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Passed House amended (09/14/1983)

(Measure passed House, amended roll call #334 (301-93))

Ocean and Coastal Resources Management and Development Block Grant Act - Establishes within the Treasury an Ocean and Coastal Resources Management and Development Fund. Limits the total amount payable into the Fund during any fiscal year.

Directs the Secretary of Commerce to use specified portions of such funds to: (1) carry out the National Sea Grant College Program; and (2) provide national ocean and coastal resources management and development block grants to each coastal State.

Requires such States to report grant allocation and project information, and provide opportunity for public comment before receiving such grants.

Sets forth a grant allocation formula based on: (1) actual and future outer continental shelf lease sales, including oil and gas; (2) coastal related energy activities; (3) shoreline mileage; and (4) coastal population. Establishes a minimum grant of one-half of one percent of authorized funds for States having approved coastal management programs. Presumes a State's management program approved if the Secretary determines that the State is making satisfactory progress toward development of the program. Allows one one-year extension of such presumption.

Specifies activities authorized by the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (and coastal energy impact program), and living marine and natural resource management projects as the only eligible uses of block grants.

Requires States receiving such grants to submit an expenditure assessment to the Secretary.

Directs the Secretary to promulgate implementing regulations.

Directs each State receiving a block grant in any fiscal year to: (1) establish an effective mechanism for consultation and coordination with its local governments with respect to the allocation of such block grant within the State; and (2) provide its local governments with allocations from such block grant commensurate with their responsibilities.

Directs the State to give particular emphasis to the activities of local governments in: (1) providing public services and public facilities which are required as a result of coastal energy activity; and (2) preventing, reducing, or ameliorating any unavoidable loss of valuable environmental or recreational resources if such loss results from coastal energy activity.

Amends the Submerged Lands Act to declare immobilized, for the purposes of such Act and the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act, any boundary between a State and the United States which has been fixed by coordinates under a final decree of the U.S. Supreme Court.