to allow the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to use the property for propagation of any critically important aquatic resources held in public trust to address specific restoration or recovery needs of such resource.
According to House Report 112-168, the McKinney Lake National Fish Hatchery was established in 1939 in accordance with the provisions of the National Industrial Recovery Act of 1935. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife hatchery is situated entirely on lands acquired by the State of North Carolina and donated to the Service for fish hatchery purposes. In 1996, the Service, using the authority of the Fish and Wildlife Act of 1956 and the Fish and Wildlife Coordination Act of 1958, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission allowing the Commission to operate the hatchery facilities. The hatchery is comprised of 422 acres of land, 23 production ponds covering 18 acres of water, three residences, an office/shop building, a feed storage building and two pole sheds for storage. It has two permanent and two seasonal employees at the hatchery facilities. It produces approximately 150,000 channel catfish each year and it is the primary source of this species for the more than 40 lakes that participate in North Carolina's Community Fishing Program.
According to CBO, implementing H.R. 1160 “would have no significant impact on the federal budget.”