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Introduced in Senate (03/13/2017)


115th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 614


To require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a pilot program for commercial recreation concessions on certain land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

March 13, 2017

Mr. Flake (for himself and Mr. McCain) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources


A BILL

To require the Secretary of the Interior to establish a pilot program for commercial recreation concessions on certain land managed by the Bureau of Land Management.

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 “RPPA Commercial Recreation Concessions Pilot Program Act ”.

SEC. 2. Commercial recreation concessions pilot program.

The Act of June 14, 1926 (commonly known as the “Recreation and Public Purposes Act”) (43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.), is amended by adding at the end the following:

“SEC. 7. Commercial recreation concessions pilot program.

“(a) In general.—Notwithstanding any other provision of this Act (including regulations), not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this section, the Secretary shall establish a pilot program to authorize commercial recreation concessions on land patented or leased under this Act.

“(b) Concessions agreements.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—In carrying out the pilot program established under subsection (a), the Secretary shall enter into not more than 10 agreements with parties to whom the land described in subsection (a) has been patented or leased for the establishment of commercial recreation concessions on the land covered by the agreement.

“(2) TERM.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—An agreement entered into under paragraph (1) shall be for a period that is consistent with the period of time required to amortize the capital investment made under the agreement but in any case not longer than 20 years.

“(B) EXTENSION.—On a finding of satisfactory performance, the Secretary may extend the term of an agreement for 1 additional period equal in length to the initial term.

“(3) THIRD-PARTY AGREEMENTS.—

“(A) IN GENERAL.—A party to an agreement entered into under paragraph (1) may enter into agreements with third parties for the establishment of commercial recreation concessions pursuant to the agreement entered into under paragraph (1).

“(B) TERM.—An agreement entered into under subparagraph (A) shall not be for a period that is longer than the term of the agreement entered into under paragraph (1).

“(c) Use of funds.—A party to an agreement entered into under subsection (b)(1) shall not be required to use revenue collected pursuant to the commercial recreation concessions on the land covered by the agreement.

“(d) Authorized activities.—For the term of an agreement entered into under subsection (b)(1), with respect to land covered by the agreement, any activity defined as permissible under parts 2920 and 2930 of title 43, Code of Federal Regulations, shall be permissible.

“(e) Effect.—The establishment of commercial recreation concessions under subsection (b) shall not be considered to be a change in use for purposes of this Act.”.