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115th Congress }                                          { REPORT
                        HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
 1st Session   }                                          { 115-205

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                 PASCUA YAQUI TRIBE LAND CONVEYANCE ACT

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 July 11, 2017.--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. 1404]

      [Including cost estimate of the Congressional Budget Office]

    The Committee on Natural Resources, to whom was referred 
the bill (H.R. 1404) to provide for the conveyance of certain 
land inholdings owned by the United States to the Tucson 
Unified School District and to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of 
Arizona, having considered the same, report favorably thereon 
without amendment and recommend that the bill do pass.

                          PURPOSE OF THE BILL

    The purpose of H.R. 1404 is to provide for the conveyance 
of certain land inholdings owned by the United States to the 
Tucson Unified School District and to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of 
Arizona.

                  BACKGROUND AND NEED FOR LEGISLATION

    The Pascua Yaqui Reservation is located in southern 
Arizona, 15 miles southwest of Tucson. In 1952, the original 
40-acre Pascua Village was annexed by the City of Tucson. In 
1964, Congressman Morris K. Udall introduced a bill to transfer 
202 acres of desert land southwest of Tucson to the Yaquis. The 
bill was later signed into law and the deed to the land was 
transferred to the recently formed Pascua Yaqui Association, a 
nonprofit Arizona corporation.
    The reservation was formally established in 1978 under 
Public Law 95-375, which also federally recognized the members 
of the Pascua Yaqui Association as the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. In 
1982, the reservation added an additional 690 acres for 
improving the socio-economic environment of tribal members with 
the enactment of Public Law 97-386. In the 113th Congress, 
Public Law 113-134 placed two 10-acre parcels into trust for 
the Tribe.
    The Tribe is interested in acquiring 40 acres of Tucson 
Unified School District land for flood control development 
through a land exchange with the District. The bill is needed 
because some lands exchanged under H.R. 1404 were patented to 
the District in 1981 pursuant to the Recreation and Public 
Purposes Act (RPPA, 43 U.S.C. 869 et seq.) and are intended 
only for a school site. A change in land use for RPPA-patented 
land requires an Act of Congress.
    While no hearing has been held on H.R. 1404 this Congress, 
the Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs 
held a hearing on a substantively identical bill, H.R. 2009, on 
November 4, 2015. That bill passed the House of Representatives 
by voice vote on June 7, 2016.

                            COMMITTEE ACTION

    H.R. 1404 was introduced on March 7, 2017, by Congressman 
Raul M. Grijalva (D-AZ). The bill was referred to the Committee 
on Natural Resources, and within the Committee to the 
Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs and 
the Subcommittee on Federal Lands. On June 22, 2017, the Full 
Natural Resources Committee met to consider the bill. The 
Subcommittee on Indian, Insular and Alaska Native Affairs and 
the Subcommittee on Federal Lands were discharged by unanimous 
consent. No amendments were offered and the bill was ordered 
favorably reported to the House of Representatives by voice 
vote on June 27, 2017.

            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 AND CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET ACT

    1. Cost of Legislation and the Congressional Budget Act. 
With respect to the requirements of clause 3(c)(2) and (3) of 
rule XIII of the Rules of the House of Representatives and 
sections 308(a) and 402 of the Congressional Budget Act of 
1974, the Committee has received the following estimate for the 
bill from the Director of the Congressional Budget Office:
                                     U.S. Congress,
                               Congressional Budget Office,
                                      Washington, DC, July 5, 2017.
Hon. Rob Bishop,
Chairman, Committee on Natural Resources,
House of Representatives, Washington, DC.
    Dear Mr. Chairman: The Congressional Budget Office has 
prepared the enclosed cost estimate for H.R. 1404, the Pascua 
Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act.
    If you wish further details on this estimate, we will be 
pleased to provide them. The CBO staff contact is Megan 
Carroll.
            Sincerely,
                                                        Keith Hall.
    Enclosure.

H.R. 1404--Pascua Yaqui Tribe Land Conveyance Act

    H.R. 1404 would authorize exchanges of land and related 
interests among the Pascua Yaqui Indian Tribe in Pima County, 
Arizona, the Tucson Unified School District, and the federal 
government. The proposed transactions involve three parcels of 
land and would be contingent on the school district 
relinquishing its interest in nearly 40 acres of land, which 
the Department of the Interior (DOI) would take into trust on 
behalf of the tribe. In exchange, DOI would convey to the 
school district roughly 13 acres of other land and, if 
requested by the district, the federal government's 
reversionary interest in nearly 28 acres of additional land, 
provided that the school district pays DOI the fair market 
value of such lands and interests.
    CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1404 would have no 
significant effect on the federal budget. Information from DOI 
indicates that any administrative costs incurred under the bill 
(which would be subject to appropriation), would not exceed 
$500,000 in any year. According to DOI, the affected lands 
currently generate no significant receipts and are not expected 
to do so over the next 10 years. And based on information from 
the Pima County Assessor's Office about the estimated market 
value of lands and interests that would be conveyed to the 
school district under the bill, CBO estimates that any proceeds 
to the federal government would total less than $500,000. Any 
such amounts would be recorded as offsetting receipts (which 
have the effect of decreasing direct spending); therefore, pay-
as-you-go procedures apply. Enacting H.R. 1404 would not affect 
revenues.
    CBO estimates that enacting H.R. 1404 would not increase 
net direct spending or on-budget deficits in any of the four 
consecutive 10-year periods beginning in 2028.
    H.R. 1404 contains no intergovernmental or private-sector 
mandates as defined in the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act.
    The CBO staff contacts for this estimate are Meghan 
Shrewsbury and Megan Carroll. The estimate was approved by 
Theresa Gullo, Assistant Director for Budget Analysis.
    2. 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 provide for the conveyance of 
certain land inholdings owned by the United States to the 
Tucson Unified School District and to the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of 
Arizona.

                           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. This bill does not contain any 
directed rule makings.
    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

    If enacted, this bill would make no changes in existing 
law.

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