Text: S.2861 — 116th Congress (2019-2020)All Information (Except Text)

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Introduced in Senate (11/14/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. 2861


To amend the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 to clarify the prohibition on the use of certain Federal funds for lobbying, and for other purposes.


IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 14, 2019

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


A BILL

To amend the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 to clarify the prohibition on the use of certain Federal funds for lobbying, and for other purposes.

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

SECTION 1. Use of county funds.

(a) In general.—Section 302 of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 7142) is amended—

(1) in subsection (a)—

(A) in paragraph (2), by redesignating subparagraphs (A) and (B) as clauses (i) and (ii), respectively, and indenting appropriately;

(B) in paragraph (3), by striking “paragraph (2)” and inserting “subparagraph (B)”;

(C) by redesignating paragraphs (1) through (4) as subparagraphs (A) through (D), respectively, and indenting appropriately;

(D) in the matter preceding subparagraph (A) (as so redesignated), by striking “A participating” and inserting the following:

“(1) IN GENERAL.—A participating”; and

(E) by adding at the end the following:

“(2) PROHIBITION.—In accordance with section 1913 of title 18, United States Code, county funds shall not be used for—

“(A) any expense relating to lobbying; or

“(B) any activity the purpose of which is to influence a State or Federal lawmaker.”; and

(2) by adding at the end the following:

“(c) Rulemaking.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this subsection, the Chief of the Forest Service, in coordination with the Director of the Bureau of Land Management, shall promulgate regulations providing guidance for participating counties on the appropriate use of county funds.

“(2) PUBLICATION.—The Chief of the Forest Service and the Director of the Bureau of Land Management shall publish the guidance under paragraph (1) on a publicly available website of the Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management, respectively.”.

(b) Reports.—Section 303 of the Secure Rural Schools and Community Self-Determination Act of 2000 (16 U.S.C. 7143) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(c) Summary reports.—

“(1) IN GENERAL.—Each participating county shall submit to the Secretary concerned an annual report summarizing the certification submitted under subsection (a) for the relevant year, including a brief description of how the participating county used county funds during the year covered by the report.

“(2) SUBMISSION.—A participating county shall submit a report under paragraph (1) at such time, in such manner, and containing such information as the Secretary concerned may require.

“(3) PUBLIC AVAILABILITY.—The Secretary concerned shall make each report submitted under paragraph (1) publicly available online in a machine-readable format.”.


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