Text: H.R.5781 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in House (07/14/2016)


114th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5781


To complement the Utah Public Lands Initiative by ensuring land use certainty in seven counties in Utah.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

July 14, 2016

Mr. Bishop of Utah (for himself and Mr. Chaffetz) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

To complement the Utah Public Lands Initiative by ensuring land use certainty in seven counties in Utah.

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 “Utah Public Lands Initiative Partner Act”.

SEC. 2. Findings.

Congress finds the following:

(1) The Utah Congressional delegation is advancing the Utah Public Lands Initiative (PLI), a seven county comprehensive land planning bill.

(2) PLI would designate more than 4,500,000 acres of Federal land for conservation purposes while making more than 1,000,000 acres of Federal land available for multiple use and sustained yield.

(3) Land use certainty and finality are fundamental principles of PLI.

(4) Section 320301 of title 54, United States Code (commonly known as the “Antiquities Act of 1906”) empowers the President of the United States with unilateral authority to designate Federal lands as national monuments.

(5) Enactment of PLI would preclude the need for future Presidents to use section 320301 of title 54, United States Code, in counties that participate in PLI.

(6) Local community support for PLI would diminish if permanent land use certainty is not achieved through the PLI and this Act.

SEC. 3. Limitation on designation of certain lands in Utah.

A national monument designation, or a boundary adjustment that increases the size of an existing national monument, under section 320301 of title 54, United States Code, within or on any portion of Federal land in the counties of Summit, Uintah, Duchesne, Carbon, Grand, Emery, and San Juan, in the State of Utah, shall be made only pursuant to an Act of Congress.


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