H.R. 762: To validate final patent number 27-2005-0081, and for other purposes

H.R. 762

To validate final patent number 27-2005-0081, and for other purposes

Date
June 23, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

H.R. 762 is being considered on the floor under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. This legislation was introduced by Rep. Dean Heller (R-NV) on January 28, 2009. The bill was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources, which held a mark-up on June 10, and reported the bill by unanimous consent.

Bill Summary

H.R. 762 would affirm and validate land patent number 27-2005-0081, which provides for a transfer of land in Nevada from the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) to Coyote Springs Investment, LLC. The patent was issued on February 18, 2005, and would transfer approximately 14,000 acres to Coyote Springs Investment.

Background

On February 18, 2009, the Bureau of Land Management issued patent number 27-2005-0081, which transferred lands from the BLM to Coyote Springs Investment. The transfer was made pursuant to the Nevada-Florida Land Exchange Authorization Act of 1988, which authorized the Secretary of Interior to convey certain lands in Nevada to the Aerojet-General Corporation in exchange for private lands that the company held in Florida. Over the years, the right to the conveyance was procured by Coyote Springs Investment. The patent issued by the BLM replaced the original patent that transferred the federal land to the Aerojet-General Corporation and conveyed the land to Coyote Springs Investment. In 2006, a non-profit land-conveyance monitoring group known as the Western Lands Project filed a court injunction to block the conveyance, arguing that the patent was issued before proper environmental assessments were complete. H.R. 762 would validate that patent and the land transfer which have been held-up in court for nearly three years.

Cost

A CBO score for H.R. 762 was not yet available.