Summary: H.R.154 — 106th Congress (1999-2000)All Information (Except Text)

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Passed Senate amended (11/19/1999)

Directs the Secretaries of the Interior and Agriculture (Secretary), with respect to lands under their jurisdiction, to require a permit and establish a reasonable fee for commercial filming activities or similar projects on Federal lands. Directs the Secretary to also recover any costs associated with such activities, including administrative and personnel costs.

States that the Secretary shall not require a permit or assess a fee for still photography on such lands if the photography takes place where the public is generally allowed. Allows for such permit and fee when still photography takes place where the public is generally not allowed, or where administrative costs are likely. Requires a permit and fee for photography that uses models or props which are not part of the site.

Prohibits the Secretary from permitting any filming, still photography, or related activity if: (1) there is a likelihood of resource damage; (2) there would be unreasonable disruption of the site's public use and enjoyment; or (3) the activity poses public health or safety risks.

Provides for the use of such fees at the site in which they were collected for purposes stated under the Recreational Fee Demonstration Program.

Requires the Secretary to establish a process to ensure the timely response to permit applications.