H.R. 3366, Hermiston Reversionary Interest Release Act

H.R. 3366

Hermiston Reversionary Interest Release Act

Date
May 28, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Wednesday, May 28, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 3366, the Hermiston Reversionary Interest Release Act, as amended, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 3366 was introduced on October 29, 2013 by Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) and was referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.  The bill was marked up on March 13, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.[1]

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[1] Committee Report 113-402.

Bill Summary

H.R. 3366 releases any interest retained by the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) in 290 acres of land in Hermiston, Oregon that were conveyed to the State of Oregon for the establishment of the Hermiston Agricultural Research and Extension Center (HAREC) at Oregon State University (OSU).  The bill also requires that the Secretary, within 180 days of receiving a request from the State of Oregon, convey a six acre parcel of land adjacent to the HAREC.

Background

In 1954, the federal government conveyed 290 acres located in Hermiston, Oregon to the State of Oregon for the creation of the HAREC at OSU.[1]  The land was conveyed under the condition that interest in the lands would revert to the BLM if the land was not used specifically for agricultural research purposes.  As the city of Hermiston has grown around the HAREC, the interest retained by BLM prevents OSU from having the control and flexibility needed to manage the property effectively and develop new agricultural research programs.[2]  Lifting the reversionary interest will benefit the local economy and create jobs, while allowing the HAREC and OSU to further their own research goals.  Moreover, H.R. 3366 conveys six acres of land, which is of no use to the BLM and will be a challenge to manage when the reversionary interest Is removed from the 290 acres being used for the HAREC.[3]

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[1] Id. at 2.
[2] Id.
[3] Id.

Cost

According to the CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 3366 would have no significant effect on the federal budget, and would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.