H.R. 4527, To remove a use restriction on land formerly a part of Acadia National Park that was transferred to the town of Tremont, Maine

H.R. 4527

To remove a use restriction on land formerly a part of Acadia National Park that was transferred to the town of Tremont, Maine

Sponsor
Rep. Michael H. Michaud

Date
September 8, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 8, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 4527, a bill to remove a use restriction on land formerly a part of Acadia National Park that was transferred to the town of Tremont, Maine, under suspension of the rules. H.R. 4527 was introduced on April 30, 2014 by Rep. Mike Michaud (D-ME) and was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee. The bill was marked up on June 19, 2014 and was ordered reported by unanimous consent.[1]

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[1] House Committee Report 113-535.

Bill Summary

H.R. 4527 removes a use restriction on land previously part of Acadia National Park that was transferred to the town of Tremont, Maine. Specifically, the bill provides that the land is no longer required to be used exclusively and perpetually for school purposes and that when such use is discontinued, the land is no longer required to revert back to the United States.

Background

“[Federal law] enacted in 1950 permitted the National Park Service to convey property, formerly part of Acadia National Park, to the town of Tremont, Maine, to build a new school. In 1951, the Secretary of the Interior completed the conveyance of approximately 8.45 acres with a clause specifying the land would revert back to the [U.S.] if it was not used exclusively for school purposes. The town is now consolidating schools with a nearby town and the property will no longer be used for the originally intended purpose. Tremont would like to retain ownership and continue to use the developed property in the best interest of the community.”[2]

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[2] Id. at 1.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 4527 would not affect direct spending or revenues.

Additional Information

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