H.R.1843 - Local Free Access Act105th Congress (1997-1998)
|Sponsor:||Rep. Bass, Charles F. [R-NH-2] (Introduced 06/10/1997)|
|Committees:||House - Resources|
|Latest Action:||House - 07/22/1997 Subcommittee Hearings Held. (All Actions)|
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Introduced in House (06/10/1997)
[Congressional Bills 105th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [H.R. 1843 Introduced in House (IH)] 105th CONGRESS 1st Session H. R. 1843 To amend title 31, United States Code, to address the failure to appropriate sufficient funds to make full payments in lieu of taxes under chapter 69 of such title by exempting certain users of the National Forest System from fees imposed in connection with such use. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES June 10, 1997 Mr. Bass (for himself, Mr. Sununu, Mr. Sanders, Mr. Metcalf, Mr. Parker, Mr. Young of Alaska, Mr. Boucher, Mr. Bono, Mr. Pastor, Mr. Stump, Mr. Strickland, Mr. Deal of Georgia, Mr. Norwood, Mr. Wicker, Mr. Graham, Mrs. Cubin, Mr. Herger, Mr. Hill, Mr. Hayworth, Mr. Riggs, and Mrs. Emerson) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Resources _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend title 31, United States Code, to address the failure to appropriate sufficient funds to make full payments in lieu of taxes under chapter 69 of such title by exempting certain users of the National Forest System from fees imposed in connection with such use. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Local Free Access Act''. SEC. 2. LOCAL EXEMPTIONS FROM FOREST SERVICE USER FEES ON ACCOUNT OF LESS THAN FULL FUNDING OF PAYMENTS IN LIEU OF TAXES. (a) Findings.--Congress finds the following: (1) The Federal Government provides payments in lieu of taxes under chapter 69 of title 31, United States Code, to compensate units of general local government whose tax base is diminished by Federal ownership of lands, including Federal lands in the National Forest System administered by the Forest Service. (2) Amounts appropriated to provide payments in lieu of taxes under such chapter have been significantly less than the amounts necessary to comply fully with the payment formulas contained in such chapter. (3) By failing to fully fund payments in lieu of taxes to units of general local government whose jurisdictions contain Federal lands, including National Forest System lands, the Federal Government is increasing the tax burden on local property owners. (b) National Forest User Fee Exemption.--Section 6906 of title 31, United States Code, is amended-- (1) by inserting ``(a)'' before ``Necessary''; and (2) by adding at the end the following new subsection: ``(b) Unless sufficient funds are appropriated for a fiscal year to provide full payments under this chapter to each unit of general local government eligible for such payments, persons residing within the boundaries of that unit of general local government shall be exempt during that fiscal year from any recreational user fees imposed by the Secretary of Agriculture for access to units of the National Forest System that lie, whole or in part, within such boundaries. The Secretary of Agriculture shall establish a method for identifying and exempting persons covered by this subsection from such user fees.''. <all>