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114th Congress    }                                     {       Report
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session      }                                     {      114-286

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     TO REMOVE THE USE RESTRICTIONS ON CERTAIN LAND TRANSFERRED TO 
          ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, VIRGINIA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

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October 6, 2015.--Committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the 
              State of the Union and ordered to be printed

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Mr. Bishop of Utah, from the Committee on Natural Resources, submitted 
                             the following

                              R E P O R T

                        [To accompany H.R. 2288]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 2288) to remove the use restrictions on certain 
land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia, and for other 
purposes, having considered the same, report favorably thereon 
with an amendment and recommend that the bill as amended do 
pass.
    The amendment is as follows:
  Strike all after the enacting clause and insert the 
following:

SECTION 1. REMOVAL OF USE RESTRICTION.

  Public Law 101-479 (104 Stat. 1158) is amended--
          (1) by striking section 2(d); and
          (2) by adding the following new section at the end:

``SEC. 4. REMOVAL OF USE RESTRICTION.

  ``(a) The approximately 1-acre portion of the land referred to in 
section 3 that is used for purposes of a child care center, as 
authorized by this Act, shall not be subject to the use restriction 
imposed in the deed referred to in section 3.
  ``(b) Upon enactment of this section, the Secretary of the Interior 
shall execute an instrument to carry out subsection (a).''.

                          Purpose of the Bill

    The purpose of H.R. 2288 is to remove the use restrictions 
on certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia.

                  Background and Need for Legislation

    In 1989, the Department of the Interior deeded a small 
parcel of land to Rockingham County, Virginia, for public 
purposes. This land includes a garage that had previously been 
used by the National Park Service. The County determined the 
non-profit Plains Area Day Care Center in Broadway, Virginia, 
which provides childcare, would benefit from use of the garage. 
Public Law 101-479 allowed the deed to be changed from public 
use for the particular use of the child care center. However, 
under the terms and restrictions of the transfer, the non-
profit is unable to obtain loans to make improvements and 
renovations to the property. H.R. 2288, as amended, would 
release deed restrictions on a 1-acre portion of the property 
already authorized by law to be used for a child care facility. 
The other two acres would continue to be subject to the 
existing deed's use restriction and reverter clause. The 
reported text represents an agreement between Congressman Bob 
Goodlatte, the bill's sponsor, and the National Park Service. 
The amendment also eliminates the requirement in section 2(d) 
of Public Law 101-479 for Rockingham County to report 
biennially to the Secretary of the Interior about the use of 
the property for a child care center, as well as other language 
in that section that is inconsistent with releasing the center 
from the deed restriction.

                            Committee Action

    H.R. 2288 was introduced on May 13, 2015, by Congressman 
Bob Goodlatte (R-VA). The bill was referred to the Committee on 
Natural Resources, and within the Committee to the Subcommittee 
on Federal Lands. On September 9, 2015, the Natural Resources 
Committee met to consider the bill. The Subcommittee was 
discharged by unanimous consent. Congressman Tom McClintock (R-
CA) offered an amendment designated 001. The amendment was 
adopted by unanimous consent. No other amendments were offered, 
and the bill, as amended, was ordered favorably reported to the 
House of Representatives by unanimous consent on September 10, 
2015.

            Committee Oversight Findings and Recommendations

    Regarding clause 2(b)(1) of rule X and clause 3(c)(1) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives, the 
Committee on Natural Resources' oversight findings and 
recommendations are reflected in the body of this report.

                    Compliance With House Rule XIII

    1. Cost of Legislation. Clause 3(d)(1) of rule XIII of the 
Rules of the House of Representatives requires an estimate and 
a comparison by the Committee of the costs which would be 
incurred in carrying out this bill. However, clause 3(d)(2)(B) 
of that rule provides that this requirement does not apply when 
the Committee has included in its report a timely submitted 
cost estimate of the bill prepared by the Director of the 
Congressional Budget Office under section 402 of the 
Congressional Budget Act of 1974. Under clause 3(c)(3) of rule 
XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and section 
403 of the Congressional Budget Act of 1974, the Committee has 
received the following cost estimate for this bill from the 
Director of the Congressional Budget Office:

H.R. 2288--A bill to remove the use restrictions on certain land 
        transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia, and for other 
        purposes

