S.146 - Public Access to Public Land Guarantee Act114th Congress (2015-2016)
|Sponsor:||Sen. Flake, Jeff [R-AZ] (Introduced 01/12/2015)|
|Committees:||Senate - Energy and Natural Resources|
|Latest Action:||Senate - 06/10/2015 Committee on Energy and Natural Resources Senate Subcommittee on National Parks. Hearings held. With printed Hearing: S.Hrg. 114-338. (All Actions)|
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Summary: S.146 — 114th Congress (2015-2016)All Information (Except Text)
Introduced in Senate (01/12/2015)
Public Access to Public Land Guarantee Act
Directs the Department of the Interior or the Department of Agriculture, with respect to land under their respective jurisdictions, pursuant to a state or local government offer, to enter into an agreement under which the United States may accept funds from the state or local government to reopen any unit of the National Park System, the National Wildlife Refuge System, or the National Forest System within the state or local government during any period in which there is a lapse in appropriations for that unit.
Makes such authority effective only during a period in which the department is unable to operate and manage covered units at normal levels.
Requires the appropriate department to refund to the state or local government all amounts it provided to the United States under such an agreement: (1) upon enactment of an Act retroactively appropriating amounts sufficient to maintain normal operating levels at the reopened covered unit, or (2) on the date on which the state or local government establishes that the department collected entrance or user fees for the covered units during the period in which the agreement was in effect.
Allows the appropriate department, if such refund requirements are not met, to reimburse the state or local government voluntarily for any amounts it provided to the United States under such an agreement.