H.R. 2009, to provide for the conveyance of certain land inholdings owned by the United States to the Tucson Unified School District and to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, as amended

H.R. 2009

to provide for the conveyance of certain land inholdings owned by the United States to the Tucson Unified School District and to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, as amended

Sponsor
Rep. Raul M. Grijalva

Date
June 7, 2016 (114th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Molly Newell

Floor Situation

On Tuesday, June 7, 2016, the House will consider H.R. 2009, to provide for the conveyance of certain land inholdings owned by the United States to the Tucson Unified School District and to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, as amended, under suspension of the rules. The bill was introduced on July 15, 2015, by Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ) and was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources which ordered the bill reported in the Nature of a Substitute by Unanimous Consent on March 16, 2016.

 

Bill Summary

H.R. 2009 would direct the Secretary of the Interior to take into trust 39.65 acres of Tucson Unified School District No. 1 land for the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona. H.R. 2009 also directs the Secretary to transfer, subject to payment of fair market value by the District, 13.24 acres of federal land to the District. If the District submits an offer to acquire the Federal reversionary interest of the 27.5 acres of land conveyed to the District under the Recreation and Public Purposes Act and pays fair market value, the Secretary shall convey this interest. Additionally, this legislation prohibits gaming from being conducted on the lands taken into trust and states that any water rights that belong to the land taken into the trust may not be forfeited or abandoned.

 

Background

The Pascua Yaqui Reservation is located in southern Arizona, 15 miles southwest of Tucson. The Reservation was formally established in 1978 as President Carter signed into law a bill which set forth that the members of the Pascua Yaqui Association were federally recognized as the Pascua Yaqui Tribe (Public Law 95–375).

The Tribe is interested in acquiring 40 acres of Tucson Unified School District No. 1 land for flood control development. These lands were patented to the District in 1981 pursuant to the Recreation and Public Purposes Act of 1926 (RPPA, 43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.) and were only intended for a school site. A change in land use patented under the RPPA requires an Act of Congress.[1]

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[1] See H.Rept. 114-550.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that enacting H.R. 2009 would have no significant effect on the federal budget. Based on information from the Department of the Interior (DOI), CBO estimates that any administrative costs incurred under the bill would not exceed $500,000 in any year. According to DOI, the affected lands currently generate no significant receipts and are not expected to do so over the next 10 years. Based on information from the Pima County Assessor’s Office about the estimated market value of lands and interests that would be conveyed to the school district under the bill, CBO estimates that any proceeds to the federal government would total less than $500,000. Any such amounts would be recorded as offsetting; therefore, pay-as-you-go procedures apply. Enacting H.R. 2009 would not affect revenues and would not increase net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2027.

Additional Information

For questions about amendments or further information on the bill, contact Molly Newell with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 2-1374.