CONGRESSWOMAN ELISE STEFANIK
The House is scheduled to consider H.R. 940 on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds majority vote for passage. H.R. 940 was introduced on July 10, 2009, by Rep. Alexander (R-LA) and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, which held a mark-up and reported the bill July 29.
H.R. 940 would require the Secretary of Agriculture to sell approximately 80 acres of land in the Kisatchie National Forest in Louisiana to Collins Camp Properties, Incorporated. The bill would require Collins Camp Properties to pay full market value for the property. In addition, Miami-Dade County would be responsible for any administrative costs associated with the conveyance.
According to Committee Report 111-250, Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Kisatchie National Forest contains approximately 50 acres of campsites owned by Collins Camp Properties. The bill would allow the USDA to sell the land to the camp so it would no longer be responsible for the maintenance of the area which the campsites occupy. Any funds from the sale (which CBO estimates would be less than $1 million) would be made available to the Forest Service without additional appropriation for the acquisition of lands and interests in land in the Kisatchie National Forest.
According to CBO, any funds received by the USDA from the sale of the land would be spent over the next five years; therefore the bill would not result in the loss or gain of income to the Forest Service.