H.R. 129: To authorize the conveyance of certain National Forest System lands in the Los Padres National Forest in California

H.R. 129

To authorize the conveyance of certain National Forest System lands in the Los Padres National Forest in California

Date
July 13, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

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.

Bill Summary

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.

Background

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

Cost

According to CBO H.R. 129 would have "no significant impact on the federal budget."