    H.R. 2288 would remove restrictions in the deed for a 
parcel of land that was conveyed by the National Park Service 
(NPS) to Rockingham County, Virginia. That restriction 
stipulates that the land can only be used for a public park and 
a child care center. Based on information provided by NPS, CBO 
estimates that implementing the bill would have no effect on 
the federal budget. Because enacting H.R. 2288 would not affect 
direct spending or revenues, pay-as-you-go procedures do not 
apply.
    H.R. 2288 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act and 
would not affect the budgets of state, local, or tribal 
governments.
    The CBO staff contact for this estimate is Jeff LaFave. The 
estimate was approved by H. Samual Papanfuss, Deputy Assistant 
Director for Budget Analysis.
    2. Section 308(a) of Congressional Budget Act. As required 
by clause 3(c)(2) of rule XIII of the Rules of the House of 
Representatives and section 308(a) of the Congressional Budget 
Act of 1974, this bill does not contain any new budget 
authority, spending authority, credit authority, or an increase 
or decrease in revenues or tax expenditures. The Congressional 
Budget Office estimates that enactment of this bill ``would 
have no effect on the federal budget.''
    3. General Performance Goals and Objectives. As required by 
clause 3(c)(4) of rule XIII, the general performance goal or 
objective of this bill is to remove the use restrictions on 
certain land transferred to Rockingham County, Virginia.

                           Earmark Statement

    This bill does not contain any Congressional earmarks, 
limited tax benefits, or limited tariff benefits as defined 
under clause 9(e), 9(f), and 9(g) of rule XXI of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives.

                    Compliance With Public Law 104-4

    This bill contains no unfunded mandates.

                       Compliance With H. Res. 5

    Directed Rule Making. The Chairman does not believe that 
this bill directs any executive branch official to conduct any 
specific rule-making proceedings.
    Duplication of Existing Programs. This bill does not 
establish or reauthorize a program of the federal government 
known to be duplicative of another program. Such program was 
not included in any report from the Government Accountability 
Office to Congress pursuant to section 21 of Public Law 111-139 
or identified in the most recent Catalog of Federal Domestic 
Assistance published pursuant to the Federal Program 
Information Act (Public Law 95-220, as amended by Public Law 
98-169) as relating to other programs.

                Preemption of State, Local or Tribal Law

    This bill is not intended to preempt any State, local or 
tribal law.

         Changes in Existing Law Made by the Bill, as Reported

    In compliance with clause 3(e) of rule XIII of the Rules of 
the House of Representatives, changes in existing law made by 
the bill, as reported, are shown as follows (existing law 
proposed to be omitted is enclosed in black brackets, new 
matter is printed in italic, and existing law in which no 
change is proposed is shown in roman):

                           PUBLIC LAW 101 479


    AN ACT To allow a certain parcel of land in Rockingham County, 
             Virginia, to be used for a child care center.



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SEC. 2. REQUIREMENTS.

    (a) A use permitted under this Act shall be confined to 
buildings in existence as of the date of enactment of this Act 
(which may be appropriately modified or altered so as to meet 
other applicablerequirements of law) and shall involve fencing 
or enclosing of no more than 3,500 square feet of the open 
space portions of the lands, and shall not preclude use of any 
of the land for other permissible purposes, subject to 
reasonable restrictions necessary to allow a use authorized 
under this Act.
    (b) The authority of the county under this Act shall be 
limited to the authorization of use of the land by a child care 
center serving children without regard to their race, creed, 
color, national origin, physical or mental disability, or sex, 
operated by a nonsectarian organization on a nonprofit basis 
and in compliance with all applicable requirements of the laws 
of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia.
    (c) Except as specified in this Act, this Act shall not 
increase or diminish the authority or responsibility of the 
county with respect to the land.
    [(d)(1) If the county, pursuant to this Act, authorizes use 
of the lands for a child care center, the county shall include 
information concerning such use in the biennial reports to the 
Secretary of the Interior required under the terms of the 
conveyance of the land to the county by the United States and 
shall also provide a copy of such information to appropriate 
officials of the United States and the Commonwealth of Virginia 
responsible for implementation of laws concerning the operation 
of child care centers.
            [(2) Any violation of the provisions of this Act 
        shall be deemed to be a breach of the conditions and 
        covenants under which the lands were conveyed to the 
        county by the United States, and shall have the same 
        effect, as provided in the deed whereby the United 
        States conveyed the lands to the county.]

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SEC. 4. REMOVAL OF USE RESTRICTION.

    (a) The approximately 1-acre portion of the land referred 
to in section 3 that is used for purposes of a child care 
center, as authorized by this Act, shall not be subject to the 
use restriction imposed in the deed referred to in section 3.
    (b) Upon enactment of this section, the Secretary of the 
Interior shall execute an instrument to carry out subsection 
(a).

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