CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
On Monday, December 1, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 3572, a bill to revise the boundaries of certain John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System units in North Carolina, as amended, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 3572 was introduced on November 21, 2013 by Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC) and was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill was marked up on July 16, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.
The suspension text of H.R. 3572 revises the boundaries of certain units within the John H. Chafee Coastal Barrier Resources System (CBRS) in North Carolina, South Carolina, Rhode Island, and Florida. The revisions remove areas that were mistakenly included in the CBRS.
In 1982, Congress enacted legislation to create the CBRS. It expanded the area eight years later. According to information provided by the House Natural Resources Committee, “The fundamental goal of this law was to discourage development along coastal barriers by prohibiting participation within the Federal Flood Insurance Program and to deny certain federal subsidies. In order to qualify for inclusion within the system, coastal land had to be undeveloped or conserved as part of a national wildlife refuge, federal or state park, a national seashore, a military installation or conservation land owned by private organizations. In each case, the legally controlling authority has been maps which historically were hand drawn by individuals who used magic markers to distinguish property lines.” Congress has previously corrected errors on the maps “by providing legislative relief to homeowners whose property was mistakenly incorporated within the [CBRS].” H.R. 3572 addresses the issue by making corrections to the maps so they follow the shoreline and exclude areas that should not have previously been placed in the CBRS.
According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 3572 would not significantly impact the federal budget.
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