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Short Titles

Short Titles as Enacted

Highlands Conservation Act

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Highlands Conservation Act

Short Titles as Introduced

Highlands Stewardship Act

Short Titles - Senate

Short Titles as Passed Senate

Highlands Conservation Act

Short Titles as Reported to Senate

Highlands Conservation Act

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Titles as Amended by House

To assist the States of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania in conserving priority lands and natural resources in the Highlands region, and for other purposes.

Official Title as Introduced

To establish the Highlands Stewardship Area in the States of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (9)

Date
11/30/2004Became Public Law No: 108-421. (TXT | PDF)
11/30/2004Signed by President.
11/20/2004Presented to President.
11/17/2004Resolving differences -- House actions: On motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by voice vote.
10/10/2004Passed/agreed to in Senate: Passed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent.(consideration: CR S11127-11183; text as passed Senate: CR S11178-11180)
09/28/2004Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. Reported by Senator Domenici with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 108-376.
11/21/2003Passed/agreed to in House: On motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote.(text: CR H12118-112119)
11/17/2003Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Resources. H. Rept. 108-373, Part I.
05/06/2003Introduced in House

All Actions (32)

Date Chamber
11/30/2004Became Public Law No: 108-421. (TXT | PDF)
11/30/2004Signed by President.
11/20/2004HousePresented to President.
11/17/2004-4:11pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11/17/2004-4:11pmHouseOn motion that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment Agreed to by voice vote.
11/17/2004-4:05pmHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1964.
11/17/2004-4:05pmHouseMr. Gibbons moved that the House suspend the rules and agree to the Senate amendment. (consideration: CR H9826-9828; text as House agreed to Senate amendment: CR H9826-9827)
11/16/2004SenateMessage on Senate action sent to the House.
10/10/2004SenatePassed Senate with an amendment by Unanimous Consent. (consideration: CR S11127-11183; text as passed Senate: CR S11178-11180)
09/28/2004SenatePlaced on Senate Legislative Calendar under General Orders. Calendar No. 735.
09/28/2004SenateCommittee on Energy and Natural Resources. Reported by Senator Domenici with an amendment in the nature of a substitute. With written report No. 108-376.
Action By: Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
09/15/2004SenateCommittee on Energy and Natural Resources. Ordered to be reported with an amendment in the nature of a substitute favorably.
Action By: Committee on Energy and Natural Resources
12/09/2003SenateRead twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
11/22/2003SenateReceived in the Senate.
11/21/2003-10:56amHouseThe title of the measure was amended. Agreed to without objection.
11/21/2003-10:56amHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
11/21/2003-10:56amHouseOn motion to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended Agreed to by voice vote. (text: CR H12118-112119)
11/21/2003-10:38amHouseDEBATE - The House proceeded with forty minutes of debate on H.R. 1964.
11/21/2003-10:38amHouseConsidered under suspension of the rules. (consideration: CR H12118-12121)
11/21/2003-10:38amHouseMr. Calvert moved to suspend the rules and pass the bill, as amended.
11/17/2003HouseHouse Committee on Agriculture Granted an extension for further consideration ending not later than Nov. 21, 2003.
11/17/2003HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Resources. H. Rept. 108-373, Part I.
Action By: Committee on Resources
10/29/2003HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
Action By: Committee on Resources
10/29/2003HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Resources
10/29/2003HouseSubcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands Discharged.
Action By: Committee on Resources
06/17/2003HouseSubcommittee Hearings Held.
Action By: House Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation, and Public Lands
06/03/2003HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural Development and Research.
Action By: Committee on Agriculture
06/03/2003HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation and Public Lands.
Action By: Committee on Resources
05/06/2003HouseReferred to House Agriculture
05/06/2003HouseReferred to House Resources
05/06/2003HouseReferred to the Committee on Resources, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
05/06/2003HouseIntroduced in House

Committees (3)

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Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Resources05/06/2003 Referred to
10/29/2003 Markup by
11/17/2003 Reported by H. Rept. 108-373
House Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Recreation, and Public Lands06/03/2003 Referred to
06/17/2003 Hearings by
10/29/2003 Discharged from
House Agriculture05/06/2003 Referred to
House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Credit, Rural Development, and Research06/03/2003 Referred to
Senate Energy and Natural Resources12/09/2003 Referred to
09/15/2004 Markup by
09/28/2004 Reported by S. Rept. 108-376

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Latest Summary (3)

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Public Law No: 108-421 (11/30/2004)

Highlands Conservation Act - (Sec. 2) Sets forth the purposes of this Act, including authorizing the Secretary of the Interior to provide financial assistance to the States of Connecticut, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania (Highland States) to preserve and protect high priority conservation land in the Highlands region, an area depicted on a National Forest Service map entitled "The Highlands Region" dated June 2004.

(Sec. 4) Authorizes the governors of the Highland States to annually submit proposed land conservation partnership projects to the Secretary for Federal financial assistance. Defines "land conservation partnership project" as a project located in the Highlands region that is identified by the Forest Service in specified studies as having a high conservation value, and in which a non-Federal entity (i.e., any Highlands State or any agency of a Highlands State with authority to own and manage land for conservation purposes) acquires land from a willing seller to permanently protect, conserve, or preserve the land through a partnership with the Federal Government. Directs the Secretary to annually submit to Congress a list of projects that are eligible for financial assistance. Sets forth eligibility conditions for financial assistance to non-Federal entities.

Limits the Federal share of the cost of any land conservation partnership project to 50 percent. Authorizes appropriations for FY 2005 through FY 2014.

(Sec. 5) Directs the Secretary of Agriculture, acting through the Chief of the Forest Service, to continue to assist the Highland States and other public and private entities in the conservation of land and natural resources in the Highlands region. Authorizes appropriations for FY 2005 through FY 2014.

(Sec. 6) Prohibits anything in this Act from: (1) requiring a private property owner to permit public access, including access by any government, to private property; (2) modifying any law on public access to, or use of, private land; (3) creating any liability of a private property owner for persons injured on the private property; (4) modifying any governmental authority to regulate land use; and (5) requiring private property owners in the Highlands region to participate in the land conservation, financial, or technical assistance programs established by this Act. Provides that funds appropriated under this Act shall be used to purchase land or interests in land only from willing sellers.