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  2d Session
                                H. R. 6738

   To authorize, direct, expedite, and facilitate a land exchange in 
            Bullhead City, Arizona, and for other purposes.



                           September 7, 2018

Mr. Gosar (for himself, Ms. McSally, Mr. Biggs, Ms. Sinema, Mrs. Lesko, 
 and Mr. Schweikert) introduced the following bill; which was referred 
                 to the Committee on Natural Resources


                                 A BILL

   To authorize, direct, expedite, and facilitate a land exchange in 
            Bullhead City, Arizona, and for other purposes.

    Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the 
United States of America in Congress assembled,


    This Act may be cited as the ``Black Mountain Range and Bullhead 
City Land Exchange Act of 2018''.


    In this Act:
            (1) City.--The term ``City'' means Bullhead City, Arizona.
            (2) Non-federal land.--The term ``non-Federal Land'' means 
        the approximately 1,100 acres of land owned by Bullhead City in 
        the Black Mountain Range generally depicted as ``Bullhead City 
        Land to be Exchanged to BLM'' on the Map.
            (3) Map.--The term ``Map'' means the map entitled 
        ``Bullhead City Land Exchange'', dated August 24, 2018.
            (4) Federal land.--The term ``Federal land'' means the 
        approximately 345.2 acres of land in Bullhead City, Arizona, 
        generally depicted as ``Federal Land to be exchanged to 
        Bullhead City'' on the Map.
            (5) Secretary.--The term ``Secretary'' means the Secretary 
        of Interior.


    (a) In General.--If after December 15, 2020, the City offers to 
convey to the Secretary all right, title, and interest of the City in 
and to the non-Federal land, the Secretary shall accept the offer and 
simultaneously convey to the City all right, title, and interest of the 
United States in and to the Federal land.
    (b) Land Title.--Title to the non-Federal land conveyed to the 
Secretary under this Act shall be in a form acceptable to the Secretary 
and shall conform to the title approval standards of the Attorney 
General of the United States applicable to land acquisitions by the 
Federal Government.
    (c) Exchange Costs.--The City shall pay for all land survey, 
appraisal, and other costs to the Secretary as may be necessary to 
process and consummate the exchange under this Act, including 
reimbursement to the Secretary, if the Secretary so requests, for staff 
time spent in such processing and consummation.


    (a) Appraisals.--The values of the lands to be exchanged under this 
Act shall be determined by the Secretary through appraisals performed 
in accordance with--
            (1) the Uniform Appraisal Standards for Federal Land 
            (2) the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal 
            (3) appraisal instructions issued by the Secretary; and
            (4) shall be performed by an appraiser mutually agreed to 
        by the Secretary and the City.
    (b) Equal Value Exchange.--The values of the Federal and non-
Federal land parcels exchanged shall be equal, or if they are not 
equal, shall be equalized as follows:
            (1) Surplus of federal land value.--If the final appraised 
        value of the Federal land exceeds the final appraised value of 
        the non-Federal land, the City shall reduce the amount of land 
        it is requesting from the Federal Government in order to create 
        an equal value in accordance with section 206(b) of the Federal 
        Land Policy and Management Act of 1976 (43 U.S.C. 1716(b)). 
        Land that is not exchanged because of equalization under this 
        paragraph shall remain subject to lease under the Recreation 
        and Public Purposes Act.
            (2) Use of funds.--Any cash equalization moneys received by 
        the Secretary under paragraph (1) shall be--
                    (A) deposited in the fund established under Public 
                Law 90-171 (commonly known as the ``Sisk Act''; 16 
                U.S.C. 484a); and
                    (B) made available to the Secretary for the 
                acquisition of land or interests in land in BLM 
            (3) Surplus of non-federal land value.--If the final 
        appraised value of the non-Federal land exceeds the final 
        appraised value of the Federal land, the United States shall 
        not make a cash equalization payment to the City, and surplus 
        value of the non-Federal land shall be considered a donation by 
        the City to the United States for all purposes of law.


    Lands acquired by the Secretary under this Act are, upon such 
acquisition, automatically and permanently withdrawn from all forms of 
appropriation and disposal under the public land laws (including the 
mining and mineral leasing laws) and the Geothermal Steam Act of 1930 
(30 U.S.C. 1001 et seq.).


    (a) Minor Errors.--The Secretary and the City may, by mutual 
            (1) make minor boundary adjustments to the Federal and non-
        Federal lands involved in the exchange; and
            (2) correct any minor errors in any map, acreage estimate, 
        or description of any land to be exchanged.
    (b) Conflict.--If there is a conflict between a map, an acreage 
estimate, or a description of land under this Act, the map shall 
control unless the Secretary and the City mutually agree otherwise.
    (c) Availability.--The Secretary shall file and make available for 
public inspection in the Arizona headquarters of the Bureau of Land 
Management a copy of all maps referred to in this Act.


    The exchange of Federal land and non-Federal land under this Act 
shall not constitute a major Federal action for purposes of the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.).

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