H.R. 5414: To provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of National Forest System land in the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina, and for other purposes

H.R. 5414

To provide for the conveyance of a small parcel of National Forest System land in the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina, and for other purposes

Date
July 29, 2010 (111th Congress, 2nd Session)

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Floor Situation

H.R. 5414 is expected to be considered on the floor of the House on Thursday, July 29, 2010, under a motion to suspend the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage.  The legislation was introduced by Rep. Henry Brown (R-SC) on May 26, 2010.

Bill Summary

H.R. 5114 would, upon receiving consideration from the First Baptist Church of Bonneau, 108 West Church Street, Bonneau, South Carolina, allow the Secretary of Agriculture to sell and quitclaim to Bonneau Baptist Church all right, title, and interest of the United States in and to a parcel of National Forest System land in the Francis Marion National Forest consisting of up to approximately 3 acres, as generally depicted on a map titled, “First Baptist Church of Bonneau Cemetery Tract” and dated May 6, 2010.  The conveyance shall be subject to valid existing rights and the other provisions including:

  • Consideration
    • CASH CONSIDERATION- As consideration for the conveyance Bonneau Baptist Church would pay to the Secretary cash consideration in an amount equal to the market value of the land.
    • MARKET VALUE- The market value of the land conveyed under would be determined by an appraisal approved by the Secretary based on appraisal instructions prescribed by the Secretary for a separate lot unconnected with a larger parcel, unencumbered by any permit or restrictive covenant, and otherwise in conformity with the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land Acquisitions.
    • DEPOSIT AND USE OF PROCEEDS- The consideration received by the Secretary would be deposited into the account in the Treasury established by Public Law 90-171.  The monies deposited would be available to the Secretary, until expended and without further appropriation, for the acquisition of lands and interests in land in the Francis Marion National Forest in South Carolina.
  • Survey- The land to be conveyed would be surveyed, and the survey and resulting land description shall be subject to approval by the Secretary.
  • Costs- The Secretary would require the Bonneau Baptist Church to pay all reasonable costs associated with the conveyance including:
    • appraisal;
    • survey;
    • closing costs, including deed recordation; and
    • any administrative and environmental analyses required by law or regulation.
  • Treatment of Existing Special Use Authorization- Upon completion of the conveyance, the Special Use Authorization provided to Bonneau Baptist Church for use of the conveyed lands would be deemed to be terminated.
  • Restriction on Use of Conveyed Land- The deed of conveyance for the land conveyed would restrict the use of the conveyed land to cemetery purposes. Structures may not be erected on the conveyed land, other than for monumentation or cemetery maintenance facilities.
  • Compliance With Federal Laws and Regulations- The conveyance of the land would be subject to compliance with existing laws and regulations.
  • Additional Terms and Conditions- The Secretary may require additional terms and conditions in connection with the conveyance as the Secretary considers appropriate to protect the interests of the United States.

Cost

CBO has not produced a cost estimate as of this time.