H.R. 2288, To remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia

H.R. 2288

To remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia

Date
November 30, 2015 (114th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, November 30, 2015, the House will consider H.R. 2288, a bill to remove the use restrictions on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 2288 was introduced on May 13, 2015 by Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which ordered the bill reported, as amended, by unanimous consent, on September 10, 2015.

Bill Summary

H.R. 2288 removes use restrictions in the deed for a parcel land previously transferred by the National Park Service to Rockingham County, Virginia.

Background

In 1989, the Department of the Interior deeded a small parcel of land to Rockingham County, Virginia, for public purposes. This land includes a garage that had previously been used by the National Park Service. The County determined the non-profit Plains Area Day Care Center in Broadway, Virginia, which provides child care, would benefit from use of the garage. Public Law 101-479 allowed the deed to be changed from public use for the particular use of the child care center. However, under the terms and restrictions of the transfer, the non-profit is unable to obtain loans to make improvements and renovations to the property.[1]

H.R. 2288, as amended, would release deed restrictions on a 1-acre portion of the property already authorized by law to be used for a child care facility.  The bill also eliminates the requirement in section 2(d) of Public Law 101-479 for Rockingham County to report biennially to the Secretary of the Interior about the use of the property for a child care center, as well as other language in that section that is inconsistent with releasing the center from the deed restriction.[2]

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[1] House Report 114-286 at 1 and 2.
[2] Id. at 2.

Cost

The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates that implementing H.R. 2288 would have no effect on the federal budget. Because enacting H.R. 2288 would not affect direct spending or revenues, pay-as-you-go procedures do not apply.

Additional Information

For questions or further information please contact Jerry White with the House Republican Policy Committee by email or at 5-0190.