H.R. 5205, Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act

H.R. 5205

Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act

Date
September 15, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Monday, September 15, 2014, the House will consider H.R. 5205, the Northern Nevada Land Conservation and Economic Development Act, under suspension of the rules.  H.R. 5205 was introduced on July 25, 2014 by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV) and was referred to the House Natural Resources Committee.  The bill was marked up on July 30, 2014 and was ordered reported, as amended, by voice vote.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5205 combines seven bills addressing federal lands issues in northern Nevada.

Title I includes H.R. 433, the Pine Forest Range Recreation Enhancement Act, which was introduced on January 29, 2013 by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV).  The bill designates certain federal land located in Humboldt County, Nevada as wilderness, and as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System.  The bill directs the land to be known as the Pine Forest Range Wilderness.  H.R. 433 releases land located in other study areas from additional study for wilderness designations if they are not designated as such in H.R. 433.  The bill authorizes certain measures to control fire, insects and diseases; and authorizes certain exchanges of federal and private land in Humboldt County.

Title II includes H.R. 696, the Lyon County Economic Development and Conservation Act, which was introduced on February 14, 2013 by Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV).  H.R. 696 authorizes the federal government to convey for purchase by the City of Yerington, Nevada certain federal land.  It also designates certain federal land located in Nevada as wilderness, and as a component of the National Wilderness Preservation System.  The bill directs the land to be known as the Wovoka Wilderness.

Title III includes H.R. 1168, the Carlin Economic Self-Determination Act.  H.R. 1168 was introduced on March 14, 2013 by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV).  The bill was marked up on July 31, 2013 and was ordered reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.[1]  H.R. 1168 directs the federal government to convey to the City of Carlin, Nevada federal land within the city that is under the jurisdiction of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM).

Title IV contains H.R. 1170, the Fernley Economic Self-Determination Act, which was introduced on March 14, 2013 by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV).  The bill was marked up on July 31, 2013 and was ordered reported, as amended, by voice vote.[2]  H.R. 1170 directs the federal government to convey to the City of Fernley, Nevada federal land within the city that is under the jurisdiction of BLM or the Bureau of Reclamation.

Title V contains H.R. 1167, the Restoring Storey County Act, which was introduced on March 14, 2013 by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV).  The bill directs the federal government to convey the surface rights of certain federal lands to Storey County, Nevada.

Title VI includes the first two titles of H.R. 2455, the Nevada Native Nations Lands Act or the Elko Motocross and Tribal Conveyance Act, which was introduced on June 20, 2013 by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV).  Title VI directs the federal government to convey to Elko County, Nevada certain land managed by BLM to be used as a motocross, bicycle, off-highway vehicle, or stock car racing area, or for any other public purpose consistent with the Recreation and Public Purposes Act.  The bill directs the Secretary to hold in trust 373 acres of BLM land for the Te-moak Tribe of Western Shoshone Indians of Nevada, making the land part of the Tribe’s reservation.

Title VII includes H.R. 1169, the Naval Air Station Fallon Housing and Safety Development Act, which was introduced on March 14, 2013 by Rep. Mark Amodei (R-NV).  The bill was marked up on May 15, 2013 and was ordered reported, as amended, by unanimous consent.[3]  This language was also included in the House-passed National Defense Authorization Acts for FY 2014 and 2015.  H.R. 1169 directs the federal government to transfer to the Secretary of the Navy certain federal land in Churchill County, Nevada.

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[1] House Committee Report 113-220.
[2] House Committee Report 113-297.
[3] House Committee Report 113-111.

Cost

According to CBO estimates, implementing H.R. 5205 would cost less than $500,000.  The bill would increase offsetting receipts, which are considered reductions in direct spending, by $2 million in 2015.  The bill would not affect revenues.

Additional Information

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